UCSD Alumni

 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Arrival 7 P.M. | Program 7:30 P.M. | Reception 8:15 P.M.
  Fathom Gallery
1333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
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Free for Alumni & Members of the UC San Diego Community


We’re excited to visit our nation’s capital and host UC San Diego & You in the Fathom Gallery, a historic property located in the heart of DC’s Logan Circle neighborhood. Hear from Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla about the state of the campus, followed by UC San Diego's finest faculty. Join fellow Tritons for this special opportunity – we promise an evening of inspiration and connections.

Join UC San Diego alumni and friends to discover how your university continues to shine, at home and abroad.

Space is limited. Reserve your seat today.



 
Henrik Christensen is the director of UC San Diego’s Contextual Robotics Institute and also a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. A leader in the setting of national policy in the field of robotics, he has testified before Congress on the subject. He is the head of a nationwide effort to draft a robotics roadmap for the future and explore the field’s potential to transform U.S. society via new markets and industries; create new jobs; and address issues of national importance.

He served as the founding chairman of the European Robotics Research Network – now a community of more than 230 research groups in academia and industry. Dr. Christensen's own research covers computer vision, artificial intelligence and robotics, and his primary emphasis has been on a systems-oriented approach to machine perception, robotics and design of intelligent machines. He has worked with a number of industry partners, including Boeing, KUKA, iRobot, BMW and Apple.
 
Gentry Patrick is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Section of Neurobiology, where he studies synapses (the physical point of contact between two neurons) in the mammalian central nervous system. Specifically, he is interested in the molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity (the modification of synapses in response to neuronal activity) and how it contributes to learning and memory. His work is additionally concerned with identifying how altered neuronal function contributes to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s.

He has been a champion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) diversity initiatives both at UC San Diego and in the local community. He was recently appointed as Director of Mentorship and Diversity for the Division of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego. In 2015, Dr. Patrick received the University of California Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership in Presidential Initiatives, bestowed by President Janet Napolitano, for his creation of the UC San Diego/Howard University Partnership for Graduate Success.
 
Anita Raj is a Professor of Medicine and Global Public Health and the Founding Director of the Center on Gender Equity and Health. Trained as a developmental psychologist, Dr. Raj has expertise in social and behavioral theories and intervention development, implementation science, evaluation and measures development. Her focal areas of interest include sexual and reproductive health, gender based violence and inequities such as girl child marriage, and adolescent maternal health, as well as substance abuse and HIV.

Dr. Raj has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on more than 40 federal, foundation and multilateral (e.g., UNICEF) grants conducting research in South Asia, the United States, Russia, and sub-Saharan Africa; more than 150 peer-reviewed publications have been produced as a result of this research. Her publications include papers in such prestigious journals as the Lancet and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and her research has been featured in media outlets across the Nation.

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