Brockman Hall dedicated at Rice

Officials from Rice University and the U.S. Department of Commerce today dedicated Brockman Hall for Physics, a state-of-the-art research facility that is the new home for fundamental and applied physics research at Rice. The 111,000-square-foot, four-story building was partially funded by $11.1 million in federal stimulus funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

"Brockman Hall enhances Rice's status as one of the nation's premier research universities, and it ensures that Ricewill remain a leader in fundamental and applied physics research for years to come," said Rice President David Leebron. "The impact of Brockman Hall goes beyond bricks and mortar. This facility forges new pathways between science and engineering, between theory and practice and between Rice's first and second centuries."

Special guests at the building's dedication ceremony included Patrick Gallagher, undersecretary of commerce for science and technology and NIST director; Robert Celotta, director of NIST's Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology; and Shannon Walker, NASA astronaut and Rice alumna.

Rice faculty and staff began moving into Brockman Hall last month. When fully occupied in June, the building will be home to dozens of experimental, theoretical and applied physicists from Rice's departments of Physics and Astronomy and of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Brockman Hall will support research in atomic, molecular and optical physics; biophysics; condensed matter physics; nanoengineering and photonics.

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