Thursday, April 28, 2011

Univeristy of Arizona Tree-Ring Lab to Get New Home - Tucson, AZ

UA Tree-Ring Lab to Get New Home |

The Bryant Bannister Tree-Ring Building will incorporate the Mathematics East building in an unusual multi-level design.

After 75 years in "temporary quarters" under the University of Arizona's football stadium, the world's first laboratory dedicated to tree-ring research will have a new home.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Bryant Bannister Tree-Ring Building, named for the UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research's director emeritus, will be held on Tuesday, May 3 at 11 a.m. at the UA Highlands Commons. Attendance at the ceremony is by invitation only but is open to the media.

Speakers will include UA President Robert N. Shelton, UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research Director Emeritus Bryant Bannister, UA Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research Director Thomas W. Swetnam and UA College of Science Dean Joaquin Ruiz.

The study of the annual rings of trees, known as dendrochronology, was invented by lab founder Andrew E. Douglass more than a century ago. Douglass, who came to the UA in 1906, pioneered the use of tree rings to date the ancient ruins of cliff dwellings.

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