media release

Science comes alive at SFU Surrey

September 20, 2011

Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;

Podium 2 space
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There’s more than textbook science happening at SFU Surrey this semester – new lab space means first- and second-year science students can perform their experiments without leaving campus.

Lab space in chemistry, biology, physics and biomedical physiology and kinesiology (BPK), all part of the campus’s new Podium 2 expansion, has eliminated the need for students to trek up to the Burnaby campus for the lab component of their studies.

“We expect there will be increasing demand for chemistry courses now that we have these facilities,” says Ken McFarlane, manager of lab operations for chemistry.

The chemistry lab can accommodate 64 students per lab session. Meanwhile biology gains more than 3,000 sq. ft. of teaching and support lab space and has the capacity for 50 students. The support space includes a plant room and a chilled marine aquarium for holding live specimens for demonstration.

Teaching labs are also in place for physics and BPK.

The labs will also allow outreach programs like Science in Action and Science Alive to offer more workshops.

An official opening of the new Podium 2 space with representatives from both federal and provincial governments is expected to take place later this fall.

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