TRITON Magazine Fall 2021 | Page 3



UC San Diego has a long history of developing and maintaining connections inside and outside the university . We do this through interdisciplinary research , collaboration across institutions , and mutually beneficial partnerships with industry , government and community organizations . These connections create a larger well of ideas , uncover alternative perspectives and enhance deliberations that lead to more equitable , long-term solutions that benefit a larger swath of humanity . In a word , innovation .
We encourage these connections by creating physical , cultural and intellectual infrastructure that connects people and fosters our culture of collaboration . For example , this year the new UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley will begin operations , increasing direct access to our campus and medical centers for students , patients , employees and visitors . Our new Design and Innovation Building will open for creative experimentation and learning for partners on and off campus . And our new downtown San Diego location at Park & Market streets will open a mix of public , business , arts and educational spaces for civic engagement , learning and cultural experiences unique to our region . These projects will connect UC San Diego to our entire cross-border region .
On a national scale , we became a founding member of the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance . We joined Stanford , Boston Children ’ s Hospital , Harvard , the University of Kansas , the University of Oregon and the Salk Institute to transform health on a global scale by learning more about the biological principles underlying human performance . In the recently announced Institute for Learning-enabled Optimization at Scale , headquartered at UC San Diego , we joined MIT , Yale , the University of Pennsylvania and other leading research institutions to advance AI research and workforce development . Connections like these reinforce our position as a global hub for innovations that make a difference .
In this issue of Triton magazine , you will read about Tritons who have built connections that are advancing discoveries in complex issues such as climate change , wildfire , cardiology and more . Data science , technology , bioprospecting and “ underwater libraries ” are just a sample of the remarkable innovations shared in the following pages that highlight how connections are the engine that drives progress .
Don ’ t forget that you , too , are connected to UC San Diego . I encourage you to nurture your connections to each other and to your alma mater . We hope to see you soon at Homecoming or at any of our virtual or in person networking events . Let ’ s connect soon .
With kind regards ,
Pradeep K . Khosla Chancellor