Chancellor Khosla touted UC San Diego’s strengths as a public research university when he presented at the 8th annual INFLUENCE San Diego event yesterday. The goal of the three-day accelerated issues program, hosted by LEAD San Diego, is to enlighten new senior executives about regional business and civic issues. The Chancellor talked about UC San Diego’s mission of education, research, patient care and service, and the role of our university in creating the high-tech and bio-tech hub on the Torrey Pines Mesa.
He then honed in on the four grand research themes developed through our first-ever Strategic Plan, emphasizing UC San Diego’s tradition of recruiting the world’s top scholars to teach and conduct research, and the importance of creating partnerships to share resources and advance ideas that will benefit our community and world.
“UC San Diego is committed to providing world-class health care for our patients and enriching human life.” – Chancellor Khosla
Chancellor Khosla with Matt and Iris Strauss
The 35th annual Spark Gala was held over the weekend to benefit patient care and research at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, one of the top 25 centers in the country. The gala is an opportunity for the community to recognize advances made in the fight against cancer while raising funds to advance new research discoveries and improve patient services. This year, the event raised $2.5 million for the Cancer Center, which will help launch the new Novel Cell Therapy Program.
Attendees enjoyed dinner, entertainment and dancing, and had an opportunity to participate in a live auction.
“At UC San Diego, we are committed to conducting research that pushes the frontiers of our knowledge so we can make our world a better place.” – Chancellor Khosla
From left: John Ly, Director of Outreach, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office; Margaret Leinen, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, UC San Diego; Bruce Appelgate, Associate Director, Head of Scripps Ship Operations and Marine Technical Support; Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla; Marty Block, California State Senator, District 39
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Friday at the Nimitz Marine Facility (MarFac) in Point Loma to celebrate the completion of a construction project that has been underway since 2014. Crews replaced a 48-year-old wharf, built a new pier, upgraded technology and utilities, and improved environmental protection systems. MarFac is the home port and technical support center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s world-class oceanographic research fleet. At the event, Chancellor Khosla and Vice Chancellor and Scripps Director Margaret Leinen thanked the crowd of supporters, including legislators, faculty and staff.
This summer, MarFac will welcome a newcomer to the pier, R/V Sally Ride, a state-of-the-art research vessel that will support the evolving needs of scientists for decades to come. MarFac is currently home port to two oceanic research vessels operated by Scripps, Roger Revelle and Robert Gordon Sproul, as well as the research platform FLIP.
Senator Block presented a resolution to Chancellor Khosla on behalf of the California State Senate that highlights the importance of the research conducted at UC San Diego and Scripps Oceanography. Representative John Ly from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office also presented the Chancellor with a proclamation from the Mayor declaring April 15 to be UC San Diego/Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility Day throughout the city of San Diego.
Chancellor Khosla with Professor of Biological Oceanography Mark Ohman
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