UCSD Founders Celebration Symposium


Thursday, Nov. 13 from 5–7 p.m. Location: East Ballroom, Price Center.

Wonder how research happening at UC San Diego translates into real-world benefits? Find out from faculty experts at the annual Founders Symposium. These short talks from six extraordinary minds will illuminate the collaborative approach used to understand and address complex issues within the broad research themes of understanding and protecting the planet, and enriching human life and society.

Six 10- to 12-minute TED-style talks will be followed by an interactive, moderated Q&A session.

Before the symposium, join us for a reception at The Loft, featuring undergraduate social innovators who are addressing issues such as poverty, health, education and the environment.

The reception and symposium are open to the public.

Symposium Topics and Speakers

Understanding and Protecting the Planet
  • Matthew Alford, Ph.D. ’98
    Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Richard Carson, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Economics
  • Eugene Pawlak, Ph.D. ’97
    Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Enriching Human Life and Society
  • William Griswold, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Razelle Kurzrock, M.D.
    Professor and Division Chief, Division of Hematology-Oncology; Senior Deputy Center Director for Clinical Science
  • Lucila Ohno-Machado, M.D., MBA, Ph.D.
    Professor and Division Chief, Division of Biomedical Informatics; Associate Dean for Informatics and Technology