Cognitive Science Alumnus Chris Fry Leads Twitter to New Heights

It is Chris Fry’s job, as senior vice president of engineering at Twitter, to make sure his flock of engineers continues to fly in formation. Fry is an expert engineer whose team does a number of things, including making sure Twitter can handle more than 500 million daily Tweets. Yet it is his ability to build and manage innovative teams that makes him one of the most valuable technology leaders in the business today. Fry credits his versatility to the interdisciplinary education he gained while pursuing a Ph.D. in cognitive science at UC San Diego — a path that while maybe not an obvious choice for his field, has proven invaluable.

April 03, 2014Business & Economics, Alumni

Chancellor Reaffirms UC San Diego’s Commitment to Access, Inclusion at Community Forum

Fulfilling a promise to the local community, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla returned to Southeast San Diego Thursday to convey how community feedback has helped shape UC San Diego’s strategic plan. Last year, UC San Diego hosted two Community Town Hall meetings to seek input about strengthening pathways to higher education for underserved students, increase the campus’s presence in South County, and meet the community’s economic and workforce needs. The feedback shaped the campus’s first strategic plan, which is nearly complete.

March 06, 2014Campus & Community

Diversity Awards Honor Outstanding Outreach and Inclusion Initiatives

Designed as a cultural laboratory, La Clase Magica uses storytelling to bridge the lives of local underserved youth and UC San Diego undergraduate students. As “amigo/as,” undergraduate mentors share anecdotes of life in college and encourage their mentees to pursue higher education. In turn, by facilitating digital media projects that draw upon the traditions, language and history of the youth, undergraduates discover the broad diversity and cultural breadth that exists in local San Diego communities.

February 27, 2014Awards, Honors & Appointments

Help Us Make a Memorable First Impression at Triton Day 2014

For many admitted students, Triton Day is the first opportunity to experience UC San Diego—our sprawling grounds and ocean views, dynamic campus community and expansive research and collaborative opportunities—all factors students will weigh when deciding upon which university to attend in the fall. We call upon all students, staff, faculty and alumni to join us in welcoming newly admitted freshmen by being an ambassador, tabling, performing and more.

February 20, 2014Campus & Community

UC San Diego a National Leader for Long-Term Study Abroad

Drawn to Barcelona for the excitement of a large metropolitan city and the opportunity to interact with a global community, Mireya Pinell-Cruz recently embarked on a yearlong study abroad journey to Spain. Sharpening her language skills and opening her mind to new possibilities, Pinell-Cruz enriched her experience by becoming involved with a ballet folklorico dance company, teaching English and participating in an internship with a local cultural association.

February 13, 2014Students, Awards, Honors & Appointments

Undergrads Discover Skills, Possible Career Paths at New Conference for Research in Arts, Humanities

Arts, humanities and social science undergraduate students at UC San Diego are taking the initiative to develop faculty mentorships and engage in immersive research projects—from studying affirmative action to surveying the gestures of sign language and empowering marginalized youth. To support and showcase their efforts, Academic Enrichment Programs and the Office of Research Affairs have launched CRASSH—Conference for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences—an opportunity for undergrads to gain confidence presenting their work and discover career paths.

January 09, 2014Arts, Students, Arts & Culture

Former Foster Youth Find a Family at UC San Diego

When former foster youth join the UC San Diego community as undergraduates, they are immediately embraced by a close-knit extended family of caring staff members who affirm the students’ potential and assure comprehensive support.

December 05, 2013Giving, Giving

UC San Diego Foundation Welcomes Seven New Trustees

Much more than financial advisors, UC San Diego Foundation trustees work as a team to connect the university with community partners and discover resources needed to launch innovative programs. Some of the campus’s most impactful initiatives—such as the Qualcomm Institute, the Preuss School UCSD, Moores Cancer Center, and more—were made possible through gifts to the Foundation. To ensure the continued success and growth of the campus, seven new trustees will join the 2013-14 Foundation board, including two UC San Diego alumni, a former chancellor and several regional business executives.

November 21, 2013General

Former Foster Youth Benefit from Sony Technology Packages

Five UC San Diego undergraduate students who are former foster youth and two junior faculty members were awarded a technology package from Sony Electronics, Inc., as part of a nationwide scholarship program during a reception on Nov. 1. Sony has awarded equipment packages annually for the past five years—a total approximate value of $53,000—to help UC San Diego students and faculty achieve their academic and teaching goals.

November 19, 2013Awards, General, Giving, Giving, Awards, Honors & Appointments

Faculty Club Turns 25

The UC San Diego Faculty Club means many things to many people. A home away from home, comfort food and familiar faces draw regulars for weekday lunch buffets. Community members learn of groundbreaking research in their own backyard. And alumni return to reconnect with their alma mater. As a central meeting place on campus, the club builds a sense of fellowship among faculty and staff, alumni and community members. Permanently established as a campus forum in 1988, the Faculty Club will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year with a special celebration.

November 14, 2013General, On Campus, Campus & Community

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