From left, students Matt Leo ’18, Shelby Holland ’18, Rohan Nagpal ’18, and Katrina Stevenson ’17 are shown visiting the Robert M. Linsley Geology Museum. Read more to learn about our dinosaur egg and why the Robert H. N. Ho Science Center is a must-see while visiting campus!
The Robert H. N. Ho Science Center is a $56.3 million, 121,00 square foot building that was completed in 2007. The building is home to our environmental studies, geography, geology, astronomy and physics departments, and some of our biology department. The stunning facility also has student study spaces, laboratory spaces, the Ho Tung Visualization Lab, and the Robert M. Linsley Geology Museum.
Our geology museum has a wide selection of rocks, minerals, and fossils and explores the geological history of local upstate New York. The museum has a whale jaw bone and mammoth tusk, as well as our favorite artifact: a petrified dinosaur egg. Actually, it is one of the first ever found dinosaur eggs! While there are many myths about the egg on campus, it was discovered in a nest of 13 eggs on Friday, July 13th (Colgate Day!) in 1923 by Roy Chapman Andrews. He was a celebrated scientist, explorer, and the curator of the Museum of Natural History in NYC. In fact, the Hollywood Indiana Jones character is based on Andrews! It came to Colgate by way of trustee Col. Austen B. Colgate, who won the egg in an auction and donated it to the university in 1924. Today, it can be seen in a glass case in the geology museum, which is open to all community members, visitors, faculty, and students.
Whether you are checking out the dinosaur egg, looking for a private study room for a group project, exploring the night sky in the visualization lab, or doing undergraduate research over the summer in our laboratories, (click here to view our latest post on summer research), the “Ho” has everything you need for the sciences.
Since some of us are on campus for the summer, we recently visited the Ho Tung Visualization Lab for a Thursday night film screening. Surrounded by the night sky, reclined in the audience, we flew through outer space, traveled to different planets, and learned about our vast universe along the way!
If you are visiting Colgate University, be sure to set aside some time to visit the Ho Tung Visualization Lab and our geology museum! And come back to our blog in order to learn about the rest of the “13 Things to see and do while visiting Colgate!”