BAR HARBOR – Some new discoveries are being made at the MDI Biological Laboratory. On July 28th, they held their groundbreaking for the new training facility.
“This training lab is going to dramatically encase our capacities here for both education and research,” said Kevin Strange, the president and CEO of MDI Biological Laboratory.
The new facility is being paid for with a $3,000,000 bond from the state.
“This new building is going to really give us the opportunity to expand what offerings we can make to students,” said Jane Disney, the director of education, “So we hope to increase the numbers of students that come through here – the number of courses that we offer and the research opportunities for young people.”
“The students that come here, learn to become scientists or they at least they become ambassadors for science or they become ambassadors for the MDI Biological Laboratory,” said Bob Morris, the director of the visiting scientist program, “They become ambassadors for Maine.”
This ground breaking brought students and scientists together. They are looking forward to all the things that they will accomplish.
“The new training lab is such a pivotal point,” said research assistant, Santina Snow, “We already have an existing training lab and this is going to double the amount space that we have, so that we can train more students and teachers here – which will lead to more jobs in the biomedical research field.”
Some are hoping to work at this site for a long time.
“It’s gorgeous here and there’s something in the air that’s very inviting and powerful,” said Isaiah Mansour, a student at the University of Maine, “The science aspect is from my own experience. I studied fish and snails and now I came here. I am working with RNA and micro injections which is a whole different world of what I was used to, but I was able to pick it up and now that I am rolling with it, I find that I really enjoy it.”
Although this was called a groundbreaking event, half of the building is already built. Students can expect to utilize it in March 2017.