April 6, 2007

Research Building Photos

Iris Scanner

It’s a biometric iris scanner.

UMass Dartmouth will open a new 22,000 square foot research building on April 5 at 4 p.m. The facility, which will focus on bio-engineering, molecular biology, and cell biology, will be the home of the National Botulinum Research Center and the first core campus facility devoted entirely to research. (from the press release)

I attended the ribbon-cutting yesterday with Becky, SH and Sara to show our support, represent our research center and set up a display so that others could see some of our Math Ed. research.

Check out this set of pictures on Flickr, if you’re interested.

The research building will house a center to study botulinum in an effort to find ways to counter bioterrorism. Because of the extreme toxicity of botulinum toxin (the most toxic substance known to man, according to the researchers I spoke to) extraordinary safety measures are necessary. But beyond what you would expect for a lab, security measures are also in place. A large wall prevents vehicles from driving up to the building. Biometric csanners and other security measures prevent access to the botulinum lab. Wild stuff.

Posted by James at April 6, 2007 9:51 AM
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Yeah, impressive.

I still have two words: campus police.

Posted by: Sara at April 6, 2007 1:20 PM

I think that the lab system, at least, doesn't rely on the campus police. I think the building itself isn't meant to be completely secure. Just the labs.

I hope nobody makes a run at the building. My main concern would be social weaknesses in the security rather then physical weaknesses.

Posted by: James at April 7, 2007 1:47 PM

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