Lectures explore LJ’s scientific roots
A lecture series focusing on three local institutions that are internationally known and driving factors in the San Diego economy kicks off Jan. 20 with a look at the “The beginnings of the University of California La Jolla.”
The La Jolla Historical Society is presenting the three programs on “The Emergence of Pioneering Scientific Institutions in La Jolla”, said Connie Branscomb, who is organizing the event. Tickets are in short supply, she added.
The first presentation will be a look at the beginnings of UCSD through the eyes of former Chancellor Richard Atkinson, Ph.D. and Jonathan Singer, Ph.D., one of the first faculty members in the university’s biology department.
“Of course, Roger Revelle would have been my first choice to ask,” Branscomb said of the late university’s founder. Another would have been Herb York, the first chancellor, who has had health issues of late, she noted.
Atkinson was “a good buddy of Roger’s and has good stories to tell,” she added.
Because the grants for the series from the Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation require a connection with the research sciences, Branscomb said selecting UCSD, the Salk Institute and The Scripps Research Institute as lecture topics was an obvious choice.
In picking speakers, she looked for people who have been here for a long time, she said, who could talk about the birth and development of the institutions.
On Feb. 17, the program will focus on the Salk and will feature Suzanne Bourgeous, Ph.D., a scientist and historian at the institute, and Walter Eckhart, Ph.D., a professor of molecular and cell biology.
The March 17 program will look at the Scripps Research Institute’s growth from its days as the Metabolic Clinic to its status as the largest private research institute in the U.S. Speakers are Charles Cochrane, M.D., professor emeritus in SRI’s immunology department, and Michael B.A. Oldstone, M.D., a professor in the department of immunology and microbial science.
Programs will be presented at 7 p.m. in St. James Hall, 7776 Eads Ave., in La Jolla. Reservations are required. Admission is free for historical society members; cost for non-members is $15 per lecture or $40 for the series.
For information, call Branscomb at (858) 454-6871 or for reservations e-mail
If you go
- The Emergence of Pioneering Scientific Institutions
- When: 7 p.m. on Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17
- Where: St. James Hall, 7776 Eads Ave., La Jolla
- Cost: $15 per lecture; $40 for all