Founders Celebration 2014



Nov. 13–15, 2014

Join us as UC San Diego celebrates the curiosity and passion that have allowed our campus to transform the world.

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Founders Symposium

Short talks from extraordinary minds

Thursday, Nov. 13

Price Center

Founders Day

Entertainment, games, tasty treats and more

Friday, Nov. 14

Price Center (Program)
and Town Square (Festival)


Live performances, rides and food

Friday, Nov. 14

Town Square and Matthews Quad


Founders Celebration

The annual Founders Celebration commemorates the day UC San Diego was officially founded in November 1960. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends join together for entertainment and enlightenment at a series of events in honor of Triton achievements worldwide.

Founders Symposium

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014


Time: 4–5 p.m.

Location: The Loft, Price Center


Time: 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
Enriching Human Life and Society

Learn more about this year’s topics and speakers >>

Founders Symposium
Founders Symposium Speakers

Founders Day

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Through Their Eyes: A Conversation with Our Chancellors

Time: 11:30 a.m.–noon

Location: East Ballroom, Price Center

UC San Diego’s history will come alive through the descriptions and recollections of the leaders who helped to shape our stellar university. Join us for a candid, wide-ranging discussion of UC San Diego’s rise to prominence as seen through the eyes of our fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth chancellors. From the early days in 1980 when Richard C. Atkinson took the helm, through the years of explosive growth in the 1990s and 2000s under the leadership of chancellors Robert C. Dynes and Marye Anne Fox, to the completion in 2014 of our first-ever strategic-planning initiative led by Pradeep K. Khosla, the chancellors will relay their views about the challenges and opportunities that have shaped one of the nation’s premier universities. Moderated by Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Alumni Officer Armin Afsahi, the conversation is sure to offer new insights—and surprises—about our campus.

Open to the public.

Founders Day Program

Founders Day Festival

Time: Noon–2 p.m.

Location: Town Square

Stroll the world’s fair featuring student entertainment, a food circus and activities from academic departments across campus showcasing how UC San Diego’s discoveries have had a global impact for more than five decades.

Open to the public.

Founders Day Festival


Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Time: 8 p.m.–midnight

Location: Town Square and Matthews Quad

Each year, as part of the annual Founders Celebration, AS Concerts and Events (ASCE) presents Hullabaloo, a student-only festival with live music, free food and games. The urban center of UC San Diego will be transformed with a dance stage located in Town Square, amusement rides in Matthews Quad, and carnival food and student organization booths throughout the venue.

Student ID required.

Founders Contest

Founders Contests

Enter for a chance to win a gift card to one of your favorite campus eateries!

Facebook Trivia Contest

Oct. 27–Nov. 14, 2014

Brush up on your UC San Diego knowledge!

Starting Oct. 27, trivia questions will be posted to the UC San Diego Life Facebook page. Follow us on Facebook and answer correctly in the comments for a chance to win one of 15 $25 gift cards to Home Plate, Porter’s Pub or Perks. See the official trivia contest rules for more information.

Hint: You can find the answers in the UC San Diego Timeline and Campus Profile!

Photo Contest

Nov. 13–14, 2014

Snap, share and win!

At this year’s Founders Celebration, snap a photo of yourself and your friends, tag it with #ucsdfounders and share on Instagram or Twitter to enter a drawing for one of seven $75 gift cards to Zanzibar at The Loft or the UC San Diego Bookstore. See the official photo contest rules for more information.

Make sure your photos are “public” through Nov. 21.

Academic Senate Faculty Research Lectures

Concurrent with Founders Celebration, the Academic Senate recognizes two faculty whose research has made a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge. Join us in honoring the 2014 awardees as they present a lecture topic of their choice.

John Wixted
Department of Psychology

Exonerating Eyewitness Memory in Wrongful Convictions of the Innocent

When: Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, 3–5 p.m.

Location: Faculty Club, Atkinson Pavilion

RSVP by Oct. 27 to

John Wixted

Kim Prather
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Scripps Institution of Oceanography

From Floods to Drought: How Aerosols Impact Our Climate

When: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, 3–5 p.m.

Location: Faculty Club, Atkinson Pavilion

RSVP by Nov. 5 to

Kim Prather

Honors: 2014 Medalists

Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla will honor several Triton visionaries with the Chancellor’s Medal and the Roger Revelle Medal at the annual by-invitation-only Founders Dinner on Nov. 15. We are truly grateful to these remarkable individuals who have made an impact with their time, talent and treasure.

Founders 2014 Medalists

Chancellor’s Medal Honorees

The Chancellor’s Medal is bestowed upon inspiring individuals whose long-standing contributions and involvement with UC San Diego have helped the campus and local communities grow and prosper. View past Chancellor’s Medal honorees.

Sue and Steve Hart

Sue and Steve Hart

Alumni Sue and Steve Hart have served UC San Diego as generous philanthropists, advisers to academic leadership and mentors to students. Sue is a member of the Undergraduate Scholarship Council and the UCSD Alumni awards committee. Steve serves on the Jacobs School of Engineering Dean’s Council of Advisors and the company he co-founded—ViaSat, Inc.—gave a $1 million gift to the UC San Diego Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. The Harts have also been leaders in establishing student scholarships and supporting the Clarion Writers Workshop, a unique forum for speculative literature.

T. Denny Sanford

T. Denny Sanford

T. Denny Sanford’s commitment to UC San Diego’s interdisciplinary innovation is accelerating research that will benefit people around the world. His founding gift to the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine enabled collaboration among UC San Diego’s scientists, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students, and colleagues at the Sanford-Burnham Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. It was followed by a $100 million gift—the second largest in the campus’s history—to establish the UC San Diego Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center. Sanford is also a devoted supporter of The Preuss School UCSD and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Revelle Medal Honorees

The Roger Revelle Medal recognizes current and former faculty members for their sustained, distinguished and extraordinary service to the campus. The award is named in honor of UC San Diego’s founder Roger Revelle. View past Revelle Medal Medal honorees.

Shu Chien

Shu Chien

National Medal of Sciences recipient Shu Chien is a world leader in the study of how blood flow and pressure affect blood vessels. He is one of only a handful of scholars who are members of all three U.S. national institutes: the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine. Chien played a crucial role in forming the Jacobs School of Engineering Department of Bioengineering, and as director of the UC San Diego Institute of Engineering and Medicine, he has strengthened collaborations between all departments of the Jacobs School, the School of Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

Peter Gourevitch

Peter Gourevitch

Regarded as one of the most highly respected political scientists in the world, Peter Gourevitch has revolutionized the study of international relations and comparative politics by conceptualizing how the international economy shapes domestic politics and vice versa. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received distinguished fellowships and numerous awards for his research. As founding dean of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, Gourevitch lifted UC San Diego to the top echelons of social science research and teaching. He also played a key role in establishing The Preuss School UCSD.

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