Briefs: Chancellor’s Medal, New Downtown Bike Loop

uc_color_logoNobel Laureate Receives UCSD Chancellor’s Medal: UCSD professor Mario Molina received the Chancellor’s Medal for his work in climate change science at the Seaside Forum at Scripps Institution of Oceanography on May 12. Guidelines for the UCSD Chancellor’s Medal mandate that there may only be three recipients yearly, and the award can be received by a couple as a single recipient. Since it was established in 2000, the award has only been presented 10 times. UCSD Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla recognized Molina for his award at a dinner ceremony, honoring him as a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry. “You have changed the world,” Khosla said. “… for us, our children and our grandchildren.” Molina won a Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1995 alongside F. Sherwood Rowland and Scripps Oceanography Professor Emeritus Paul Crutzen for proving that the use of chlorofluorocarbons in sprays is harmful to the Earth’s ozone layer.

City of San Diego Will Construct New Bike Loop Downtown: The City of San Diego announced a new seven-mile bike loop that would connect destinations from Balboa Park to the Gaslamp Quarter, as well adding additional bike lanes in Bankers Hill. The loop will be completed by mid-June and City of San Diego Deputy Director of Transportation Engineering Operations Linda Marabian told UT-San Diego that the project would cost $70,000 in labor and material. Officials emphasized that the bike route is for all San Diego residents and that the bike loop will be completed in alignment with an upcoming bike-sharing program between the City of San Diego and DECOBIKE, a local bike-sharing provider.