Thursday, December 10, 2015

Ho Tung Viz Lab

Today I witnessed a special tribute in the Ho Tung Visualization Lab. It was the last class offered by a long-time Professor, Tony Aveni and his course Astronomy and Culture.  He has taught Astronomy for 47 years! This lab is amazing. It's a 53 seat digital theatre displaying the sky's planets, constellations in a full dome experience. Faculty are using the lab to everything from exploring the galaxy to ancient buildings. I look forward to seeing the new Star Wars show produced by my colleague, Joe Eakin.

The Ho Tung Visualization Laboratory was a special gift to Colgate from Robert H.N. Ho '56 in memory of his grandfather Sir Robert Ho Tung. Knighted twice by King George V and Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Robert Ho Tung was active as a businessman and philanthropist in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong. At the 2007 dedication ceremony for the visualization lab, Mr. Ho quoted a Chinese proverb: "huh shwei, suh yuan"-"Drink water: consider source."

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