The human eye is a complex and intricate organ that provides us with the
invaluable sense of sight. Commonly referred to as our windows to the world,
eyes allow us to take in the majority of information we obtain about the environment
around us. In fact, experts agree that the eyes contribute nearly 85 percent of an
individual’s total knowledge. Because we rely on our eyes for nearly every activity
we perform, most individuals value the sense of sight above all others.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is a public research university, and with more than 29,000 students, is the second largest in the state. Lapham Hall, named for Wisconsin’s first eminent scientist, was built in 1961 to house the Botany, Chemistry and Zoology departments. "Our emergency equipment was vintage 1960s," said Jon Krezoski, director of safety and assurances for UWM. "The old fixtures in Lapham were corroded and routine testing was impossible. There were no floor drains near the showers, so we had to catch the water in a
bucket to avoid flooding classrooms."