Contributing to the Betterment of Humankind

Chancellor Khosla with Kyoto Prize Laureate Dr. Graham Farquhar and a guest from the Australian National University

UC San Diego is co-hosting the Kyoto Prize Symposium Celebration in San Diego, along with our partners San Diego State University, University of San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University.  The three-day celebration features talks by the 2017 Kyoto Prize Laureates.  The Kyoto Prize, given by the Inamori Foundation, is Japan’s highest private award for lifetime achievement and is presented to individuals and groups worldwide who have contributed significantly to the betterment of humankind.  Yesterday, renowned plant physiologist Graham Farquhar spoke at UC San Diego to an audience of campus and community members, including students from local San Diego and Tijuana high schools.  Dr. Farquhar was awarded the Kyoto Prize for his work in the development of process-based models of photosynthesis and their contributions to the science of global environmental changes.  

Kyoto Prize Laureate Dr. Graham Farquhar before his lecture

Chancellor Khosla with Founder and Director of the Kyoto Symposium Organization Malin Burnham

Reconnecting with Alumni in Los Angeles

Chancellor Khosla with alumni Rick Labowe and Nathan East

Triton alumni, university supporters and members of the UC San Diego community gathered in the heart of Los Angeles last week for a “UC San Diego and You” event to reconnect and be inspired by groundbreaking Triton innovations.  Chancellor Khosla welcomed the guests at the Cross-Campus Downtown LA coworking space and shared how the university’s vision is enhancing opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship on campus.  The program also showcased two pioneering entrepreneurial ventures founded by UC San Diego students that are transforming industries around the world. 

Voyager Space Technologies is revolutionizing the approach to automated spacecraft design, while ionboard is an electric skateboard startup disrupting the industry by offering a high performance, low cost product.  Both Voyager and ionboard are involved in The Basement, UC San Diego’s incubator/accelerator program for student entrepreneurs.  A reception followed the main event allowing the attendees the opportunity to mingle with new and old acquaintances.

Chancellor Khosla with alumnus Charles Zhou

Chancellor Khosla standing on an ionboard next to Nathan East and student innovators Yue Kate Xu and Jack Craig

Chancellor Khosla with Voyager Space Technologies student innovators Darren Charrier and Faris Hamdi

Darren Charrier

Advancing UC San Diego’s Mission of Service

Chancellor Khosla and Alumni Board member Jerri Malana with True Triton Award recipients Steve and Sue Hart

UC San Diego alumni, current students, staff and faculty recently converged on campus and in the community for a weekend of service and celebration as part of the True Triton Weekend. The two-day, service-oriented event kicked off with a leadership conference last Saturday morning, followed by the True Triton Celebration which recognized three dedicated alumni volunteers for their extraordinary commitment to the university. Chancellor Khosla was on hand to honor this year’s award recipients – Sue Hart PhD ‘86 - Physical Sciences, Steve Hart MA ’80 - Physical Sciences, and Otis Watson ’76 - Social Sciences. On Sunday, more than 200 volunteers participated in the Alumni Day of Service, working on beautification projects at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy, a high achieving K-5 magnet school located in Paradise Hills. 

UC San Diego is nationally recognized as a leader in public service, ranking as the second best public university in the nation by Washington Monthly for our commitment to serving the nation’s public interest, promoting social mobility and producing groundbreaking research. 

Chancellor Khosla and Alumni Board member Jerri Malana with True Triton Award recipient Otis Watson

Alumni Day of Service at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy

Triton Leadership Conference

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