Remembering Jeffrey L. Elman

A celebration of life was held to recognize and honor Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science Jeffrey L. Elman, whose contributions redefined the fields of linguistics and social sciences. At the memorial, Chancellor Khosla shared that Elman would be remembered as an inspirational and visionary person. Elman served as dean of the Division of Social Sciences from 2006 to 2014 and was a founding member of the Department of Cognitive Science, the first of its kind in the world.

He also served as founding director of the Center for Research in Language and founding co-director of the university’s Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind. Most recently, Elman held the Chancellor’s Associates Endowed Chair and co-founded the Halicioğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego. A pioneer in artificial neural networks, Elman introduced what is known as the “Elman net” in 1990. Elman nets are still used today in fields ranging from psychology to economics to model behaviors that happen over time.

Elman will be remembered as a trailblazer, a keen observer, an enthusiastic collaborator and a good friend. He mentored many students and, as an accomplished administrator, he helped to expand UC San Diego’s educational and research programs. He will be deeply missed by the department, the Division of Social Sciences and the university.

Welcoming the Newest Chancellor’s Associates Scholars

UC San Diego’s newest class of Chancellor’s Associates Scholars received a warm welcome from students, staff, faculty and university supporters at a recent reception held to kick off the academic year. Chancellor Khosla opened the program by congratulating the students on their admission to UC San Diego, and thanked all who have helped the scholars on their road to success. 

“This is your home away from home; each and every one of you was specially chosen—you belong here,” he said. “I want you all to have confidence in your ability and faith in yourself. Your family, your community and your university are here to support you.”

He went on to explain that the honor cord they each received signifies the university’s pledge to serve them throughout their academic career—and that he hopes they will wear it again when they graduate as Tritons.

Chancellor Khosla created the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program in 2013 as a way to improve the educational pathway for local, ambitious students to attain a higher education. When paired with the UC Blue + Gold Opportunity Plan, the program essentially provides a full scholarship for eligible students, covering tuition, on-campus housing, books and more. More than just a scholarship, the program includes as summer transition program, leadership and communication seminars, peer and faculty mentoring and more.

Collaborating with Military Leaders

Admiral Yancy, United States Navy, Chancellor Khosla

UC San Diego has a long, fruitful and meaningful history with the U.S. military. In an effort to nurture ongoing partnerships and spark collaboration, Chancellor Khosla hosted the first military leaders’ reception at Geisel House. The Chancellor emphasized the importance of partnership, and how the University is helping support the vision and missions of the military. Following his remarks, Chancellor Khosla invited U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Yancy Lindsey, a new member of the Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board (CCAB), to elaborate on his new role and the opportunities available at UC San Diego specifically for the military community. The event also included an information fair with departments all over campus and UC Health sharing the ways their departments support our active duty and veteran student populations.

Colonel Gurny, United States Marine Corps; Kathleen Ritzman, Associate Director – Scripps Institution of Oceanography; General Heritage, United States Marine Corps.

(Middle) Robert Sweetman III, Navy Seal (ret.), Rady School of Management MBA candidate and founder of Existential Technologies, Inc., with wife and daughter.

Walter H. Munk, professor emeritus of geophysics in the Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

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