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USC/Norris set to unveil Topping Tower

In the coming weeks, a flurry of ribbon cuttings, dedication ceremonies and distinguished speakers will surround the opening of the Dr. Norman Topping Tower, the newest addition to USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The new building’s dedication takes place at noon Thursday, March 21, 1996, when USC President Steven Sample cuts a ribbon to mark the facility’s official opening.

About 700 people are expected to attend the event outside the Tower at the corner of Biggy Street and Eastlake Avenue.

Others attending include Stephen J. Ryan, senior vice president for medical affairs, Joseph P. Van Der Muelen, interim dean of the School of Medicine, Peter A. Jones, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and director of the USC/Norris Cancer Center, G. Peter Shostak, administrator of the USC/Norris Hospital, and Norman Topping, USC chancellor emeritus, for whom the new building is named. Topping was president of USC from 1958 to 1970.

Aside from the dedication ceremony, a variety of events have been planned for invited faculty, staff and members of the community to celebrate the addition. A two-day scientific symposium, “New Frontiers in Cancer Research,” begins at 8:15 on Friday, March 22, and at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, in Mayer Auditorium. Among the guest scientific speakers:

Leroy Hood,of the University of Washington, Peter K. Vogt, a former USC/Norris faculty member and one of the co-discoverers of retroviral oncogenes, and now of the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation; Mary Claire King, of the University of Washington; Robert C. Gallo, co-discoverer of the AIDS virus of the Univ. of Maryland Biotechnology Institute; Luca Gianni, of the Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan, Italy; and Stanley R. Hamilton, of Johns Hopkins University.

More than two dozen USC faculty will speak at the symposium. Seven separate sessions will be held over the two days. In addition, Hood will speak to a Health Sciences Campus audience on Thursday afternoon, March 21.

By now a household name on campus, Hood was a guest speaker at the Institute of Medicine 25th anniversary celebration at University Park last Friday.

Among numerous other dedication week events:

o A box lunch for hospital and cancer center employees will be offered at the Norris cafeteria at1 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.

o Tours of the new facility will be offered from 11 a.m. until noon on Saturday the 23rd.

Tours of the tower will include new lab and clinic facilities, as well as visits to the Sherry Henderstein Meditation Garden and the Norris Auxilliary Meditation Room. A variety of other events for staff, donors, and members of the community are planned for the days surrounding the dedication ceremony.

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