Calit2@UCSD Building Dedication Set for Tomorrow!

Empty seats
Some of the 1000 seats for
tomorrow's event; "Bear" is in
background at left.

10.27.05 -- Anyone who has been tracking Calit2 over the last few months will know that tomorrow the place to be is the UCSD campus where Calit2 will be celebrating the formal opening of its second new building.

The program – lasting, with a few breaks, til midnight! – will feature a one-hour ceremony with two surprise speakers and several special announcements, the world premiere of a 30-minute, faculty-produced movie on nanotechnology, 150 research exhibits and demonstrations across a range of 20 disciplinary areas, student posters, an afternoon reception, an evening musical concert, and, as the grand finale, a performance art experience.

Call it the “extreme sport of Calit2”!

Some 1000 attendees are expected from the campus community, the UCI division, UC Office of the President, members of the Calit2 Advisory and Governing Boards, and industry, government, and community supporters.

The event kicks off at 10:00 AM with short speeches by UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, UCI Chancellor Michael Drake, UC President Robert C. Dynes, Calit2 director Larry Smarr, Jacobs School of Engineering Dean Frieder Seible, QUALCOMM CEO Paul Jacobs, and UCSD division director Ramesh Rao, who will be the official master of ceremonies for the event. Ambient music has been designed by faculty member Shahrokh Yadegari.

Rao and Negretti
Smarr, Rao, Lenert
At left, UCSD division director Ramesh Rao with special events coordinator Erica Negretti.
At right, Calit2 director Larry Smarr, Rao, and UCSD division associate director Leslie Lenert
watching the screen during today's dress rehearsal.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, attendees will stream inside the building to choose from among 150 research exhibits to tour on floors 1, 5, and 6 until 2PM. Among other experiences, attendees will be able to talk with architects from NBBJ in San Francisco about the process they used to design the building.

At 5PM, the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts will host a reception in their research neighborhood on the first floor of the building.

A musical concert featuring faculty from the Music and Computer Science and Engineering departments will take place at 7PM.

Jenik and Yadegari
Some of the talent during the ceremony:
Adriene Jenik and Shahrokh Yadegari.

At 8PM, the pre-show for SPECFLIC 1.0 will take place, followed by the full performance starting at 9PM. SPECFLIC, the brainchild of Visual Arts professor Adriene Jenik, is a distributed, speculative cinema project. Set in 2030, SPECFLIC's story is not just told, but experienced. Based on cutting-edge science and engineering research, SPECFLIC 1.0 performs the social costs and benefits of accelerated progress. The audience is encouraged to bring wireless devices (laptops and cell phones) to interact with the performance and to dress for Halloween in the year 2030.

The question of the day: What type of future do you envision? Come to the Calit2 building dedication to begin discussing answers to this and other questions that will be posed in the course of the day’s events.