Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Picower Center for Learning and Memory's new building were held April 25 at noon at the corner of Vassar and Main Streets.

This state-of-the-art facility, which will house not only the Picower Center, but the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the McGovern Institute for
Brain Research, is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2005.

To take an virtual tour through the new building please click on the image below.
(If you can't see the movie, you need to download an mpg viewer, such as RealPlayer.)

The following are pictures from the groundbreaking ceremony:

MIT President Chuck Vest
addresses those that attended the
Picower Center Groundbreaking


From left to right: Mark Bear, Matt Wilson, Morgan Sheng, Mriganka Sur, Bob Brown, Jeffry Picower, Bob Silbey, Barbara Picower, Rebecca Vest, Guosong Liu, Chuck Vest, Susumu Tonegawa, Earl Miller, Yasunori Hayashi, Troy Littleton, Elly Nedivi and Carlos Lois

From left to right: Bob Brown, Bob Silbey, Chuck Vest, Jeffry Picower, Barbara Picower, Michael Sullivan and Susumu Tonegawa