Gifts & Grants

UCI heads $8 million NSF-funded project to develop brain-computer interface

Implantable technology to restore sensation and walking in spinal cord injury patients

UCI part of NSF-funded study of big data ethics

From mobile phone applications to website search engines, wearable technology to social platforms, consumer data has become highly obtainable and trackable. The result is an ethically questionable free-for-all in research and marketing, but consumers aren’t the only ones concerned about how their personal information is being collected and utilized. UCI is one of six institutions […]

NSF grant will support effort to strengthen STEM-education pathways for Latino students

UCI has received $100,000 from the National Science Foundation to fund a conference on strengthening pathways for Latino students in science, technology, engineering and math. The award comes shortly after the university’s designation as a Hispanic-serving institution by the U.S. Department of Education. As an HSI, it’s eligible for funding and grants to help support […]

Hosun Kang is named 2017-18 Hellman Fellow, will conduct research on curriculum design

Hosun Kang, assistant professor of education, has been selected as a 2017-18 Hellman Fellow. Her project explores whether and how a collaborative approach to curriculum design can promote children’s analytical and problem-solving abilities. She will conduct a summer STEM workshop involving science teachers, science teacher educators and scientists, who will develop two curricula – one […]

Family’s collection of nearly 600 books is donated to UCI’s Armenian Studies Program

Community member Elma Hovanessian has donated nearly 600 books to UCI in honor of her late husband, Seboo Hovanessian, and to support the campus’s Armenian Studies Program. The Armenian-language and Armenian-related English collection spans a range of topics – from art and architecture to history, literature, theater, music and philosophy – and will be housed in Langson […]

Education professor receives $1.4 million grant to develop elementary school e-books

Chancellor’s Professor Carol Connor has been awarded a $1.4 million, four-year grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to develop and test a series of digital books that embed strategies to improve reading ability for students in grades 3 to 5. The project involves designing and evaluating e-books that will help children gain a deeper […]

Mixed reality game creators sign first-ever UCI Founders’ Pledge

James Vigil, professor emeritus of criminology, law & society at UCI, signed the first-ever UCI Founders’ Pledge in June 2017 for Aztlán, a mixed reality game he is creating with business partner Sergio C. Muñoz. The UCI Founders’ Pledge gives students, alumni, faculty and staff an opportunity to include philanthropy in their startup ventures. Pledge […]

Assistant professor of gender & sexuality studies awarded 2017-18 Hellman Fellowship

Emily Thuma, assistant professor of gender & sexuality studies in the School of Humanities, has been awarded a Hellman Fellowship for 2017-18 to support the completion of her book manuscript. The working title is No More Cages: Gendered Violence, Feminist Mobilization & the U.S. Carceral State. “The book traces the intertwined histories of feminist political […]

Assistant professor is named 2017 Pew scholar

Robert Spitale, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, is among 22 individuals nationwide named 2017 Pew scholars in the biomedical sciences, one of the highest honors for early-career researchers. Spitale will receive $240,000 over the next four years from the Pew Charitable Trusts to develop powerful new tools for visualizing the production, localization and structure of […]

Assistant professor of sociology wins Hellman Fellowship to complete book

Sabrina Strings, assistant professor of sociology, has received a 2017-18 Hellman Fellowship to complete her book, Thin, White & Saved: Fat Stigma and the Fear of the Big Black Body, a historiography of fat-phobia in the West. “My research examines the historical development of fat stigma in the United States and its potential contribution to […]