UCSD Alumni

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Arrival 7 P.M. | Program 7:30 P.M. | Reception 8:15 P.M.
  The Gander
  15 W 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
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Free for Alumni & Members of the UC San Diego Community

We’re excited to visit the Big Apple and host UC San Diego & You at The Gander restaurant, a historic property located in the heart of the Flatiron District, near Union Square and Madison Square Park. 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.

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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.
Steffanie Strathdee is the Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Harold Simon Professor and Chief of the Division of Global Public Health in the Department of Medicine. An infectious disease epidemiologist, Dr. Strathdee has spent the last two decades focusing on HIV prevention for underserved, marginalized populations in developed and developing countries.

Currently, she is engaged in a number of HIV/STI prevention projects in international settings including Mexico, India, Canada and Afghanistan. Dr. Strathdee leads three NIH-funded studies of HIV risk behaviors among drug users and sex workers on the Mexico-US border, one of which is funded through 2020 by a MERIT award granted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She directs a Fogarty-funded AIDS Training Program between academic institutions in San Diego and Tijuana, as well as the UC San Diego Global Health Institute.
An Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Mike Tolley’s research focuses on borrowing ideas from nature to inspire engineered systems with new capabilities, such as resilience, self-organization and self-healing. He has developed origami-inspired print-and-fold methods for the fabrication of electromechanical machines, such as robotic crawlers and grippers.

He is also interested in soft robotics inspired by invertebrates such as cephalopods. Dr. Tolley has developed untethered soft robots with integrated power and control systems that can walk or even jump without rigid structural components. Additionally, he has worked on fluidic assembly for programmable matter – a substance that can be programmed to change its physical properties. These bioinspired approaches to advanced manufacturing and robotic design aim to open up new possibilities for rapid prototyping, space exploration, sustainable technology and medical devices.


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