On a beautiful fall October morning, Sacred Heart Academy celebrated the completion of the renovation of the John G. Martin Foundation Biological Sciences Laboratory. Administration, faculty, students as well as honored guests including Foundation President Frank Loehmann, Hamden Mayor Curt Balzano Leng, and Fr. Jeffrey Romans, were on hand for the assembly, dedication ceremony, and blessing.
Guests were welcomed by President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ’71 and Sr. Mary Jane Paollela, ASCJ, ’65, who also gave an overview and history of the science department. Mitali Banerjee ’16 described her experience as a SHA science student, Loehmann shared information about the Martin Foundation and explained why Sacred Heart was selected as a grant recipient, and Leng delivered a proclamation.
Students selected for ribbon cutting are officers of Sacred Heart’s Science National Honor Society (SNHS).
Transformation of the 40 year-old laboratory was made possible through a grant of $50,000 from the West Hartford John G. Martin Foundation. The space has been completely refurbished with new mechanicals, student and teacher furnishings, and state-of-the art technology.
The biological sciences at Sacred Heart introduce students to a variety of opportunities. All students will utilize the new lab for biology and as well as anatomy. The lab will also be used for all Science Fair experiments and by students performing independent research.
In 2007, The John G. Martin Foundation assisted in funding the Molecular Science Research Laboratory.
“We are grateful to the Martin Foundation and their President, Frank Loehmann for once again supporting our outstanding and innovative, nationally ranked science program,” O’Neil said.
Over the years Sacred Heart Academy has received significant attention from both national and local news media for the outstanding and innovative science program, particularly the cutting-edge biotechnology program, for the important work being done.