Tackling Environmental Challenges through Strategic Partnership

As a world leader in cutting-edge research, UC San Diego is bringing experts together across disciplines and industries to advance our Strategic Plan research goal of Understanding and Protecting the Planet.  A summit was held on campus today to increase dialogue with the community about our important environmental research and showcase the cross-disciplinary work already taking place on campus.  Chancellor Khosla welcomed the leaders in research, science, advocacy and policy, and encouraged attendees to network and collaborate to engineer solutions for our global society.  He also emphasized UC San Diego’s commitment to finding solutions for the pressing global challenges facing our society, including environmental concerns.

From left to right: Moderator, Mark Merrifield, Director, Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation; Kim Prather, Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, Climate, Atmospheric Science, and Physical Oceanography; Sarah Giddings, Assistant Professor, Integrative Oceanography Division; Aneesh Subramanian, Project Scientist, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes

Stoking Student Leadership

The Associated Students Fellowship Program invited Chancellor Khosla to a recent meeting to share his leadership experience and provide advice to fellows as they take on leadership positions.  The program is for first-year students and promotes leadership experience through participation in AS offices, weekly workshops and event planning.  The Chancellor talked about his experience as a student, a professor and an administrator, and emphasized the importance of education in teaching students to think, collaborate and problem solve.  He encouraged the students to get involved in diverse activities and to take advantage of the many opportunities offered on campus to develop leadership skills.

Using Citizen Science to Improve Human Health

UC San Diego is leading the American Gut project – over 10,000 citizen scientists who are finding out about all the tiny microbes that inhabit their bodies – assisted with a consortium of over 100 researchers around the world.  Today, the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation, led by Professor Rob Knight, held a symposium to celebrate the first publication of the American Gut Project in the open-access ASM journal mSystems.  Chancellor Khosla welcomed the audience and talked about the importance of this project in discovering and better understanding our microbes and microbiomes, and he pointed out that this project is unique in using citizen-science, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding so everyone can get involved.  The American Gut project is based out of Rob Knight’s lab, one of the largest microbiome research labs in the world.

Professor Rob Knight

Professor Larry Smarr

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