Chancellor Visits White House for President’s BRAIN Initiative Announcement

The President of the United States announced a broad and collaborative research initiative at the White House on April 2 designed to revolutionize our understanding of the brain.  Sitting in the front row for the announcement were three University of California chancellors, including Chancellor Khosla.

The BRAIN initiative, which is short for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, will launch with about $100 million in funding from the president’s fiscal year 2014 budget.  Its goal is to advance the science and technologies needed to map and decipher brain activity.  Researchers from UC San Diego - in collaboration with colleagues at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and others on the Torrey Pines Mesa - will be involved in almost every area of the BRAIN initiative. 

Other attendees from UC San Diego included Ralph Greenspan, associate director of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind at UC San Diego (KIBM); Terry Sejnowski of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and UC San Diego, director of campus’s Institute for Neural Computation; KIBM Director Nick Spitzer, distinguished professor of neurobiology in the Division of Biological Sciences; and Dilip Jeste, distinguished professor of psychiatry and neurosciences.

Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Tom Kalil, UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block

“The president’s initiative is charting the next frontier of science, and UC San Diego is poised and ready to help our country lead the way. We anticipate our scientists will continue to play key roles in this great endeavor.” – Chancellor Khosla after the President’s speech

Standing Up Against Violence

“We can achieve so much more by working together, helping each other and learning from one another.” - Chancellor Khosla

Chancellor Khosla was a featured speaker at the launch event for The Art of Living Foundation’s new campaign, “Non-Violence: No Higher Calling,” at Balboa Park.  The goal of the campaign is to encourage one billion acts of nonviolence.  It was inspired by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a renowned spiritual leader and global humanitarian, who also spoke at the event.  Other distinguished speakers included Mayor Bob Filner and Superintendent-Designate of San Diego Unified School District Cindy Marten. 

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner presented a proclamation to His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Blazing a Trail in Education Leadership

Chancellor Khosla and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Suresh Subramani were honored at a March 24 reception for being trailblazers in education leadership.  The event was co-hosted by the San Diego Indian American Society and the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association.  Earlier in the day, Chancellor Khosla was the Chief Guest at the Society’s annual Unity in Diversity dance showcase, “Rhythms of Asia,” which featured several different styles of dancing.

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