Using Data Science to Change the World

Chancellor Khosla recognizes Taner Halıcıoğlu’s vision, leadership and philanthropy.

A dedication and celebration was held today for the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute, which is building on the university’s strengths of multidisciplinary collaboration and data science to better understand and make predictions about the world around us.  Chancellor Khosla talked about how Taner Halıcıoğlu’s generosity and vision to establish the institute is propelling UC San Diego’s physical, intellectual and cultural transformation, and how it will help us to gather, analyze and understand data so we can save and improve lives.  He acknowledged the leadership of Halıcıoğlu and the Institute’s co-directors, Rajesh Gupta and Jeff Elman, as well as the faculty members and community supporters who helped make the vision for this institute a reality. 

The event, held at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, featured a wide range of speakers, including Chancellor Khosla, the Institute’s co-directors, CEO of The Planetary Society William Nye, Founder of the Institute Taner Halıcıoğlu, and Microsoft Corporate Vice President Peter Lee.  A faculty and student open house is being held this afternoon.

Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry presented Taner Halıcıoğlu with a proclamation from the City of San Diego. 

Taner Halıcıoğlu talks about his vision for the Institute and his passion to solve problems and help next-generation leaders.

Speakers inlcuded Institute Co-Director Rajesh Gupta and William S. Nye, pictured in the center of the front row.

Honoring Black History Month

EVC Elizabeth Simmons, Chancellor Khosla and Tammy Blevins with Buffalo Soldiers from the 9th and 10th Horse Cavalary Association, San Diego Chapter; pictured here: Trooper Rachel Hilliard, President; Trooper Angela Greene; Chuck Ambers, Founder and Curator, Casa del Rey Moro, African Museum San Diego; Trooper Jason Greene

Every year, as part of UC San Diego’s Black History Month celebration, the university hosts a scholarship brunch to support and recognize undergraduate students, and honor the culture and contributions of African Americans in U.S. history.  At the 16th annual brunch on Saturday, Chancellor Khosla thanked attendees for their continued partnership in the ongoing effort to increase diversity and create an equitable and inclusive environment for all at UC San Diego.  He also recognized three scholarship recipients for their stellar academic achievement.  All proceeds from the brunch’s silent auction benefit student scholarships.

Keynote speaker Gregory Gadson, a combat veteran with more than two decades of service in the United States Army, talked about his experiences in overcoming obstacles.

Supporting Student Scholars

EVC Elizabeth Simmons, AJ Gallo ’21, Karen Silberman, Jeff Silberman, Meghan Stern ’21, Leslie Lopez ’21, James Garrafa Luna ’21

Hearts and Scholars is an annual event that unites UC San Diego scholarship recipients with the philanthropists who support them.  This year’s dinner attracted the largest audience of scholarship supporters.  Chancellor Khosla shared with the crowd the important impact of scholarships, as they transform students’ lives and the UC San Diego community for the better because each scholarship has a ripple effect as our students use their education to change our world.  The Chancellor expressed his pride in our students’ dedication and efforts to give back to their communities and his optimism for their future accomplishments.

He also emphasized that being a student-centered university is the foremost priority of our university and our Campaign for UC San Diego.  Two new scholarship programs were announced at this year’s dinner: the Steve and Sue Hart Student Success Endowment, a visionary leadership gift supporting scholarships, tutoring, mentoring, and mental health counseling for students, and the Karen and Jeff Silberman Chancellor’s Associates Inspiration Challenge, a historic $1 million program matching dollar-for-dollar gifts to support Chancellor’s Associates Scholarships.

Chancellor Khosla with scholars and Student Foundation members

Chancellor Khosla and Sarah Tan ’19, Student Foundation Trustee

Chancellor Khosla with UC San Diego’s sixth Chancellor Robert Dynes

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