Newly opened in Fall 2004, it houses brand new state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities for the Neuroscience program, which are equipped for multi-channel recordings and behavioral experiments in awake rats, as well as experiments involving hormonal manipulations and behavior in lower vertebrates. Extensive facilities for computerized data acquisition and analysis are used in all the neuroscience laboratories. It also serves as the new home for Psychology, Education, and the Center for Learning and Teaching, which houses the Baldwin Center, the Quantitative Skills Program, and the Writing Project. The various programs in the building share the classroom and seminar spaces as well as the library, lounge, and meeting areas. Learn more about this exciting new building »
Bowdoin has excellent facilities for both teaching and research in neuroscience. The laboratories in the Druckenmiller Science Building, Bowdoin's new 106,000 square foot interdisciplinary science facility, are well equipped for cellular and molecular level neuroscience. Students in courses routinely record the activity of nerves using a variety of extracellular amplifiers, and they record intracellularly from individual neurons using microelectrodes. An impressive array of up-to-date neurophysiological equipment is available in the research labs. Students also stain for specific neuronal molecules, including transmitters and growth factors, which they can then visualize using fluorescent microscopy. Druckenmiller houses a specialized laser scanning confocal microscope (the only one of its kind in the state of Maine), as well as a scanning electron microscope and a number of conventional fluorescent microscopes, all of research quality.
The Hatch Science Library is located on the second floor of the Druckenmiller Science Center. The library houses science-related materials such as books, periodicals, maps, and electronic resources.