First came the 2019 flood. Then COVID-19 hit.

And this summer, maintenance and construction difficulties closed most of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Chemistry Building, a shutdown lasting nearly 90 days. The building’s two affected wings just reopened last week.

For the chemistry department’s professors, researchers and graduate students, the past three years have not only been a frustrating inconvenience but also an experience that has forestalled months of work and delayed careers.

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