New Psychology Building, Labs to Rise on Washington U. Site

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To strengthen its psychology department, Washington University is planning a new psychology building with the latest in laboratories for teaching and research.

The building, still on the drawing board and not yet named, will recognize the popularity of psychology with students and the field's shift toward biology, said Martin H. Israel, dean of the faculty of Arts and Sciences.

With 325 majors, psychology vies with biology as the most popular field among the university's undergraduates.

The department has long since outgrown its quarters in Eads Hall, built for the 1904 World's Fair, said Richard A. Roloff, executive vice chancellor.

"The decision has been made to emphasize psychology more in the future than it has been," he said.

Along with laboratories and offices, the new building will house small experimental animals like mice or pigeons.

The new building will allow the university to hire more and better psychology faculty, Israel said. "You just can't get top-flight faculty without offering them" good labs, he said.

In fact, he added, some potential candidates for the vacant department chairmanship have said they could not leave their current schools if they had to move into the inadequate research areas of Eads Hall. …


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