When Breanna Downey dons a cap and gown and walks across the stage to collect her diploma at UCI's commencement, she will have come full circle. Downey has made the trip before – when she was a towheaded toddler and her mother graduated with the class of 1991.
In the past year, UC Irvine students, staff and faculty have stepped up in the face of continuing budget challenges and fee increases with innovation, drive and talent. The result? Research breakthroughs, national honors, global outreach, sports firsts – even a Guinness world record. Here are some top 2010 stories.