Finding Positive Solutions to Societal Challenges

Chancellor Khosla presents the NCRC Peacemaker Award to President Janet Napolitano.

The National Conflict Resolution Center recently honored two individuals with the 2015 Peacemaker Award, and they both have connections to UC San Diego.  Chancellor Khosla was on hand to present the National Peacemaker Award to University of California President Janet Napolitano.  She received the award for her work in proactively addressing the troubling issue of sexual assault, as well as embracing and promoting diversity through admission policies.  UC San Diego alumna and Supervisor of the San Diego Unified School System, Cindy Marten, received the San Diego Peacemaker Award for her leadership in shifting the San Diego Unified School district from zero tolerance rules and policies toward student discipline with a more restorative approach.  The annual awards dinner honors individuals and organizations who are dedicated to peacemaking in their own neighborhoods and around the world.

San Diego Unified Board of Education member Richard Barrera presents the NCRC Peacemaker Award to Cindy Marten.

Increasing Educational Access and Opportunities

Chancellor Khosla joined campus members and community friends to celebrate and thank Robert and Allison Price for the educational opportunities they are providing through Price Philanthropies to students from underserved communities all over San Diego County. Their generous $6 million gift to UC San Diego’s Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography will expand student access to our existing educational outreach programs and also support the development of an innovative new education program.Thousands of students will benefit from the expanded access and programs.The gift also recognizes the work and contributions of former Birch Aquarium Executive Director, Nigella Hillgarth, and the outdoor education plaza was named after her.

Former Birch Aquarium Executive Director Nigella Hillgarth

Enriching Connections with the Campus

“We are here to share the impact UC San Diego has on our society and world.” – Chancellor Khosla

Five faculty members shared their research with attendees.  From left: Brenda Bloodgood, Nathan Gianneschi, Susan Shirk, Joe Wang, Scott Klemmer

UC San Diego’s Alumni & Community Engagement program—UC San Diego & You—is delivering university news and research to our Triton family in their own neighborhoods.  Last weekend, Chancellor Khosla joined five faculty members at Google headquarters in Silicon Valley to meet with alumni, parents and university friends and talk about UC San Diego’s Strategic Plan goals and vision.  Our faculty shared their research—which ranged from targeted drug delivery to nanorockets—that support the four grand research themes developed through our strategic planning process.  The next UC San Diego & You event will be held in May in Los Angeles.

Chancellor Khosla with AVC and Chief Alumni Officer Armin Afsahi

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