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New science facilities to be built on campus will serve as more than just a place for faculty and students to "do" science -- the planning process has provided and opportunity for collaborative academic work presented at several conferences.

Gaines Professor of Psychology Thomas C. Greene has been the "shepherd" of the on-going planning for the facilities, which has involved students, administrators and a variety of architectural firms. In July of 2004, Greene gave a presentation on student participation in campus planning at the annual meeting of the Society for College and Universtiy Planning, held in Toronto.

In part due to his work, Greene has been invited to participate in a Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Roundtable on the Future, to be held in April of 2005. Every other year, PKAL convenes a roundtable on the future, featuring discussions about issues that are "reshaping the future of undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

Greene is also scheduled to present a paper co-authored with two former students at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, in April. Titled "Psychology and Design: Student Participation in Planning and Design," Greene's co-authors are Kelsey Hochstatter '04 and Melissa Henrichon Fellows '01. While undergraduates, Hochstatter and Fellows were Greene's research assistants and the student shepherds for science facilities planning. Hochstatter now works for an interior design firm in the Los Angeles area and Fellows teaches field science courses at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire.

In addition, Greene is on the consultation team for science facilities planning at the University of Wisconsin, Barron County.

Posted: January 26, 2005