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Old Chemistry to be named the Sapp Center for Science Teaching & Learning

A century-old landmark, Old Chem has been restored and renovated to become a nexus of innovation as the Sapp Center for Science Teaching and Learning. (Image credit: Joy Leighton)

Sep 23 2016

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Old Chemistry, one of Stanford's historical and most beloved building, will reopen later this fall as the Sapp Center for Science Teaching and Learning. In recognition of the Sapp family's generous gift, Old Chem will be renamed for Shari and Rick Sapp, '78, and their family.

"The Sapp Center supports the School of Humanities and Sciences' mission to educate students and inspire tomorrow's discoveries," says Richard Saller, the Vernon R. and Lysbeth Warren Anderson Dean of the school. The Sapp Center will serve to be the anchor for the future Biology Chemistry Quad acting as a physical and intellectual bridge to the university's other schools.

At capacity, more than 4,000 students a day will pass through the halls and classrooms of this iconic building, taking courses not only in chemistry and biology but also in art, history, statistics and economics. At its core, the Sapp Center will launch a new era for interdisciplinary science education at Stanford.

In addition to the Sapp family gift, support from alumni and friends has made it possible for Stanford to restore and renovate this century-old landmark. In early 2017, undergraduates and faculty will begin using its labs, classrooms, study areas, auditorium, lecture hall and library.