UCSF to dedicate Mission Bay

By Wallace Ravven

UCSF will officially launch its new UCSF Mission Bay Campus with a festive celebration and dedication ceremony on Tuesday, October 28.

More than 400 faculty, staff, and invited friends are expected to join UCSF leadership at this special event.

Highlights include a dedication ceremony hosted by Chancellor J. Michael Bishop, announcement of the largest contribution from individual donors in UCSF history, a look at the future campus via a dramatic display of weather balloons marking all building locations, and presentations by scientists.

Media are invited cover. Interviews with campus leadership and scientists available.

DATE: Tuesday, October 28, 2003
LOCATION: UCSF Mission Bay is located just south of Pac Bell Park, near 16th and 3rd Streets in San Francisco
TIME: 2:00 to 4:30 PM (Celebration and Dedication)
    7:00 to 7:30 PM (Annual Meeting and Dinner)


2:00 to 4:00 PM

* Sights and sounds of a street fair (salsa band and food carts)
* “Evolution and Architectural Vision of UCSF Mission Bay,” presented by Steve
  Wiesenthal, campus architect and associate vice chancellor for capital projects
* “Building Community Partnerships That Work,” presented by Lisa Gray, UCSF Community and Governmental Relations
* Research “show and tell” by scientists:
—“Studying Addiction in Fruit Flies,” by Ulrike Heberlein, PhD, anatomy
—“Identifying Causes and Discovering Treatments for Common Lung Diseases,” by Dean Sheppard, MD, UCSF Lung Biology Center
—“Genes, Behavior and the Sense of Smell,” by Cori Bargmann, PhD, anatomy
—“Pharmacogenetics: How Genes Affect the Way People Respond to Medicine,” by Maya Leabman, PhD, post-doctoral fellow.

4:00 to 4:30 PM

* Dedication ceremony led by UCSF Chancellor J. Michael Bishop
* Announcement of the largest contribution from individual donors in UCSF history.
* San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and other elected officials expected to participate.
* Dramatic and colorful release of weather balloons: 14 blue and gold weather balloons will be moored on 40-foot tethers to mark the location of each campus building.
* Unveiling of a pyramid sculpture to mark the official opening of Koret Quad, a 3.2-acre green at the center of the new UCSF Mission Bay.
* Unveiling of a dedication paver with the date of the event.
* Performance by Touch of Class Choir from San Francisco’s Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School

7:00-7:30 PM

* UCSF Foundation Annual Meeting and Dinner: Media are invited to shoot photos and video at this event, which will take place in a special tent set up at the UCSF Mission Bay site. The event acknowledges donors who have given collectively $230 million to date to make UCSF Mission Bay possible.

PARKING:  Reporters and photographers covering the event should check-in at the parking kiosk for directions to the media parking area. Parking lot entrance is on 16th Street, west of 3rd Street.

UCSF Mission Bay—a 43-acre health sciences campus that is changing San Francisco urban landscape and moving biomedical research in new directions—is the centerpiece of the city’s 303-acre Mission Bay development project.

For more information call UCSF News Services at 415-476-2557