13th Annual School Supplies Drive for Local Children Underway

Chancellor Khosla donates school supplies for local children

The 13th annual UC San Diego School Supply Drive is officially underway. Organizers are collecting school supplies to distribute to numerous classrooms in underserved schools across San Diego County. Collection boxes are located all over campus, including the Chancellor's Office. Staff, faculty and students are encouraged to donate new school supplies, backpacks, lunch boxes, gently used binders and children’s books.

The UC San Diego Bookstore is offering donation packs of schools supplies, and donation bins are available in front of the Bookstore entrance. For your convenience, when you order online to donate, your supplies will be place in the collection bins by bookstore staff. 

Last year UC San Diego employees were able to provide supplies to 24 elementary, middle and high schools and after school programs across San Diego County. Your generous donations helped kids at the following schools and after school programs:

  • Rosa Parks Elementary
  • Logan Elementary
  • Dewey Elementary
  • Clover Flats Elementary
  • Palmer Way Elementary
  • Encanto Elementary
  • Fallbrook Street School
  • DePortola Elementary
  • Avondale Elementary
  • Rancho Elementary
  • Vista Grande Elementrary
  • Highlands Elementary
  • Pence Elementary
  • Balboa Elementary
  • Preuss UC San Diego Elementary / Middle
  • Roosevelt Middle
  • Millennial Tech Middle
  • Jacumba Middle
  • Knox Middle
  • Montgomery High
  • Mountain Empire High
  • Southwest High
  • Housing on Merit After School Program
  • Bayview CDC After School Program

Four UC San Diego Professors Recognized with National Early Career Award

Professors Padmini Rangamani, Darren Lipomi, Piya Pal and Eric Chang, M.D.

Professors Padmini Rangamani, Darren Lipomi, Piya Pal and Eric Chang, M.D.

UC San Diego Professors Eric Chang, Darren Lipomi, Piya Pal, and Padmini Rangamani received the 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers.

I'm so proud of these four professors and celebrate their achievements.

Our efforts to attract, retain and grow nationally recognized, top-quality, diverse faculty at UC San Diego are paying dividends to our students and to our community. Through leadership in their respective fields, dedication to accessible public education, and commitment to community engagement, these four early-career faculty members demonstrate UC San Diego’s vision to be a leading student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public research university.

Lipomi, a professor of nano-engineering at UC San Diego's Jacob's School of Engineering (JSOE), was recognized for his work on the chemistry of electronic materials with properties inspired by biological tissue for health sensing, medical touch and human-machine interfaces, and for his efforts in public outreach. He was nominated for the award by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Pal, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at JSOE, was recognized for her fundamental contributions to signal processing by designing innovative geometries and developing new optimization techniques that overcome bottlenecks of traditional array designs, and for enhancing fundamental performance limits of sparse inference problems. She was nominated by the Department of Defense.

Rangamani, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at JSOE, was recognized for her exceptional research accomplishments in the advancement of Theoretical Biophysics in physical biology and medicine, and for fundamental contributions to the physical understanding of lipid bilayers. She was nominated by the Department of Defense.

Change, a clinical professor of radiology at UC San Diego Health, was recognized for the development and clinical translation of novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques to better understand, diagnose and manage painful musculoskeletal diseases, including post-traumatic osteoarthritis and tendon pathologies resulting from active duty injuries. He was nominated by the San Diego VA Healthcare System, Department of Veterans Affairs.

Established in 1996, the PECASE acknowledges the contributions scientists and engineers have made to the advancement of science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) education and to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, and community outreach. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy coordinates the PECASE with participating departments and agencies.

Class of 2019 Inspired by Albright, Ready to Take on New Challenges

Chancellor Khosla Addresses UC San Diego Class of 2019On June 15, I joined our faculty, deans, provosts, trustees, regents, and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to celebrate 9,325 Tritons as they commemorate the culmination of their studies at UC San Diego and prepare for the next exciting stage in their lives. 

Commencement 2019 Recessional

From the birth of our experimental campus, we made a commitment to exploration and discovery outside the norm. We made a commitment to move theory into practice and back again in a symbiotic relationship. We made a commitment to challenge our students, faculty and researchers to look deeper at the world around them. We made a commitment to be inclusive, diverse and equity-minded. And we made a commitment to collaborate with knowledge builders inside and outside the institution in order to solve society’s most pressing issues.

"At this ceremony of celebration and anticipation," said Albright, "I hope you will each embrace the faith that every challenge surmounted by your energy; every problem solved by your wisdom; every soul awakened by your passion; and every barrier to justice brought down by your determination will ennoble your own lives, inspire others and explode outward the boundaries of what is achievable on this earth.”

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