Three UC Irvine professors – Mahtab Jafari, Maria Feng and Linda Vo – were tabbed as “Women to Watch” by OC Metro. The list of “20 Women to Watch,” published March 13, recognizes Orange County women making a difference. Jafari (pictured), assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, is researching how an herbal extract can extend the life of fruit flies. Feng, professor of civil and environmental engineering, is working with the U.S. Army to improve body armor. Vo, associate professor of Asian American studies, works to educate and mobilize the Asian American community in Orange County.