“Ten years after graduating from UC San Diego, I set out to hike the northern part of the Muir Trail in the spirit of my college’s namesake. Though I had zero through-hiking experience before stepping foot on the trail, I had the utmost of inspiration.”

Sheldon “Shelly” Schultz, one of the founding members of the physics faculty at UC San Diego, who received world-wide acclaim for his contributions to the discovery of “metamaterials,” died on January 31 at his home in La Jolla, CA. He was 84.

In December, the university announced its plans to build an Innovative Cultural and Education Hub in downtown San Diego at the corner of Park Avenue and Market Street. The new center will connect a wide range of campus programs to the downtown innovation community and more closely link diverse neighborhoods throughout San Diego’s urban core.

UC San Diego is one step closer to the reclassification as a non-football NCAA Division I university. The campus’s Academic Senate recently announced by vote of its membership that it has endorsed moving forward to Division I.