Month: June 2015

Syed Ali Jafar

UCI’s Syed Ali Jafar wins $250,000 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists

Syed Ali Jafar, a UC Irvine computer scientist who has changed the world’s understanding of the capacity of wireless networks, has won the 2015 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in physical sciences & engineering. One of three winners chosen from among 300 candidates from highly ranked American universities and research institutions, Jafar will receive a $250,000 unrestricted cash prize and a medal in September at New York’s Museum of Natural History.

Mia Maltz

A focus on fungi

UCI doctoral candidate seeks to maximize the health of native plants in restored environments

Susan Samueli receives an award at the UC Irvine Health Heroes Gala

Community celebrates health heroes with record $1.75 million in support

More than 500 community and business leaders came together to honor wellness advocate Susan Samueli and other health heroes of the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at the UC Irvine Health Heroes Gala held June 6 at the Disneyland Hotel.

Men's volleyball head coach David Kniffin

UCI men’s volleyball head coach, 3 players to have big roles at World University Games in South Korea

Men’s volleyball head coach David Kniffin will lead the U.S. men’s team at the World University Games on July 4-12 in Gwangju, South Korea, and he’ll be joined on the team by current Anteaters Jason Agopian, Kyle Russell and Michael Saeta.

UCI’s Donald Blake wins state’s top air quality award

UCI atmospheric chemist Donald Blake has won California’s elite Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award for his seminal pollution research.

Valerie Jenness, dean of UCI’s School of Social Ecology

‘How the law works for law breakers’

Book co-authored by social ecology dean sheds light on the inmate grievance process in California

George Farkas

Minority children underrepresented in special ed, UCI-Penn State study concludes

Contrary to popular belief, minority children are not overrepresented in special education classrooms and are actually less likely to be diagnosed with and treated for disabilities than white children with similar academic achievements, behaviors and economic resources, according to new research co-authored by George Farkas, professor of education at UC Irvine.

Books on the beach

Guilt-free beach reading

Book lovers can look to UCI authors for summer fare that exercises the mind while the body relaxes

Mellon Foundation grants $2.7 million to School of Humanities graduate programs

UCI is first public institution to pair shorter degree time with postdoctoral positions

Study leader Dr. Steven Potkin

UCI-led study demonstrates how Huntington’s disease proteins spread from cell to cell

By identifying in spinal fluid how the characteristic mutant proteins of Huntington’s disease spread from cell to cell, UC Irvine scientists and colleagues have created a new method to quickly and accurately track the presence and proliferation of these neuron-damaging compounds – a discovery that may accelerate the development of new drugs to treat this incurable disease.