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New greenhouse and observatory underway at UNG Gainesville campus
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University of North Georgia students make their way across the Gainesville campus between classes Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. - photo by Scott Rogers

 The University of North Georgia is in the process of bringing a new observatory and greenhouse to its Gainesville campus. 

John Leyba, interim dean of the College of Science & Mathematics, said in a press release on Tuesday, Dec. 3, that the college was inspired to build the observatory after hiring an astronomy professor for the Gainesville location. 

"We decided that it would be very beneficial and convenient for that faculty member and Gainesville students to have and use an observatory on campus," Leyba said in a press release. "In addition, we wanted a place where a larger telescope could be permanently mounted."

The tentative plan is to build the observatory near the pond on the Gainesville campus. 

The biology department’s new greenhouse is being constructed near the observatory. 

Tom Diggs, associate professor of plant biology at UNG, said in a press release that the greenhouse will be used for research, education and the propagation of rare and native plans. 

The project should be completed by mid-December.