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Up Front May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2
   


As the new year begins, UC San Diego is embarking on a new era in our short but successful history. With our continued expansion and innovation, new administrators and new initiatives, UC San Diego is cementing its status as one of the top institutions in the nation for research and higher education, all the while pushing boundaries and focusing on projects that will positively impact on our local, national and global communities.

Due to our relatively short history, many of our long-time administrators are retiring or moving on to new positions. In recent months, we’ve hired three new Vice Chancellors and we’re currently recruiting for three additional VC positions. Our new hires include Keith Brant, VC for External Relations, who has an extensive background in alumni relations; Arthur B. Ellis, VC for Research, who is widely known for his leadership in advancing the creation and communication of new knowledge; and Tony Haymet, VC for Marine Sciences, a distinguished researcher who will help us strengthen our connections with our global partners. Our current VC recruitments are for Health Sciences, Academic Affairs, and Resource Management and Planning. We’re sad to see our team members and long-time friends depart. At the same time, we’re excited about our new administrators who bring fresh ideas, enthusiasm and an array of experience

Looking ahead to the future, UC San Diego is leading the way in one of the most promising fields in medical science today—stem cell research. Professor Larry Goldstein has been appointed to the newly created director position for the UC San Diego Stem Cell Program. He will lead the University’s effort to establish a stem cell program that will be a model of interdisciplinary research. California is fast becoming a hotbed for stem cell research and UC San Diego has formed several partnerships—with local and global organizations—to enhance stem cell research collaboration.

In addition, UC San Diego is working to avoid a potential future problem—a lack of math and science teachers (see Class Conscious) and has launched a new math and science education program that has a unique, interdisciplinary approach.

We’re also addressing environmental challenges and implementing innovative sustainable solutions. Former VC of Marine Sciences, Charlie Kennel, is now heading up our new Environment and Sustainability Initiative and we are taking the lead to integrate information technology across all academic disciplines to contribute practical, economically desirable, and environmentally sustainable solutions. We’re doing this through education, research, and enhancement of our green practices on campus—such as implementing commuting alternatives; planning, designing, constructing and maintaining our facilities with energy-efficient equipment, reclaimed water programs, and recycling programs; and managing energy use.

As we continue to look for ways to solve future problems and strengthen our global partnerships, our mission of higher education and our commitment to our students remain steadfast. Our current students, and our alumni, help determine the impact UC San Diego will have on the world. Our past is written. Now it’s time to focus on our future.

Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor


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Chancellor's Office

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Press Release Welcoming Keith Brant

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Press Release Welcoming Tony Haymet

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Press Release Welcoming Arthur Ellis

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Larry Goldstein's Appointment

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Environment and Sustainability Initiative

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