At the center of the campus academic core, the buildings of Science Hill were clustered to foster productive interaction as deliberately as were the buildings in individual colleges, and by the 1970s they were becoming an increasingly strong magnet to the faculty who worked there.

Even though the academic core had few amentities (and no coffee shops), Science Hill became a de facto college for many faculty. As their research picked up, they began pulling back from academic involvement in the residential colleges where they were Fellows.   

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