I should’ve been an Engineering major.
A couple of days ago, I decided to (gasp) wake up early and wander around the science buildings before going to my class in Physics. Needless to say given the photo above, I noticed quite the juxtaposition going from Kim back into the Physics building, which as best as I can tell was dedicated by Isaac Newton shortly after his publication of Principia Mathematica in 1687.
The Kim building was very cool, though, containing such facilities as The W.M. Keck Foundation Laboratory for Combinatorial Nanosynthesis and Multiscale Characterization and the Tissue Engineering & Biomaterials Laboratory, where I can only assume they’re working on new developments in Kleenex.
After Kim, I wandered over to the Engineering Annex across the street, which was locked. The back of the building has an entrance to the Robotics Realization Laboratory, which sounds like just about the coolest thing ever and is definitely somewhere I’ll have to come back to check out.
I went into the Potomac Building in front of Kim, which is one of those old buildings that probably did not contain the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute when it was built.
I wandered some more and came upon the Central Animal Resources Facility. “Good old CARF,” I did not think to myself, because I’d never noticed the building before. But I went in, and had a lovely conversation with a woman in a conference room by the lobby that went something like this:
Her: Can I help you?
Me: Oh, no thanks, um, I’m just looking around.
Her: Well, you can’t “just look around.”
Me: Oh, ok. Thank you! [I exit.]
But hey, still counts! I went into that building with the weird glass windows, which turned out to be the Animal Science/Agricultural Engineering Building. Then I checked out the mysterious Institute for Physical Science and Technology across from J.M. Paterson. I took some good pictures, and only felt a little bit sketchy doing so, but perhaps I’ll save those for future posts.
Anyway, looking at my Master List O’ Buildings, it turns out that Kim is on there three times. That means that I can actually count seven buildings marked off, even though I only went into four!
140 buildings to go!