"This is something I got very good at in Washington," Dean David A. Kessler, M.D., below left, joked as he joined in the ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the renovation of 15,000 square feet in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology. The $4.9 million project, the first of several that are anticipated to renovate existing space in the medical schoolís main building originally constructed in 1924, was supported, in part, by a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Architecturally, the renovation changed a series of small, often oddly shaped rooms into six larger flexible laboratory modules, two flexible core facilities (one for microscopy and another for graphics), and several smaller laboratory support spaces, including cold room, equipment rooms and biological and radioactive waste storage areas. With Dr. Kessler are, from left: Virginia M. Chapman, department Chair Walter F. Boron, M.D., Ph.D., John Giovannone, former Dean Gerard N. Burrow, M.D., architect Barry Svigals, and John Bollier.