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Alaa EissaStudent Alaa Eissa poses beneath the new banners hanging in the atrium of the Essex CORe.

Banners highlight science research strengths

Banners hanging in the atrium of the Essex Centre of Research (CORe) help to define the space for all faculty, staff, and students in science, says dean Chris Houser.

“If you think of our separate departments and programs, you have silos,” he says. “We want to highlight the research strengths we have across disciplines, some areas that we are known for internationally.”

The banners bear images identifying advanced materials, the environment, biomedical sciences, and data analytics — along with one spelling the word “Science” with graphic elements of the other four.

“Together, they create a better sense of what the Faculty of Science is,” says Dr. Houser. “These four areas illustrate some of our key strengths in science.”

Graphic designer Marnie Robillard of the Office of Public Affairs and Communications created the banners, which were mounted Thursday on the west interior wall of the building’s third floor.

Houser praises the contribution of third-year biology student Elaina Pardalis, a member of the Science Meets Art club whose painting of a cell adorns the biomed banner.

“It was wonderful to be able to incorporate the undergrad design,” Houser says. “It shows the breadth of the experiences our students get here.”

The Essex CORe opened in December 2018. It comprises state-of-the-art laboratory space and is home to research groups in Materials Chemistry, Medical Physics, and Translational Health.

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