I recently sat down with Kit Pogliano, UC San Diego Dean of Biological Sciences, as part of the division’s "A Deep Look into COVID and a New World of Innovation." The event featured several scientists describing groundbreaking innovations related to detecting and analyzing SARS-CoV-2, as well as the future of at-home diagnostic testing in response to COVID-19. I shared with Kit my reflections on the fact it was nearly a year ago that I issued the order to send students home due to the onslaught of the SARS CoV-2 global pandemic. There was so much we were still learning at that time: how it spreads, its impact and its evolution.
I knew at that moment that UC San Diego was uniquely positioned to lead the way in finding innovative solutions to the challenges this virus threw at us. Our university had all of the right resources—world-renowned faculty, researchers and scholars across multiple disciplines and specialties who could address the issue from literally all sides; students who were invested in responsibly and safely returning to campus; a preeminent health system that is ranked among the top health systems in the country; and as importantly, a spirit of collaboration and commitment that has always defined us as a community—the desire to address and solve the most pressing issues facing our society. It is what we do. It is who we are.
We didn’t get to this place easily. We were building and sailing at the same time, evolving our approach and our understanding as the virus evolved. We dove deep to find answers and made significant contributions that positively impacted the health of our campus, local and global communities. We have a lot to be proud of.
To watch the full webinar and see others in the series, visit the Deep Look website.