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Tools of the Trade — 100 Years Ago

Gary Gold   
Today's physics students might not be able to identify the old equipment currently on display in the Jonsson-Rowland Science Center. But according to Karen Cummings, E.P. Hamilton Clinical Faculty Fellow in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, they will be getting a glimpse into Rensselaer's past.
   The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is moving its offices into the Jonsson-Rowland Science Center. That means space formerly used for storage needed to be cleared out. Equipment used by the Department of Physics—dating back to the earliest days of the department, some of it more than 100 years old—was in danger of being boxed up or even discarded.
   Cummings believes it's important to preserve the equipment. "As a collection, it chronicles the history of the department and the kinds of things done in research and teaching over the years."


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