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1. UC San Diego Celebrates ‘Science Nonfiction’ at Comic-Con

For the first time, the horde of 100,000+ attendees at San Diego Comic-Con can count a local university among its ranks. UC San Diego’s presence will be seen on MTS trolleys, outdoor boards — even street teams wearing sandwich-boards and aluminum-foil-hats.

2. High School Students Get a Taste of Studying Computer Science at UC San Diego

Over 200 high school students have moved into dorms at UC San Diego for the 2017 California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS), a four-week program focused on advanced tech skills including programming and robotics.

3. UC San Diego Admits Diverse Class of 39,802 New Students for Fall 2017 Term

The University of California San Diego has admitted 30,207 freshman and 9,595 transfer students for the fall 2017 term. Of the 39,802 new students, the university anticipates enrolling a diverse class of approximately 5,400 freshmen and 2,400 transfers. UC San Diego continues to increase its number of students from historically underrepresented groups.

4. The Dalai Lama to UC San Diego Students: Young People are the Future of Humanity

“You have the opportunity to create a better world, a happier world,” said His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, who delivered the keynote address to 25,000 University of California San Diego graduates and their families June 17 at the university’s All Campus Commencement. His message to graduates centered on the power of compassion, the importance of emotional knowledge and the responsibility that younger generations have to make the world a better place.

5. Solar Fuels Conference Comes to Campus

More than 300 researchers from around the world will travel to UC San Diego next month for an international meeting designed to showcase new biological and chemical approaches to utilizing solar energy for direct fuel production.

6. Community Eager for UC San Diego Events Featuring the Dalai Lama

Last October, leadership at the University of California, San Diego—thrilled that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama had accepted the campus’ invitation to be the keynote speaker at the 2017 commencement—were told by the Friends of the Dalai Lama Foundation that “all of this is bigger than anyone can imagine.” This is big: the Dalai Lama is one of the most recognized and respected individuals in the world.

7. And the Award Goes To ...

UC San Diego takes the stage in many programs—its Department of Theatre and Dance easily commanding the spotlight. Proof positive are three recent Tony Award nominations earned by alumni Michael Greif (MFA directing, ’85), nominated for Best Direction of a Musical, “Dear Evan Hansen;” Jefferson Mays (MFA acting, ’91), nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Play, “Oslo;” and Paloma Young (MFA, costume design, ’06), nominated for Best Costume Design of a Musical, “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812.”

8. UC San Diego’s Connections with the Dalai Lama Run Deep

During his June 2017 visit to the University of California San Diego, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will share messages of global compassion, with an emphasis on education, scientific inquiry and global responsibility––all values that deeply align with UC San Diego’s academic mission.

9. Indiana Jones Meets the Sea

Hidden coastlines around the world contain clues about ancient civilizations. The mysteries locked in these coastal sites where human activity once flourished are now submerged under rising seas. A trove of cultural artifacts and environmental data are waiting to be discovered.

10. All Campus Commencement Student Speaker Ricky Flahive Honors Common Bond of Setbacks and Success

Everyone has a story to tell. Struggles and triumphs, setbacks and sweeping successes. It is human experience that motivates this year’s UC San Diego All Campus Commencement student speaker, Richard “Ricky” Flahive, a peer mentor and aspiring community leader whose own narrative is one of happy persistence despite countless hurdles. As a first-generation, low-income student who wasn’t sure he would even graduate high school, Flahive had to restart multiple times to defy the odds.