About the USB Laboratories
In the summer of 2010, the General Biology, EEB teaching labs and Instructors moved from the 1908-built section of the Chemistry Building over to the modern Undergraduate Science Building (USB), which was built in 2006. The USB had been housing courses for cell biology, microbiology, animal physiology, genetics, developmental biology, neurobiology and endocrinology. The USB now has 16 teaching labs on three floors, and many associated preparation rooms, offices, and other teaching areas used for MCDB and EEB teaching. The USB is located about two blocks from the Kraus Natural Science building.
The new laboratories are more spacious with better space utilization, better equipped for the students and instructors, have improved layouts without large pillars obstructing views, moveable tables and chairs, wireless and hard-wired Internet, integrated DVD/VHS/Internet/computer/sound system, whiteboards, computer drawing tablets, improved climate control and lighting, and key code entry allowing students expanded access to work on projects.
In 2012, the labs supported thousands of students: 2,730 enrolled in Biology courses, 205 in EEB, and 375 in MCDB, leading to an impressive total of 3,310 students.
"These modern labs allow instructors to use more advanced teaching methods than in the past," said Dennis Drobeck, biology lab/classroom services supervisor, the mastermind behind the move. All of his educational lab services staff are now together in USB and the majority of EEB's undergraduate labs are consolidated in USB.
USB Teaching Laboratory Receives the Sustainable Lab Recognition Program Silver Award
In November of 2012, the teaching labs for General Biology 173 in the Undergraduate Science Building earned the silver rating from the Office of Campus Sustainability. Rooms 2114-15 and 2122-23 in the USB Teaching Laboratory are part of the MCDB and EEB Biology program. The course uses a large volume of varied materials for instructional purposes. Each week students are engaged in a different activity and experiment. Knowledge of sustainability will help encourage and enhance student involvement in this effort.
The lab supervisory team includes: (from left to right) the lab/classroom services technicians: Mark Brahce, Carrie Stevens, Chris Davis, Charles Davey (not pictured), and Dennis Drobeck. Sudhakar Reddy, coordinator-sustainable labs from the Office of Campus Sustainability, is standing. The team received special wall clocks and a certificate of recognition.
Learn more about the biology labs earning Silver Sustainable Lab status. For more on the University's sustainable labs, visit the Sustainable Lab Recognition Program Website.