Celebrating 150 Years of Being Boldly Californian

Chancellor Khosla welcomes the current and former UC Presidents: David Gardner, Dick Atkinson, Bob Dynes, Mark Yudof and Janet Napolitano.

The University of California is commemorating its 150th anniversary this year. As part of the celebration, a sesquicentennial event was held on the UC San Diego campus last night. Current UC President Janet Napolitano was joined by former presidents – David Gardner, Dick Atkinson, Bob Dynes and Mark Yudof – for a panel discussion about the strategic growth and excellence of the University and UC’s commitment to world-class education, impactful research, advanced patient care and public service.  They covered a range of topics including access and affordability, challenges and opportunities with enrollment growth, and the importance of research and technology transfer to enhance the student experience and improve and save lives. In his welcome remarks, Chancellor Khosla talked about the impact of the University on our state, nation and world – from the 1.6 million alumni and UC’s vital role in generating nearly $50 billion in economic activity for our state each year, to University of California innovations, such as the wetsuit and flu vaccine.

Chair of the Board of Regents George Kieffer offered a sesquicentennial greeting and introduced the past Chair of the Board of Regents and panel moderator Monica Lozano.

Contributing to the Betterment of Humankind

Chancellor Khosla with Kyoto Prize Laureate Dr. Graham Farquhar and a guest from the Australian National University

UC San Diego is co-hosting the Kyoto Prize Symposium Celebration in San Diego, along with our partners San Diego State University, University of San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University.  The three-day celebration features talks by the 2017 Kyoto Prize Laureates.  The Kyoto Prize, given by the Inamori Foundation, is Japan’s highest private award for lifetime achievement and is presented to individuals and groups worldwide who have contributed significantly to the betterment of humankind.  Yesterday, renowned plant physiologist Graham Farquhar spoke at UC San Diego to an audience of campus and community members, including students from local San Diego and Tijuana high schools.  Dr. Farquhar was awarded the Kyoto Prize for his work in the development of process-based models of photosynthesis and their contributions to the science of global environmental changes.  

Kyoto Prize Laureate Dr. Graham Farquhar before his lecture

Chancellor Khosla with Founder and Director of the Kyoto Symposium Organization Malin Burnham

Reconnecting with Alumni in Los Angeles

Chancellor Khosla with alumni Rick Labowe and Nathan East

Triton alumni, university supporters and members of the UC San Diego community gathered in the heart of Los Angeles last week for a “UC San Diego and You” event to reconnect and be inspired by groundbreaking Triton innovations.  Chancellor Khosla welcomed the guests at the Cross-Campus Downtown LA coworking space and shared how the university’s vision is enhancing opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship on campus.  The program also showcased two pioneering entrepreneurial ventures founded by UC San Diego students that are transforming industries around the world. 

Voyager Space Technologies is revolutionizing the approach to automated spacecraft design, while ionboard is an electric skateboard startup disrupting the industry by offering a high performance, low cost product.  Both Voyager and ionboard are involved in The Basement, UC San Diego’s incubator/accelerator program for student entrepreneurs.  A reception followed the main event allowing the attendees the opportunity to mingle with new and old acquaintances.

Chancellor Khosla with alumnus Charles Zhou

Chancellor Khosla standing on an ionboard next to Nathan East and student innovators Yue Kate Xu and Jack Craig

Chancellor Khosla with Voyager Space Technologies student innovators Darren Charrier and Faris Hamdi

Darren Charrier

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