The Governors Remarks
Thank you, Dr. Lerner.
Im honoredand Im humbledto be here.
I must admit, I was little surprised when I heard that The
Scripps Research Instituteone of the most esteemed scientific
research facilities in the worldwanted to grant me an
My first reaction was to ask my good friend, Dr. Lerner,
"Is this a special degree for the scientifically challenged?"
I mean, Im probably the first degree holder in the
history of this institution whos ever received a "B-"
in high school chemistry.
It's unnerving, being in a room with so much scientific
I'm reminded of President Kennedys line to 49 Nobel
laureates: "This is the most extraordinary collection of intellectual
talent that has ever been gathered at the White Housewith
the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
Looking at all of you, I cant help but to wonder: why
arent you all in my office working on how to generate
It is a privilege to be here. The Scripps Institute is admired
around the world as a crucible of creative thought. A force
for medical progress. A place where dreams become reality.
The remarkable discoveries and inventions of the Scripps
community are transforming the field of biomedical research:
- From charting the atomic structure of deadly viruses.
- To unlocking the mysteries of the human gene.
- To discovering new ways to produce vaccines.
- To designing powerful new anti-cancer agents.
For many of you, your contributions are just beginning.
In the years to come, you will make discoveries that allow
Americans to live longer lives. That provide children with
a safer and happier childhood. That erase the threat of disease
from around the world.
Each one of you holds our future in your hands.
I recently read an article in the Union Tribune about a researcher
at Scripps named Geoffrey Chang. It seems that Geoffrey could
become the first person ever to map the outer proteins of
cells to determine how cancer cells resist drug treatment.
Apparently, hes also a gifted musician. Now, that's
a talented guy.
But heres the amazing thing about Scripps. The extraordinary
story of Geoffrey Chang is simply ordinary here. Because,
at Scripps, inventing the future is an everyday occurrence.
Despite your astonishing breakthroughs, our work remains
unfinished and the health challenges we face become
more complicated each day.
To you, I pledge the support of the State of California.
Where we can help advance science and innovation, well
help. Where we cant, well get out of your way.
I believe we can fulfill the promise of this new age of possibility
if we work togetherwith creativity and resolve.
Last year, I proposed one of the most ambitious scientific
research initiatives ever undertaken.
I wanted to create not one, but three world-class centers
of science and innovation. One-of-a-kind institutions. Where
the best and the brightest come together to explore the next
frontiers of scientific discovery.
If these Institutes sound familiar, they should. The mastermind
behind them was none other than your President, Dr. Lerner.
To get these Institutes off the ground, I challenged the
private sector to match our $300-million commitment, 2-to-1.
They came back with a commitment of 3-to-1.
Soon, our Institutes of Science and Innovation will be a
- The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information
Technology at UC San Diego will focus on extending the reach
and capability of the Internet.
- The California Nanosystems Institute at UCLA will explore
the vast power of innovation at the nanometer scale.
- AND an Institute that I hope one day will be a source
of great collaboration with Scripps - the Institute for
Bioengineering, Biotechnology and Quantitative Biomedical
Research at UC San Francisco.
Working together, Scripps and this new Institute will help
keep California at the cutting edge of bio-tech innovation.
These Institutes are a public-private venture of unprecedented
magnitude. And three good turns deserve a fourth.
At Dr. Lerners urging, Ive included funding for
a fourth Institute at UC Berkeley in this years budget.
Who knows what new breakthroughs will occur because of these
Institutes? But this we do know: breakthroughs will occur.
Thanks to Dr. Lerner, The Scripps Research Institute, and,
now, these new Institutes, they'll occur right here in California.
To the graduates of the Class of 2001, I, too, offer my congratulations.
I also offer my gratitude for your commitment, for challenges
conquered, for projects completed, for goals reached and even
You are the true heirs of Californias frontier spirit.
You are also at the peak of your powers and the world will
rightly reward you for the work you do.
With success, however, comes responsibility.
Ultimately, you will be judged on how you use your good fortune
to serve the health and welfare of humanity.
For decades, The Scripps Research Institute has brought intellect
and imagination together to further the progress of human
Now, the future belongs to youtake good care of it.
Thank you for this honor. God bless each and every one of