Welcoming New Scholars to Campus

At a special reception last week to welcome UC San Diego’s newest Chancellor’s Associates Scholars to campus, Chancellor Khosla reiterated the university’s commitment to support our students throughout their academic journey.  He also pointed out the many faculty and staff in attendance who are here to help our students.  The Chancellor created the scholarship in 2013 to improve the pathway for local qualified students to achieve a higher education at UC San Diego.  With 206 new scholars this year, more than 600 have now received the scholarship.  

Advancing Healthy Living

Chancellor Khosla, Professor Tajana Rosing, SVP IBM Watson Solutions John Kelly, County of San Diego Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, Professor Rob Knight

UC San Diego is partnering with IBM Research to advance the use of artificial intelligence to enhance the quality of life and independence for aging populations.  The multi-year collaboration, which is creating the new Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living Center at UC San Diego, was announced yesterday at a signing ceremony.  Chancellor Khosla said he’s excited to bring together the diverse strengths and disciplines of UC San Diego and IBM to promote critical research and applications for healthy aging and the human microbiome.  He noted the ultimate goal is to enable older adults to live independently longer and have a higher quality of life.  Read Chancellor Khosla’s blog entry on the IBM website.

Providing More Housing for Students

Kit Pogliano, Chancellor Khosla, Mark Cunningham, Mark Derdzinski

The first phase of UC San Diego’s new Mesa Nueva Housing project is now open and students are already moving in.  Yesterday, Chancellor Khosla joined Dean of the Graduate Division Kit Pogliano, Graduate Student Association President Mark Derdzinski and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Housing, Dining and Hospitality Mark Cunningham to celebrate the new graduate and professional student community.  The Chancellor talked about the importance of adding housing to enhance the student experience, build a sense of community and provide a four-year housing guarantee, which will help to recruit and retain the best students.  He also emphasized Mesa Nueva Housing is part of our overall efforts to transform our campus, physically and intellectually.  

Once the entire project is complete, Mesa Nueva will house nearly 5,000 graduate students.  Additionally, the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, which will break ground in the coming months and be the new home for Sixth College, will add 2,000 beds for undergraduates.

After the ribbon-cutting, more than 1,200 students gathered on the rooftop lounge to get to know each other and enjoy live music and entertainment.

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