Famed oceanographer Walter Munk is turning 100 years old today. He is a beloved scientist and UC San Diego’s oldest living alumnus. As part of his centennial celebration, hundreds of people gathered yesterday at the La Jolla Shores boardwalk for the unveiling of Walter Munk Way, part of the City of San Diego’s honorary street naming program. The newly named stretch of boardwalk honors Munk’s eight decades of research that continues to impact our world and inspire many. At the event, Chancellor Khosla talked about his admiration of Munk’s consistent curiosity, courage and commitment to scientific investigation.
Over the last 22 years, the Hellman Fellowship Program has provided early opportunities to 300 young faculty in the early stages of their careers to support their research and career endeavors. To celebrate our current fellows and acknowledge the tremendous impact of the Hellman Fellows Fund, a lunch was held yesterday at the Faculty Club. Chancellor Khosla talked about the importance of early faculty support which helps propel research and break the barriers of knowledge. Several of the Hellman Fellows shared the progress of their current research projects and how their fellowships contribute to their work.
Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the UC San Diego Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award. The prestigious award is bestowed upon faculty and graduate students to honor teaching excellence. Recipients are selected for their creativity, innovative teaching methods, ability to motivate students and commitment to teaching. At the annual awards ceremony yesterday at the Faculty Club, Chancellor Khosla congratulated each awardee and commented that it because of our amazing achievers – like our honorees – that UC San Diego has become a world-renowned public research university in only five decades. Read about the honorees.
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