La Jolla News Nuggets: AI institute, Girl Scout Gold Awards, new jazz venture, fundraisers, more
UC San Diego-led AI institute secures $ 20 million grant
A new UC San Diego-led research institute has received $ 20 million from the National Science Foundation to pursue breakthroughs in artificial intelligence across a wide range of industries, such as cyberinfrastructure, healthcare, education, semiconductor design, agriculture and communication networks.
The grant announced on July 29 was part of $ 220 million NSF invested in 11 artificial intelligence research institutes across the country after a 10-month competition. Funding will be secured over the next five years.
The UCSD-based center is called The Institute for Learning-enabled Optimization at Scale, or
TILOS. His work will focus on how artificial intelligence can reduce costs, accelerate deployments, improve energy efficiency, and other benefits. – The Union-Tribune of San Diego
La Jolla Girl Scouts win gold medals
Meredith Hunter, Lauren Nitahara and Emerson Takata, all recent graduates of La Jolla High Schools, took home the Gold Award, the Girl Scouts’ highest achievement.
To receive a gold medal – won by just 5 percent of nationally eligible Girl Scouts – a Scout must demonstrate achievement in leadership, community service, career planning and personal development, by choosing a local or global problem to be solved through research, planning and execution.
Hunter, a 2020 graduate of Bishop’s School, made a documentary to inspire more girls to pursue computer science studies. The documentary is available on youtu.be/HIo-WantSaU.
Nitahara, who graduated in 2021 from La Jolla High School, aimed to help students aged 10 to 14 develop cultural tolerance and take a more positive view of cultural differences. She has developed 11 video workshops, each highlighting a different country through a cooking class, art projects and cultural anecdotes. The workshops are available on eatsieslajolla.com/online-kids-cooking.
Takata, a 2021 LJHS graduate, conducted comprehensive interviews with 15 older people from La Jolla to connect her generation with the older ones and remind families of the importance of being proud of their heritage. She has compiled the images into videos that her interviewees can share with their families and future generations.
For more information on Girl Scouting opportunities in La Jolla, email Elena Savignano at [email protected]
Athenaeum Jazz Coordinator Launches New Business With Two Outdoor Concerts
Athenaeum Music and Arts Library’s veteran jazz program coordinator Daniel Atkinson didn’t have to look far to find a venue for his new San Diego Jazz Ventures.
It debuts with outdoor concerts by bassist Ben Williams on August 21 and singer Gretchen Parlato on August 28 at The Alexandria at Torrey Pines, a few miles north of the Athenaeum in La Jolla.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a 16-month postponement of San Diego Jazz Ventures’ planned launch last year. The non-profit organization is designed to complement the ongoing jazz concert series at the Athenaeum, which Atkinson has guided since its inception in 1989. He is also the driving force behind the 25-year-old Athenaeum jazz series. at Scripps Research’s California Auditorium (formerly the Auditorium of the Institute of Neurosciences).
The Alexandria in Torrey Pines is at 10996 Torreyana Road, San Diego. Tickets for this month’s concerts cost $ 50 for general admission and $ 100 for front row seats with free tapas. Admission includes a free glass of wine for guests 21 and over. For more information visit sdjazzventures.org. – The Union-Tribune of San Diego
La Valencia will donate part of lime pie Shelter to Soldier sales
Hotel La Valencia located at 1132 Prospect St. in La Jolla will donate a portion of the sales of its new locally made lime pie to the non-profit Shelter to Soldier in San Diego.
Shelter to Soldier adopts dogs from local shelters and relief organizations and trains them to be psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and injuries associated with their service.
The seasonal pie, priced at $ 18, will be available for purchase at lunch and dinner. The pie and donation promotion will be available for an indefinite period.
American Cancer Society fundraiser planned for La Jolla Country Club
Professional golfer David Leadbetter will be present at the 18th annual San Diego Invitational on Monday, August 30 at La Jolla Country Club.
The event, co-chaired by George Young and Dr. Paul Murphy, raises money for the American Cancer Society to fund research.
Leadbetter offered to play alongside the highest bidding quartet.
During the event, Dr. Anne Truitt of Skin Surgery Medical Group Inc. will be offering free skin exams to those in attendance.
Local American Legion post to introduce the hike around La Jolla
La Jolla’s American Legion Post 275 will feature a 9 a.m. fundraising hike on Sunday, August 22, with a loop around La Jolla, starting and ending at Hennessey’s Tavern, 7811 Herschel Ave. Participants who purchase a $ 25 ticket receive a commemorative shirt.
The hike will raise funds for the local post, which has been in La Jolla since 1924, and will also serve as a celebration of Rotarian Max Gurney’s 100th birthday. At the end of the hike, District 22 and US Legion Station 275 will present Gurney with a Certificate of Appreciation for his service in WWII.
Learn more about lajollaamericanlegion.org.
A student from La Jolla high school named to the Student Leaders internship program
Ebony Crandle, 17, of La Jolla High School is one of four San Diego County students or graduates recently selected for Bank of America’s 2021 Student Leaders National Internship Program.
They will complete an eight-week internship at nonprofits in their community for $ 17 an hour and receive a Chromebook. Ebony is an intern at the San Diego County YMCA. She said she focused on promoting diversity in her school by discussing social justice topics in a blog she started last year, as well as volunteering with the ACLU . – The Union-Tribune of San Diego
Better Business Bureau offers essay scholarship competition
The Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest is presenting its Ethical Torch Essay Scholarship Competition for incoming and current high school students and will award up to $ 5,000 in scholarships to the winners.
Students must submit an essay of no more than 400 words on the topic “The Importance of Ethics and Integrity in the Community”. There is no registration fee and the submission deadline is Sunday August 29th.
Five scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $ 500, $ 750, $ 1,000, $ 1,250 and $ 1,500 to help students pay for tuition and other expenses. The winners will be recognized at the annual Torch Awards for Ethics celebration on Wednesday, September 15.
Applications are accepted at torchessay.bbbcommunity.org. To request a paper request or for more details, send an email [email protected]
La Jollan Joins UC San Diego Foundation Board of Directors
La Jolla resident Sheri Jamieson is one of nine new trustees who recently joined the UC San Diego Foundation board, which works to connect the university with community partners and resources to launch programs.
Jamieson, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from UCSD in 1973, served on the board of directors of La Jolla Playhouse for 15 years and founded and chaired the board of the university’s art gallery and established the Dean of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board in 1995. She was an early board member of the Moores Cancer Center at UCSD Health and one of its founding donors.
– The staff at La Jolla Light wrote this report. ◆