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Misha Bruk

Transform Science Education and Research

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The opening of the Sapp Center for Science Teaching and Learning launched a new era for undergraduate science education. Known for almost 85 years as the workhorse of the Department of Chemistry, the Sapp Center, "formerly knowns as Old Chem" has once again became a hub of activity as thousands of students each day are learning in its classrooms, labs, auditoriums, study areas, and library.

The building will anchor a future science quad that will include the the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Biology Research Building, the William M. Keck Science Building, and the Lorry I. Lokey Laboratory for Chemical Biology. Bass Biology, which will be completed in 2018, will provide lab space for about half of the biology department’s faculty, as well as biochemistry and computational researchers. Bass’s location and facilities will create a productive environment for biologists working across traditional disciplines.

Flanked by the arts district, the Science and Engineering Quad, and the School of Medicine, the new science quad will reinforce Stanford’s position as a global leader in interdisciplinary education and research.

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Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Biology Research Building

When the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Biology Research Building opens in 2018, it will provide laboratory space dedicated to biology research for half of the biology department's faculty and staff, as well as 300 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

The sleek five-story building will be divided into wet labs, computational or "dry" labs, and hybrid research spaces. Scientists divided across five buildings will be brought together under one roof for the first time, with labs placed in a logical sequence that will enhance collaboration and discovery. 

Bass Biology and the Sapp Center for Science Teaching and Learning will anchor a new science quad that will serve as a bridge to the schools of medicine and engineering, and the arts district. Its opening will support the biology department's ambition to continue producing foundational research and train the best young scientists. Stanford University invites you to partner with us to support Bass Biology, which will set a new standard for scientific discovery in the 21st century. 

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Sapp Center for Science Teaching and Learning

After standing empty for three decades, Old Chem, one of Stanford’s historic and most beloved buildings, reopened in 2017 and was renamed the Sapp Center for Science Teaching and Learning in recognition of a gift from Shari and Rick Sapp, ’78, and their family. 

For almost 85 years, Old Chem, one of Jane Stanford's five "noble" buildings, served as the workhorse of the Department of Chemistry until changing academic needs and damage caused by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake shuttered its doors. 

Its restoration as the Sapp Center for Science Teaching and Learning has launched a new era for undergraduate science education. Combining two core sciences--chemistry and biology--in one building underscores the growing importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, and a focus on flexibility ensures that the Sapp Center will support not only the academic needs of today but also the innovations of tomorrow.

The Sapp Center will anchor a new science quad that will include the William M. Keck Science Building, the Lorry I. Lokey Laboratory for Chemical Biology, and the future Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Biology Research.

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