Chancellor Khosla, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Walter Munk and VC Margaret Leinen at a news conference before the Centennial Conversation.
The 100th birthday celebration of famed oceanographer Walter Munk’s continued today with a Centennial Conversation between the beloved scientist and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, who also has a long history of oceanographic research and conservation. The two discussed exploring the seas and the importance of research in advancing our knowledge and protecting our planet. Chancellor Khosla welcomed the audience to the event by applauding the bold and adventurous scientific leadership that has propelled our society forward, specifically acknowledging the contributions of Walter Munk and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II.
The Chancellor conveyed what an honor it has been to get to know Walter Munk, sharing an anecdote about one occassion when Munk wanted to make a correction to a paper he wrote 40 years ago, emphasizing his passion to keep learning and advancing knowledge. He then talked about what an honor it is to have Prince Albert II back on campus, pointing out that His Serene Highness is only the second person ever to have received the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Roger Revelle Prize, which he was awarded in 2009 for his efforts to raise environmental awareness and advance scientific understanding of our planet.
The San Diego chapter of ARCS Foundation is helping 31 graduate students continue their promising research in science, technology and medicine this year. Chancellor Khosla joined representatives of the ARCS Foundation San Diego Chapter for a special check presentation ceremony, along with many of this year’s fellowship awardees. Since 1987, the local chapter has supported more than 670 graduate and Ph.D. students and given more than $5 million in unrestricted funds to UC San Diego, which students may use to further their research, cover travel expenses or meet other financial obligations.
UC San Diego campus members are invited to give input into the development of our campus Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. The plan was announced yesterday at a Town Hall meeting led by the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The speakers included Chancellor Khosla, Executive Vice Chancellor Elizabeth Simmons, Vice Chancellor Becky Petitt, Associate Vice Chancellor Dianne Forbes Berthoud and Dean Bill McGinnis, all who reaffirmed the university’s commitment to excellence in diversity and encouraged campus members to get involved and provide feedback. The many ways to participate are detailed on the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence website.
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