Magazine

Michael Prather

Balancing the planet

Last spring, UC Irvine launched a new institute that will bring together scientists to identify new research needed for an improved understanding of society’s response to a changing climate and for environmental science to better respond to societal needs. Topics to be tackled by the UC Irvine Environment Institute: Global Change, Energy and Sustainable Resources […]

Michael Martin

Mission to Mars

As the rovers Spirit and Opportunity troll Mars for the sixth year, beaming images to Earth of a rock-strewn terrain, UCI alumnus Michael Martin wanders the lush vineyards near his home in Mendocino, Calif., some 30 million miles away. Now semiretired, he works at a local winery, pouring pinots for visitors who have no idea […]

Renowned molecular biologist Masayasu Nomura

Wise scientist

When he was in his 50s, renowned molecular biologist Masayasu Nomura wrote a poem for a friend’s 65th birthday. “To the Wise Scientist” reads: “Someday I too hope to attain the age of sixty-five. Then I wish to live as you live: Giving sympathy and help to young people, Receiving friendship and respect in return. […]

Ruben Hipolito pictured with President Barack Obama

Scout’s honor

When UCI undergraduate Ruben Hipolito learned he was chosen from among 3.5 million Boy Scouts to represent the organization before the U.S. president and Congress this month, he followed the official scout motto: Be prepared. Hipolito, assistant scoutmaster of Huntington Beach Troop 1134, was one of seven distinguished scouts who met with President Barack Obama […]

Lawyers in training

Elisha Thomas smiles when he talks about his family’s hopes for his future. His parents often joke that he should be a lawyer, since he’s quick to ask questions and always ready for a debate. He may take their advice. “I want to learn as much as I can and take advantage of opportunities my […]

With patients in mind

As UC Irvine Douglas Hospital prepared to open its doors to patients in March 2009, caregivers discussed how the new facility strengthens their ability to provide advanced healthcare. From larger operating rooms equipped with the latest technology to a meditation/prayer room that offers a soothing refuge for families and visitors, UC Irvine Douglas Hospital is […]

Nobelist F. Sherwood Rowland (right) and chemistry chair Donald Blake

Perfect chemistry

The first person Donald Blake met when he walked into UC Irvine’s chemistry department in 1978 was F. Sherwood Rowland, clad in shorts and sandals, a towering 6 feet 5 inches tall. Rowland, department chair, was considering the UCLA senior for a graduate position. “We talked about lots of things, and in the end he […]

Allison Case

Letting the sun shine in

Pete Case got an inkling that his daughter Allison might be destined for show business when she was only 6. While on vacation in Aspen, the Case family was relaxing in the ski lodge when he heard his daughter’s voice over the loudspeakers. She’d slipped away to join a live band on stage and was […]

Frank B. Wilderson III

Envisioning change

In the 1990s, Frank B. Wilderson III lived the dying days of apartheid in South Africa, working as a university teacher, propagandist, and as one of two Americans elected to Nelson Mandela’s governing party, the African National Congress. In his recently released memoir,¬†Incognegro, Wilderson, African American studies and drama professor, criticizes Mandela’s presidency for failing […]

Dr. Emily Dow

Doctor for the destitute

Ask Dr. Emily Dow why she decided to practice medicine, and the answer might surprise you. Twenty years ago, she was teaching English as a Second Language to adults in Los Angeles when a middle-aged Latina student was stricken with chest pains during class. Dow wanted to call an ambulance to take her to a […]