Designing Our Future

UC San Diego’s Design Lab is focused on people-centered design as a way of thinking and embraces a three-pronged approach to design: research, education and community integration.  That is why the Design Lab created Design Forward, a flagship community movement to collaboratively address societal challenges through multi-disciplinary design.  The second annual Design Forward Summit was recently held at Liberty Station to ignite conversation and action around how design can improve the way we live, work and play.  At the event, Chancellor Khosla talked about the valuable role of design in bringing together top scholars across disciplines to work alongside civic, industry and community partners to ensure socially responsible, economically viable and forward-thinking impact. 

Chancellor Khosla with Design Lab Director Don Norman

Celebrating Transformational Oceanographic Research

Chancellor Khosla, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Walter Munk and VC Margaret Leinen at a news conference before the Centennial Conversation.

The 100th birthday celebration of famed oceanographer Walter Munk’s continued today with a Centennial Conversation between the beloved scientist and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, who also has a long history of oceanographic research and conservation.  The two discussed exploring the seas and the importance of research in advancing our knowledge and protecting our planet.  Chancellor Khosla welcomed the audience to the event by applauding the bold and adventurous scientific leadership that has propelled our society forward, specifically acknowledging the contributions of Walter Munk and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II.

The Chancellor conveyed what an honor it has been to get to know Walter Munk, sharing an anecdote about one occassion when Munk wanted to make a correction to a paper he wrote 40 years ago, emphasizing his passion to keep learning and advancing knowledge.  He then talked about what an honor it is to have Prince Albert II back on campus, pointing out that His Serene Highness is only the second person ever to have received the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Roger Revelle Prize, which he was awarded in 2009 for his efforts to raise environmental awareness and advance scientific understanding of our planet.

Supporting Our Next-Generation Leaders

The San Diego chapter of ARCS Foundation is helping 31 graduate students continue their promising research in science, technology and medicine this year.  Chancellor Khosla joined representatives of the ARCS Foundation San Diego Chapter for a special check presentation ceremony, along with many of this year’s fellowship awardees.  Since 1987, the local chapter has supported more than 670 graduate and Ph.D. students and given more than $5 million in unrestricted funds to UC San Diego, which students may use to further their research, cover travel expenses or meet other financial obligations.  

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