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State-of-the-Art Biological and Physical Sciences Building Becomes a Reality Thanks to Private Support

Biological and Physical Sciences Building

In October 2016, UC San Diego broke ground on a the Biological and Physical Sciences Building, a new seven-story building that will provide space for 20 research laboratories that will focus on brain activity mapping, advanced energy and drug discovery innovation. The facility was made possible by $2 million in support from the Kavli Foundation and a legacy bequest from the Honorable Lynn A. Schenk.

The Kavli Foundation was founded in 2000 by the late Fred Kavli, a business leader and philanthropist. In recognition of their gift, the new building will feature the Fred Kavli Auditorium. Also, UC San Diego’s Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind, established in 2004 to further our understanding of human cognition, will be housed on the top floor of the new building.

The endowment from the Honorable Lynn A. Schenk will support the Schenk and Friedman Dare to Fail Scholars Program, which is designed to provide promising young scientists with vital funding to pursue challenging and uncharted research across the biological and physical sciences, at both UC San Diego and across the Torrey Pines Mesa at The Scripps Research Institute.

“I’m not a scientist or a mathematician; I personally won’t find a cure for a dread disease or make a scientific discovery,” said Schenk. “But I feel to my core that I need to do as much as I can to create a hospitable and collaborative environment for those who will find a cure or unlock a mystery of life. I want to support those who ‘dare to fail’ and think freely, without constraint.”


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Peter K. Sanders
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John Sawyer
Director of Development
(858) 246-3295