Sandra Ann Brown, professor of psychology and psychiatry, assumed the post of vice chancellor for Research at UCSD on Dec. 8, following approval by the University of California’s Board of Regents.
She replaces Arthur B. Ellis, who accepted the position of provost at the City University of Hong Kong in September.
During her more than 20 years at UCSD, Brown has managed academic appointments in two departments: Psychology on the general campus, and Psychiatry in the School of Medicine. She has also simultaneously directed the development of clinical, education and research activities as chief of psychology at the Veterans Affair Health Services System in San Diego.
The Office of Research Affairs at UC San Diego fosters research across disciplines. It is charged with creating opportunities, enhancing the research experience, developing tools and training to improve research administration, and supporting and promoting university innovations to benefit the region, the state, the nation, and the world.
The office collaborates with or oversees the campus Organized Research Units, Animal Care, Animal Welfare, Contracts and Grants, Research Ethics, Government Research Relations, University-Industry Relations, Conflict of Interest, Stem Cell Research, Technology Transfer Office, Postdoctoral Scholars, and Visiting Scholars programs.
Total UCSD research funding for the fiscal year which ended on June 30 was more than $1,043,000,000. That number included $160 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding the university was awarded over the same period.