La Jolla News Nuggets: Village merchant council, UCSD chemist, UCSD hits $3 billion, more


New members join the Village Merchants Association Board of Directors

The Jolla Village Merchants Association swore in three new board members and elected two more at its June 8 meeting at the La Jolla/Riford Library.

Hallie Swenson of Will & Fotsch Architects, community volunteer Bill Podway and Havaianas flip-flop store owner Brandon Lindley, who were elected at the May meeting, were sworn in as members of the LJVMA Board of Directors, then their seat among the other administrators.

Lindley was later elected chairman of the group’s marketing committee.

The board then filled two vacancies mid-year. Three people nominated themselves for the seats: Vahid Moradi of CW Jewelers, Chad Taggart of Lobster West and Tamar Goldman-Sachs of the Cormorant Hotel.

Lobster West recently opened in La Jolla, but Taggart said he’s operated other locations at the facility for nine years and has “connected with [those] communities, and that’s what I really hope to bring to the La Jolla forum as well.

Goldman-Sachs, director of digital marketing strategy for the Cormorant and its restaurant, Bird’s Eye, said that since the Cormorant also just opened, she would like to join LJVMA “to get to know the community. … We are interested in doing whatever we can to improve La Jolla.

Moradi did not attend the meeting or provide a candidate statement.

Motions to add Taggart and Goldman-Sachs to the LJVMA’s board of directors were unanimously approved.

Taggart and Goldman-Sachs will be sworn in at the July 13 meeting and will be eligible to run for their seats in October for a regular two-year term.

UCSD chemist appointed to American Philosophical Society

UC San Diego atmospheric scientist Kim Prather has been elected to the American Philosophical Society.

(KC Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

UC San Diego atmospheric chemist Kim Prather has been elected a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society, a group that Benjamin Franklin and other luminaries founded in 1743 to promote the study of science and the humanities.

Over the years, its members have included Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Louis Pasteur and Thomas Edison.

Prather said his election came “out of the blue” and is “truly humbling”.

The selection comes two years after Prather was elected to the elite National Academy of Sciences, founded under the Lincoln administration to advise the country on science and technology.

Over the past decade, Prather has received more than $40 million in grants to study Earth’s climate change. It has a strong focus on examining how spray from breaking waves affects cloud formation and behavior, which in turn controls the amount of sunlight that reaches the surface. — The San Diego Union Tribune

UCSD hits $3 billion in fundraising campaign

UC San Diego this month became the youngest university in the nation to hit a multibillion-dollar campaign goal.

In a 10-year fundraising campaign that ends on June 30, it surpassed its original fundraising goal of $2 billion by $1 billion, raising a total of $3 billion. More than 163,000 individuals, foundations and corporations supported UC San Diego with donations and grants of all sizes during the campaign.

“When we launched the campaign for UC San Diego ten years ago, we knew we had a solid, comprehensive strategic plan and a unique roster of world-class talent working on cutting-edge research that would generate investments of a billion dollars,” the Chancellor said. Pradeep Khosla. “As the campaign gained momentum, new opportunities opened up, creating a chain reaction of enthusiasm that resulted in remarkable transformation for our students, our patients, our community and our world.”

One of the main priorities of the campaign is to support undergraduate and graduate students. The campus has raised $375 million for student support and created more than 300 new scholarship funds, including 157 that are endowed and will remain in perpetuity. In addition, more than 180 new funds were created for graduate scholarships, including 64 endowed scholarships.

Founding UCSD faculty member dies at 93

Leonard Newmark, one of UC San Diego’s last founding faculty members, died May 2 of COVID-19 after years of challenges with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. He was 93 years old.

A child prodigy, Newmark was born in rural Indiana to immigrant parents and went to the University of Chicago at 15 and graduated at 18. He studied linguistics as a graduate student at Indiana University and joined the faculty at Ohio State University in 1954.

His passions included chess and word games.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to provide international scholarships for graduate students at UCSD. Donations can be mailed to UC San Diego Gift Processing, 9500 Gilman Drive, No. 0940, La Jolla, CA 92093. Checks should be made payable to UC San Diego Foundation, noting Professor Leonard Newmark , Fund 7176, in the memo line. Donations are also accepted online at give

La Jolla-based Philanthropy Chapter graduates 15 girls

The Seaside National Charity League Class of 2022

The Seaside National Charity League Class of 2022, left to right: Katie Lemmon, Tabrezia Zubrod, Ava Rodgers, Reece Neels, Maddie Johnson, Marissa Bruce, Mirabella Nichols, Amber Watt, Selma Hyytinen, Sophine Kevorkian, Saige Craig, Emily Fisher , Katherine Woodward and Flavia Valente. Not pictured: Roxy Hazu.

(Charie Juaneza)

Fifteen girls from the La Jolla-based National Charity League Seaside Chapter have graduated from high school and are leaving the philanthropic organization after six years.

The girls have completed more than 1,800 hours of service and philanthropy since entering seventh grade, following NCL’s 96-year-old model of fostering stronger mother-daughter connection through community service.

The girls have also held leadership positions in the Seaside NCL chapter.

The Seaside Class of 2022 has undertaken projects with San Diego organizations including I Love a Clean San Diego, Project Linus, Miracle Babies and Father Joe’s Villages.

Kiwanis Club of La Jolla Receives Funding from New York Life

La Jolla Kiwanis Club President Craig Gagliardi (center) receives a check from New York Life.

Kiwanis Club of La Jolla President Craig Gagliardi (center) receives a check from New York Life, represented by Alex Pissi, Daryll Coleman, Cathy Zvetina and Megan Schipper (left to right).

(Courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla)

The Kiwanis Club of La Jolla received a check for $846 from New York Life at its June 10 meeting.

The funds come from New York Life’s Volunteers for Good Foundation and represent New York Life employee volunteer hours at the La Jolla Half Marathon Kiwanis Club in April.

Sally Ride Statue Goes to New York Museum

The Cradle of Aviation Museum in New York will soon host a memorial sculpture honoring the late astronaut and La Jolla resident, Sally Ride.

The 7-foot-tall gold and bronze sculpture, titled “America’s First Woman in Space,” depicts Ride in her space shuttle flight suit, according to the museum.

The grand opening is scheduled for Friday, June 17.

In 1983, Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the Challenger shuttle. Two years after retiring from NASA in 1987, Ride joined the faculty at UC San Diego in La Jolla as a professor of physics and became director of the California Space Institute. She then created Sally Ride Science under UCSD Extension with her life partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, and colleagues Karen Flammer, Terry McEntee, and Alann Lopes.

Earlier this month, a portion of State Route 101 in the western San Fernando Valley was dedicated in his name.

– Compiled by the staff of La Jolla Light


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