Editor’s note:To mark UCSD’s 50th anniversary, the Light is asking people for their thoughts on how the university has affected La Jolla. Today, we hear from UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox.UC San Diego and members of our campus family have become an ingrained part of the La Jolla community and vice versa. The university has attracted brilliant scholars and students from around the world who’ve helped to create our local high-tech and biotech cluster. Our cutting-edge research has led to new discoveries and innovation that has saved and improved lives, here in La Jolla and globally, including providing translational medicine and advanced patient care at our two medical centers. In only 50 years, we’ve become a world-class research university and the county’s third largest employer. We create jobs and leaders, and inject billions into the local and state economies.
Just as we’ve become a part of La Jolla’s culture, we’ve also introduced our own. UC San Diego is home to the Birch Aquarium, La Jolla Playhouse, Conrad Prebys Music Center, Geisel Library, Price Center and Stuart Art Collection, among other cultural venues and resources. I like to think we’ve become La Jolla’s jewel.