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Traverse the decks of R/V Sally Ride, Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s newest research vessel, on Oct. 29-30—one of a series of free signature events happening this fall. Photos by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications

From Trolley Wraps to Ship Science: Events to Offer Inside Look at UC San Diego’s Path-breaking Projects

At UC San Diego, we don’t follow the beaten path—we create new ones. This means building a transportation infrastructure that will increase community access to education and health care. And sailing boldly into uncharted realms to investigate the workings of our Earth, oceans and atmosphere.

As part of the UC San Diego community, we are all pioneers on this journey. We invite you to join us for a series of free signature events: the Oct. 15 launch of the UC San Diego Blue Line; exclusive tours of Research Vessel Sally Ride on Oct. 29 for UC San Diego faculty, staff and students, and Oct. 30 for the general public; and Founders Day, featuring a carnival and live entertainment, happening Nov. 18.

“These exciting endeavors mark the beginning of a new era of exploration and community involvement at UC San Diego,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “They showcase who we are at UC San Diego—trendsetters, changemakers and groundbreakers. We invite all faculty, staff and students to learn more and participate in the upcoming festivities.”

Learn more about the upcoming events and volunteer opportunities:

UC San Diego Blue Line Launch Celebration

2-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, Gaslamp Quarter Station

Soon you will see trolley cars zipping across the county adorned with vibrant tattoos, bright yellow cheese—even one trolley that appears upside down. The new look represents the cutting-edge research of UC San Diego faculty members, including wireless “tattoos” created to monitor health, and the study of bacteria and fungi in cheese to better understand microbiomes. You are invited to a special unveiling of these traveling canvases, which will run from the U.S.-Mexico border to the university as part of the new UC San Diego Blue Line by 2021.

All Aboard: Exclusive Tours of Research Vessel Sally Ride

UC San Diego Faculty, Staff and Students: Noon-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, Broadway Pier

General Public: Noon-4 pm., Sunday, Oct. 30, Broadway Pier

She will not be in our harbor for long; R/V Sally Ride has a full itinerary of world travels ahead. But on Sunday, Oct. 29, the UC San Diego community has a rare opportunity to explore the 238-foot state-of-the-art ship, one of the most advanced mobile oceanographic laboratories out at sea today. Owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the vessel is equipped with sophisticated technology, including seafloor mapping systems and remotely operated vehicles, to study Earth, ocean and atmospheric processes from the ice edge to the equator. Meet our scientists and traverse the decks before Sally Ride sets sail on her first expedition.


Celebrate the Triton spirit of innovation at Founders Day on Nov. 18, featuring a carnival with live entertainment, tasty treats and interactive exhibits.

Re-See Everything at Founders Celebration

Founders Day

Noon-2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, Town Square

We are curious. We take things apart and reassemble them in a way nobody has done before. This is what we celebrate each November—UC San Diego’s culture of entrepreneurism, bold thinking and creative experimentation. The campus community is invited to celebrate the university’s 1960 founding with a bustling carnival featuring live entertainment, tasty treats and activities. Visit interactive exhibits from academic departments across campus to learn how UC San Diego’s dynamic past has helped shape the campus’s present as a place where discovery thrives.


8 p.m.–Midnight, Friday, Nov. 18, Town Square and Matthews Quad
UC San Diego undergraduate ID required

When night falls, undergraduate students can take part in Hullabaloo, a festival that transforms the center of campus into an explosion of lights, colors and music to celebrate the bright and passionate UC San Diego spirit. Students won’t want to miss this night of delicious food, thrilling rides and live performances by nationally touring artists, organized by A.S. Concerts and Events.

Volunteer at Founders Celebration 2016!

Volunteer50 is seeking your support during this year’s Founders Celebration. Volunteers are needed from Thursday, Nov. 17th through Saturday, Nov. 19th for event set-up, welcoming guests, ushering, directional assistance and event teardown. Shifts are available on a first come, first served basis, and will fill quickly. Volunteers will receive a meal, T-shirt, and special Volunteer50 giveaway. Click here to sign up today.