New biological teaching laboratories at Macquarie University
Last week saw the successful official opening of three new state-of-the-art, interconnected biological teaching laboratories in Building E8C at Macquarie University.
The new labs, part of ongoing renovations within the Macquarie Faculty of Science and Engineering, will enable undergraduate biology students access to modern, cutting-edge equipment, bringing them up to the world-class standard of the university’s other digital learning environments.
Aside from the state-of-the-art microscopes, the three labs also sport large internal and external display windows, featuring interesting relevant teaching materials that will complement the class activities.
These new look labs allow teachers and students to work together using the latest integrated technologies. The microscopy instruments’ integration system give students the opportunity to develop critical, analytical, and integrative thinking through their investigations—turning their laboratory sessions into targeted, intelligently explained, and purposeful learning experiences.
The new labs were launched by Daniel Mehring, Marketing Director for industry partner VWR International, with more than 100 staff members and friends of the Macquarie Department of Biological Sciences in attendance. The launch event was a celebratory interactive welcome function enabling guests to preview the new labs and experiencing the sample displays set up on the new digital microscopes.
“One thing that surprised me was that staff and guests couldn’t quite get enough of looking through the microscopes at the displays,” Rekha Joshi, Senior Technical Manager commented.
“They were all thrilled to see what they were not expecting to see, which in many ways is what these new labs are all about.”
Macquarie University has an international reputation for being innovative in the study of science. It is at the forefront of research nationally and internationally, and excels in the application and commercialization of new discoveries.
The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Macquarie is broken down into the following departments:
- Department of Biological Sciences
- Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences
- Department of Chiropractic
- Department of Computing
- Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
- Department of Engineering
- Department of Environment and Geography
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Physics and Astronomy
- Department of Statistics