Shull Hall honors scientists with new house names for fall 2013
Shull Hall is a unique community on campus. It is a community of sophomores, juniors and seniors and it is home to two Living Learning Communities for transfer students. Students can select single or double rooms and meal plans are part of the residence life package in Shull Hall.
Scientists, including Norman Borlaug of Iowa, will be honored when houses (communities of 45-50 students) are re-named this fall.
Clark and Harding House will be Tesla House
Nikola Tesla (July 10, 1856 -- Jan. 7, 1943) was an American-Serbian physicist who made
contributions to the study of electricity which were far ahead of his time. A man with a
troubled social life, he never completed his program while at Austrian Polytechnic. After
coming to America, he worked briefly for Thomas Edison, leaving after feeling his talents were
unappreciated. Edison and Tesla continued to feud for the remainder of their lives. Tesla was an
integral mind in the development of AC power (currently used in households around the world).
He also developed wireless transmission of electrical energy on a small scale, but was never
able to make this technology largely available. After selling his AC patents, Tesla died in debt in
a New York hotel.
Garst and Carroll House will be Goeppert-Mayer House
Maria Goeppert-Mayer (June 28,1906 -- Feb. 20, 1972) was a German-born American
theoretical physicist, doing work in modeling the behavior of the atomic nucleus. Goeppert-
Mayer attended the University of Gottingen, receiving her PhD and marrying her husband,
a lab assistant of her graduate advisor in 1930. Due to sexism, she was unable to find steady
full-time work in a University. While working part time in Argonne National Laboratory, she
developed a mathematical model of atomic nuclei, which gave explanation to an otherwise not
well understood phenomenon of stability within atoms. This research won her the Nobel Prize
in Physics in 1963. Getting a university appointment was much easier after this, and she worked
at the University of California at San Diego for the majority of her remaining years. She died in
1972, after suffering from a heart attack which left her in a coma.
Shaw and Cummins house will become Borlaug House
Born in Cresco, Iowa (March 25, 1914 -- Sept. 12, 2009), Norman Borlaug was an agricultural
researcher, plant pathologist, and plant geneticist. After receiving his doctorate at the
University of Minnesota, Borlaug developed genetic varieties of wheat which are highly disease-
resistant and are of especially high yield. His work led to staggering increases in the production
of agricultural products which, by some estimations, has saved upwards of a billion people who
would otherwise die of starvation. He won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his contributions to
Kendall and Hammill House will become Galileo House
Galileo Galilei (Feb. 15, 1564 -- Jan. 8, 1642) was an Italian physicist, astronomer, and
mathematician who is widely considered to be the father of modern science, in which ideas
about the world are only considered true after experiments are in agreement with them.
Galileo is credited with first observing that falling bodies of different masses move the same
through gravity, contradicting popular conceptions of the day. He proposed a heliocentric
model of the Solar System to explain the observed motion of the planets. This view put him
in conflict with the Catholic Church, which forced him to publicly repent his views, while
actually holding firmly to his ideas. He was forced into house arrest for the remainder of his life.
Acknowledgement of mishandling the situation was not formally made by the Catholic Church