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Ken Janda named to second 5-year term as dean

Kenneth C. Janda has been appointed to a second five-year term as dean of the UCI School of Physical Sciences, effective July 1. The announcement came from Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Enrique Lavernia. During the last five years, the school has continued to climb in rankings and attract outstanding new faculty and graduate students, and […]

Walk this way: New pedestrian bridge to connect campus community

The walkway that will connect Mesa Court housing to the UCI Student Center is more than just a bridge. It’s a way to maintain a cohesive campus environment, increase pedestrian safety and provide better access from dorms to the Student Center for mobility-impaired students, said Wendell Brase, vice chancellor for administrative & business services. “It’s […]

UCI chemists help find way to recycle plastic waste into fuel

Millions of tons of plastic bottles, bags and other trash littering the oceans and clogging landfills could be turned into reusable fuel, thanks to research by the University of California, Irvine and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry. UCI chemist Zhibin Guan is among those who have figured out how to dissolve the strong bonds of polyethylene […]

UCI’s ‘Fifty for 50’ community engagement challenge wins award

University of California, Irvine was recognized Thursday, June 9, for innovative programming at the Association of California Cities – Orange County’s 5th Annual Golden Hub of Innovation Awards. In the public engagement category, the campus received kudos for its “Fifty for 50 Campus Challenge: A Celebration of Community Engagement at UCI.” It established a campuswide […]

UCI and Kia Motors study electric vehicles, power grids

Kia Motors of America is providing six electric cars to University of California, Irvine’s Advanced Power and Energy Program as part of an initiative to study the role of auto batteries in advanced electrical grids. “The rapidly evolving coupling of vehicles and the electric grid requires planning based on informed decisions supported by the market-based, systems analyses […]

Kathleen Treseder named a fellow of leading US ecological society

Kathleen Treseder, professor of ecology & evolutionary biology, has been elected a fellow of the Ecological Society of America in 2016 in recognition of advancing the science of ecology. Specifically, the ESA cited her leadership in evaluating and communicating the importance of fungi in ecosystems, including in mediating ecosystem responses to global climate change. “This […]

Developmental biologist Maksim Plikus named 2016 Pew Scholar

Maksim Plikus, assistant professor of developmental & cell biology, is among the exceptional early-career scientists named a 2016 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. For more than 30 years, the Pew Charitable Trusts have supported outstanding biomedical researchers at the start of their careers, and this year’s class of 22 scholars is drawn from prestigious institutes […]

Two UCI professors win prestigious Berlin Prize

Two UCI professors are among the 23 scholars, writers and artists chosen as recipients of the 2016-17 Berlin Prize, a residential fellowship for independent study in the city. Selected by an independent committee of the American Academy in Berlin were Daniel J. Martinez,  Claire Trevor Professor of Art, and Jane O. Newman, professor of comparative […]

UCI’s Katrine Whiteson attends White House event on microbiome research

UCI biologist Katrine Whiteson joined other U.S. scientists Friday, May 13, at an event hosted by the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy to announce a new National Microbiome Initiative that will foster integrated study of microbiomes across different ecosystems. Microbiomes are the communities of microorganisms that live on or in people, plants, soil, oceans and the […]

Medical students honored for hosting LGBT conference

A team of UCI medical students led by sophomore Soe Thein has received the 2016 LGBT Health Achievement Award from the American Medical Student Association. The group, which also included students from UCLA and USC, was honored for hosting the Southern California LGBT Health Conference, which was held Feb. 20 in UCI’s Medical Education Building. […]