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2019
Year in Review

Robots and Rubik’s Cubes. March 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:

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

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

Going viral
UCI social media’s greatest hits
New towers add modern touch to student housing community inspired by Tolkien mythology
MONEY’s No. 1 college for 2019-2020 is the University of California – Irvine
In the news
Media coverage of Anteater achievements
The Best College Basketball Team in California Probably Isn’t the One You Think
$2 billion campaign kick-off marks ambitious course for UCI
UCI study reveals how quickly can AI solve a Rubik’s Cube