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Reps. Calvert and Lewis Visit UCR Health Sciences Building March 31

(April 1, 2010)

From left: Congressman Ken Calvert, UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White, Congressman Jerry Lewis and medical school founding Dean G. Richard Olds. Reps. Lewis and Calvert toured the construction site of the Health Sciences Building at UCR.Enlarge

From left: Congressman Ken Calvert, UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White, Congressman Jerry Lewis and medical school founding Dean G. Richard Olds. Reps. Lewis and Calvert toured the construction site of the Health Sciences Building at UCR.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – (www.ucr.edu) – Congressmen Ken Calvert and Jerry Lewis visited the University of California, Riverside on Wednesday, March 31, to tour the construction site of the Health Sciences Building, which will serve as the initial research platform for the UCR School of Medicine.

Calvert and Lewis were part of a bipartisan group of legislators that secured a $4 million congressional appropriation to support the building’s construction. Rep. Joe Baca, Rep. Mary Bono Mack and Sen. Dianne Feinstein also supported the appropriation.

The University of California Board of Regents in summer 2008 approved establishment of the medical school and G. Richard Olds, M.D., recently joined UCR as founding dean. The UCR School of Medicine will be the first public medical school started in California in more than 40 years.

The health sciences building is approximately 50 percent complete. Also planned is renovation of existing instructional space to provide an expanded anatomy lab and patient exam practice facility, as well as a medical simulation lab allowing students to practice clinical skills in a virtual environment using high-tech mannequins and other specialized equipment.

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