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William J. von Liebig Center for Science

Constructed in 2002, the von Liebig Center for Science was largely funded by a gift from the late William J. von Liebig. von Liebig, a medical entrepreneur who developed a synthetic blood vessel replacement, was a Juniata alumnus from the class of 1946.

von Liebig Center Slide Show

von Liebig Center Slide Show

Anatomy of a Sabbatical: Taking Time Off for Scholarship is Vocation, Not Vacation

By John Wall

The scientist at the microscope carefully adjusts a vellum page taken from an illuminated manuscript created by an anonymous artist in the 15th century. The image on the page is a Madonna and child, surrounded by putti, the chubby cherubs often used in religious art. The researcher adjusts the focal point of the instrument on the lush ultramarine blue of the Madonna’s cloak. He activates the lasers used to analyze the organic and inorganic compounds used to make paints and inks and identifies the substance used to color the cloak. It’s lapis lazuli, probably from Afghanistan. Full Story...

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