Science Center Named for President Emerita Alice Stone Ilchman

Sarah Lawrence College has named its science center for President Emerita Alice Stone Ilchman, who encouraged the growth of science during her years as president from 1981 to 1998 and was chiefly responsible for raising the funds to build the Center.

“Dr. Ilchman’s vision for science sparked a campus renaissance that has resulted in the expansion of the curriculum, the creation of new interdisciplinary areas of study, new funds for research, and a lively culture of science and mathematics that has enhanced campus life for all,” said Sarah Lawrence President Michele Tolela Myers, in announcing the building’s dedication as the Alice Stone Ilchman Science Center.

Since the science center opened in 1994, Sarah Lawrence has been building its faculty and curriculum in mathematics and science—increasing the number of faculty and courses by 30 percent—with significant increases in computer science and physics.

This year five faculty members–four from the sciences (atmospheric chemistry, marine biology and molecular biology) and two from the social sciences—have received, or are in the midst of projects funded by, National Science Foundation grants. More than 20 undergraduate students are currently involved in research as a result of these grants.