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Science Building, Department Create Great Chemistry



Tammy Dwyer, a chemistry professor at University of San Diego since 1994, still remembers the conversation amongst science faculty regarding the need to have one unified place on campus.

“I saw the strength of our faculty in the department when I got here,” Dwyer said, “but the sciences were spread out in different buildings. (Chemistry classrooms and labs) were in the basement of Camino Hall. I remember people saying, ‘Someday, we’ll be in a new science building.’”

Fellow chemistry professor and current department chair Debbie Tahmassebi, at USD since 1999, concurred. “We’d talk about it all the time.”

Talk finally gave way to action while Dwyer served as chemistry department chair from 2001-09.

Donald P. Shiley and Darlene Marcos Shiley generously provided a $10 million gift toward what the science faculty had long craved: The Donald P. Shiley Center for Science and Technology. The 150,000 square-foot facility, spread over four floors, opened in fall 2003. (Full Story Inside USD)


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