Barack Obama swept into the presidency on a platform of change, one that includes a number of scientific policy and research issues. As a major research university, UC Irvine is deeply involved in some of these key areas - stem cells, global warming and alternative energy, to name a few. Research vice chancellor Susan Bryant discusses how changes made in Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, especially during the current economic crisis, will impact research efforts at UCI.
The year has been exciting and rewarding for UC Irvine - from promising new research collaborations to impactful breakthroughs, dedicated outreach projects, diverse cultural activities, continued campus growth and athletic success.
Parking & Transportation Services at UC Irvine has earned the state's most prestigious environmental honor - a 2008 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award - for its efforts promoting green commuting and public transportation.
In 2007, UC Irvine student leaders from Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Druze and unaffiliated backgrounds set a goal to take a fact-finding trip to Israel and Palestine to better understand the nature of ongoing conflicts in the region.
Wendell Brase is already leaving his reduced-carbon footprint on the state: UC Irvine's vice chancellor for administrative & business services has made his mark at UCI with green buildings, waste recycling, solar energy and more. And now, Katherine Lapp, executive vice president of the University of California, has asked Brase to chair the Climate Solutions Steering Group, which will focus on implementing carbon-neutral technology and solutions on UC campuses.