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UCI Science Library Renamed at Dedication Event

Professor Ayala at the podium
Professor Ayala and Chancellor Drake during ribbon cutting


UC Irvine's Science Library was formally renamed the Francisco J. Ayala Science Library on
Friday, Oct. 15.

Chancellor Michael Drake lauded the Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences' lifelong work as a biologist, his success at bridging the schism between science and religion, and his unswerving dedication to the University of California. Ayala, who this year received the esteemed Templeton Prize, donated the $1.3 million award to scholarships for UCI graduate students. Ayala, accepting the honor, said: "A library represents more than anything else a university. It is where knowledge is stored and where knowledge is incubated for the future - and graduate students are the future. So I could think of no greater honor than this. There is no other place that would be more meaningful to me than a library, particularly this library.