September 27, 2006
ONEONTA, N.Y. -- The SUNY College at Oneonta has received a state grant in the amount of $100,000 for its Science Discovery Center, the interactive science educational facility that has served over 100,000 visitors since its founding in 1990 by SUNY-Oneonta Professor Emeritus Albert Read. The legislative initiative grant to the College was a direct result of the efforts of State Senator James L. Seward.
The grant will enable the Science Discovery Center to expand its outreach to local elementary and secondary teachers, provide additional education resources for teachers and students, and improve the facility itself.
The center's director, Associate Professor Hugh Gallagher, Jr., of the College's Physics and Astronomy Department, commented on the significance of the grant. "I'm thrilled that the College will have this tremendous opportunity to enhance such a valuable community resource," said Dr. Gallagher. "The unique collection of hands-on science exhibits offers people of all ages a way to touch and feel the physical sciences."
Plans for the grant include increasing contact with science and math teachers in area schools, establishing a library space with resources such as books and computers for the use of educators, and hosting workshops on developing effective science demonstrations. The grant will also assist with re-decorating the center, developing new exhibits, and enhancing the interactivity of other exhibits.
The Science Discovery Center was established in 1990 as the result of the vision and efforts of Professor Albert Read. He retired from his position as a SUNY-Oneonta faculty member in 1985 and focused on the center for the next 20 years, until his retirement as director of the center last year. Dr. Gallagher, who had served as assistant director of the center for two years, took over as director in 2005.
Located in the Physical Science Building on the SUNY-Oneonta campus, the Science Discovery Center is a hands-on science museum for all ages. More information about the center and the grant is available from Dr. Hugh Gallagher at (607) 436-3177.
For more information about the College, please call the Community Relations Office at (607) 436-2748 or send e-mail to Hal Legg, Director of Communications.