Engaging Students and Society in Political Discourse

UC San Diego Professor Thad Kousser moderates a panel on civility.

Ethics, transparency and civility are hot topics in politics, business, education and many other fields.  That is why UC San Diego is taking the lead to engage students and society members in a dialogue about these important values.  Discussion was sparked today at the Ethics, Transparency and Civility conference held on the UC San Diego campus.  Elected officials, business and community leaders, and campus members gathered for three daytime panels at Great Hall.  Chancellor Khosla reiterated UC San Diego's commitment to fostering an environment of responsibility and integrity, and ensuring that we educate future leaders who embrace these important values.

Chancellor Khosla speaks with panelists and audience members including Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (left middle).

Attendees enjoyed a pizza reception after the daytime panels.

Empowering Women and Girls around the World

From left: Henri Migala, Director of International House; Ramesh Rao, Director of UC San Diego's Qualcomm Institute; Chancellor Khosla; Anita Raj, Director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health; Bonnie Dumanis, District Attorney; Jay Silverman, Director of Research for the Center on Gender Equity and Health; Mary-Ellen Barrett, Deputy District Attorney

UC San Diego commemorated the third annual United Nations International Day of the Girl Child by hosting a half-day event—featuring speakers, performances and activity booths—to empower women and girls, and to raise awareness about the need for equitable treatment. During welcome remarks at UC San Diego's Great Hall, Chancellor Khosla talked about UC San Diego’s top scholars who are at the forefront of this academic work, conducting research in the areas of girl-child marriage, gender-based violence, family planning and maternal health, and economic empowerment.  He said we need to continue to work together, across disciplines, to address these types of global challenges.  District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis served as keynote speaker.

Revolutionizing the Future

“This will be big not only for us, but for industry in San Diego.” – Chancellor Khosla

World-renowned leaders in consumer robotics, including Chancellor Khosla, gathered on the UC San Diego campus on Friday to share their design and development of robotics technologies that are improving society.  Speakers included industry and university leaders, who talked about the benefits of robotics in business, education, medicine and day-to-day tasks.  Chancellor Khosla opened the Contextual Robotics Forum by emphasizing the impact robotics has on both improving lives and stimulating our economy through the creation of new technology, companies and jobs.

The Chancellor also talked about the importance of educating UC San Diego students in the future of engineering, which Dean of Engineering Al Pisano reiterated when talking about the university’s goal to increase our robotics faculty and research funding.  One of the forum’s highlights came from Qualcomm Chief Technology Officer Matt Grob, who launched a small quad copter from the podium, and flew it over the crowd.

Qualcomm Chief Technology Officer Matt Grob flew a small quad copter over the crowd.

UC San Diego student and Qualcomm Institute events intern Stephanie Conley sets up a display.

Chancellor Khosla talks with Rajesh Pankaj (left) from Qualcomm and Ramesh Rao (right), UC San Diego's Qualcomm Institute Director.

From left: Erik Antonsson from Northrup Grumman, Chancellor Khosla, David Whelan from Boeing, Rajesh Gupta from UC San Diego, William Burfitt from UC San Diego

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