Famous Filmmaker Honored for Scientific Exploration

“This prize is given to luminaries who have helped bring the adventure and excitement of science into the public spotlight.” – Chancellor Khosla

World-renowned filmmaker James Cameron is the latest recipient of the Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest.  He received the award during a ceremony at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where he talked about his record-setting deep-sea expedition.  Last year, he became the first person to complete a solo dive to the world’s deepest point.  Cameron has been collaborating with Scripps for nearly a decade, focusing on developing new ways to explore and study the deepest parts of the oceans.  He donated an extreme-depth unmanned undersea “lander” to Scripps for future exploration endeavors.

At the award ceremony, Chancellor Khosla congratulated Cameron and talked about the importance of the Nierenberg award, explaining that it is among the most prestigious awards given at UC San Diego.