U of G Opens 'One-Stop' Science Learning Centre

October 26, 2011 - News Release

The University of Guelph opened its new Science Commons today as a “one-stop learning” resource centre in the McLaughlin Library. Here students in mathematics and statistics, physics and chemistry can get one-on-one help with courses, and use group and individual study space.

The 6,000-square-foot centre occupies much of the library’s third level. “The Science Commons is a genuine expression of our commitment to students,” said Prof. Tony Vannelli, dean of the College of Physical and Engineering Science.

“We recognize and appreciate the unique challenges of learning in the sciences. We wanted to provide a place where students could focus on their studies and get integrated learning support.”

Math and stats, chemistry and physics together attract more than 5,000 students.

“The library is an integral partner with the science disciplines,” said Mike Ridley, the University’s chief librarian and chief information officer. “We are proud to play such a leading role in the University’s commitment to learning support.”

The new Science Commons is centrally located and offers natural lighting and ample space, he said. Tables and soft seating will encourage group study, and rooms furnished with audiovisual equipment and whiteboards will help meet special programming needs.

Teaching assistants from high-enrolment and challenging courses will be available to help students at certain times of the day, along with integrated programming through the library’s Learning Commons.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, lhunt@uoguelph.ca, or Shiona Mackenzie, Ext. 56982, shiona@exec.uoguelph.ca.

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