[photo: Chair of Physics and Astronomy Dr. Shantanu Basu addresses the audience]
The official re-opening ceremonies for the newly renovated Physics and Astronomy Building took place on Friday, November 29, 2013.
The event was hosted by Western's Faculty of Science, and took place on two levels of the building's bright new atrium.
The stage ceremonies were hosted by Marilyn Steinberg, Director of Communications for the Faculty of Science.
Invited speakers for the event were Janice Deakin, Western's Provost and V.P. Academic, Dean of Science Charmaine Dean, Chair of Physics and Astronomy Shantanu Basu, and Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Deb Matthews.
On hand for the event were representatives of the architects and builders who were responsible for the renovations. Also present were many deans from across Western's campus, as well as many current faculty, staff, and students, along with alumni, retired faculty and staff and visitors. In addition there was a large contingent of students from Blyth Academy in attendance.
Unveiled by Charmaine Dean was a superb promotional video which sketched out the history of the Department, and highlighted the building transformation resulting from the renovations, as well as highlighting the diverse and world-leading science that is performed by members of the Department.
Shantanu Basu praised the local renovations organizing committee, which included past chair John de Bruyn, and also paid a special tribute to renovations manager and co-ordinator Phin Perquin.
Shantanu Basu also made an announcement regarding new student internships that have been set up between local technology companies and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western.
Following the formal opening ceremonies, guests were invited for refreshments and to mingle with research groups from within the Department, as well as three key technology companies from London, as well as partners in the new student internship initiative. These companies are Cimtec (Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization), OCI Vacuum Microengineering, and ScienceTech.
Tours of some of the newly re-designed science labs in the building, as well as the machine shop, and glassblowing shop, were also part of the day's agenda.
The formal ceremonies were video-recorded.
Here is the promotional video on youtube: Celebrating Science at Western