The University of California is commemorating its 150th anniversary this year. As part of the celebration, a sesquicentennial event was held on the UC San Diego campus last night. Current UC President Janet Napolitano was joined by former presidents – David Gardner, Dick Atkinson, Bob Dynes and Mark Yudof – for a panel discussion about the strategic growth and excellence of the University and UC’s commitment to world-class education, impactful research, advanced patient care and public service. They covered a range of topics including access and affordability, challenges and opportunities with enrollment growth, and the importance of research and technology transfer to enhance the student experience and improve and save lives. In his welcome remarks, Chancellor Khosla talked about the impact of the University on our state, nation and world – from the 1.6 million alumni and UC’s vital role in generating nearly $50 billion in economic activity for our state each year, to University of California innovations, such as the wetsuit and flu vaccine.