Month: December 2013

Chancellor's Professor Frank LaFerla named new dean of biological sciences

He was the first to engineer mice that develop the cerebral plaques and tangles that characterize Alzheimer’s, providing researchers with a crucial “living laboratory” of the disease.

UC Irvine opposes proposed boycott of Israeli academic institutions

Irvine, Calif., Dec. 23, 2013 – UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake and Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Howard Gillman have issued a statement regarding a proposed boycott of Israeli academic institutions: “Members of the American Studies Association recently approved a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli higher-education institutions. This action spurred debate within the […]

Nutrition influences metabolism through circadian rhythms, UCI study finds

A high-fat diet affects the molecular mechanism controlling the internal body clock that regulates metabolic functions in the liver, UC Irvine scientists have found. Disruption of these circadian rhythms may contribute to metabolic distress ailments, such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.

Rignot selected as AGU fellow

UC Irvine Earth system scientist Eric Rignot has been named a 2013 fellow of the prestigious American Geophysical Union. “To be elected an AGU fellow is a special tribute for those who have made exceptional scientific contributions,” says the organization. The designation is conferred upon not more than 0.1 percent of all AGU members each […]

Famiglietti honored with lectureship by Groundwater Resources Association

UC Irvine Professor Jay Famiglietti, director of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling, has been awarded the 2014 David Keith Todd Distinguished Lectureship by the Groundwater Resources Association. “This is a great surprise and a wonderful honor,” said Famiglietti.  “I will work hard to meet the high standards for communicating California water issues set by previous […]

USC/UCI study finds dramatic drop in driving after Expo Line stations open

Los Angeles residents who live near an Exposition Light Rail station dramatically reduced the number of miles they drove and tripled their rail ridership after the opening of the rail line last year, according to a new study co-authored by Doug Houston, UC Irvine assistant professor of planning, policy & design.

Robert Gomez

Giving (back) as good as he got

First-generation alumnus now works at U.S. Department of Education helping others like him

Rachel Martin

Venus flytraps, venom and vision

Rachel Martin’s offbeat interests have led to a potentially eyesight-saving discovery

Therapists, psychology researchers still split on repression of traumatic memories, study shows

Skepticism about repressed traumatic memories has increased over time, but a new study by UC Irvine scientists shows that psychology researchers and practitioners are still divided over their validity.

Highlights of 2013 at UCI

Year brings scientific advances, national accolades, international outreach, student achievement … and zombies