Year in Review

Robots and Rubik’s CubesMarch Madness and Middle Earth. Squid-inspired space blankets and Shakespeare on trial. In 2019, UCI had yet another remarkable run of scientific discoveries, creative splashes, medical breakthroughs and academic feats. The men’s basketball team won its first-ever game in the NCAA tournament. UCI’s stellar blend of educational excellence and accessibility dethroned Princeton University as the No. 1 campus on Money magazine’s list of “best colleges in America” and earned UCI top billing among public universities on Forbes’ “best value colleges” survey. In addition, the campus attracted more in-state freshman applications than any other California university, including the most from first-year Latino, Asian American, low-income and first-generation students. To build on that momentum, in October, UCI unveiled Brilliant Future, a $2 billion fundraising campaign and alumni engagement effort. Here’s a look at some 2019 highlights:

Campus seeks $2 billion for research, healthcare, scholarships, cultural endeavors

Anteaters shining brighter

Making a difference
Entertaining and informing
Hoops hoopla

Advancing the American dream

UCI helps students of all backgrounds climb the economic ladder

Featured stories:

Dyandra Magdaleno is awarded a certificate by Andrew Policano, former dean of the business school and founding faculty director of its Center for Investment and Wealth Management. This fall, Magdaleno will return to UCI as an incoming freshman. Photo: Xiaohan Liu

Transforming healthcare and wellness

University aims to revolutionize medical care and research

Accelerating world-changing research

UCI continues its tradition of trailblazing discoveries

Underwater sleuth – UCI researcher investigates threats to coral and other ocean life

AI masters Rubik’s Cube – Algorithm sets stage for robotic systems that can think and reason

Toddlers choose broccoli over cake if asked the right way – Study analyzes youngsters’ decision-making process

Antarctica losing six times more ice mass annually now than 40 years ago – Climate change-induced melting will raise global sea levels for decades to come

Exploring the human experience

Campus tackles vexing social issues and reimagines creativity

Featured stories:

Class goes on mission to explore artworks embedded in the environment. Photo: James Nisbet

Seen and heard

Video and podcast highlights from UCI News

Going viral

UCI social media’s greatest hits

Middle Earth Towers and Brandywine open

New towers add modern touch to student housing community inspired by Tolkien mythology

UCI is #1 College in US: Money Magazine

MONEY’s No. 1 college for 2019-2020 is the University of California – Irvine

In the news

Media coverage of Anteater achievements

UCI Basketball in the New York Times

The Best College Basketball Team in California Probably Isn’t the One You Think

Brilliant Future in the Orange County Register

$2 billion campaign kick-off marks ambitious course for UCI

Computer science research in the Washington Post

UCI study reveals how quickly can AI solve a Rubik’s Cube