Stained-glass window among additions to forensics building
A 10-foot stained-glass window with images of double-helix models and DNA profiles is just one aspect of the new addition to the Marshall University (MUFSC). The window is called “Identitas in Vitro,” which means “Identity in Glass.” It was a gift to the building in honor of Dr. Terry Fenger, professor and center director, by the Forensic Science Class of 2004. The window, made by Blenko Glass Company was made possible by several contributors.
Construction began on the building in October and the first floor was ready for occupation in early March. Lynda Holup, MUFSC biotechnology business developer, said the expansion has been a vision of the center since the program started in 1995. She said the center has sought the actual expansion in the last three years.
Forensics classes that were once held in a small room in the center now occupy classrooms in the new building. Fenger said that the new addition was occupied right away. “The fact that we began using the building right away shows how much it was needed,” Fenger said.
Fenger said the multipurpose structure will allow growth in the forensic program, as well as in their new area of emphasis, computer forensics. Fenger said the center is attempting to secure funding to complete the construction.
He said their plan is to move offices to the second floor and convert the current offices into DNA laboratories