Neuroscience major Taylor Brown ‘22 excited for possibilities new science center expansion will bring

Neuroscience major Taylor Brown '22 stands in front of the under-construction Science Center expansion.

“I’m very excited to have a new building that is completely dedicated to science.”

In a time when many colleges and businesses have had to put construction on hold amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Utica College has continued with multiple construction projects, such as the new $12-14 million expansion to the Gordon Science Center. 

Known informally as the “Science Annex,” the 22,000-25,000 square-foot building connects to the Gordon Science Center and Romano Hall (the health sciences building) and upon completion will contain new, state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms for Utica College science classes.

“I am excited that the new building will be up soon,” says neuroscience major Taylor Brown ‘22. “I’m very excited to have a new building that is completely dedicated to science.”

Taylor came to Utica College because it was close to home in Marcy, NY and she found it to be a welcoming, comfortable environment when she visited campus.

“There are also small class sizes and I wanted that close contact with the professors.”

That smaller community was something Taylor says is unique to Utica College, and encourages involvement amid the more than 100 student organizations on campus. For her first two years, Taylor has worked as Baseball Office Assistant at UC, performing various tasks to assist coaches and ensure practice runs smoothly.

“Everybody is friendly and wants you to get involved.”

With experience as an EEG Technologist under her wing, performing scans and making notes for the doctors, Taylor plans to continue that calling of helping others and her passion for science by continuing her studies post-graduation en route to a rewarding career.

Currently, Taylor is at work researching how social isolation affects brain size in mice.

“We have individually and group housed mice and the data will be collected after a period of time to determine how social isolation affected the brain size by using different measurements,” she explains. “The new science building would be of help because there would be a new dedicated animal physiology/behavior laboratory space and a lot of new equipment to use.”

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