UCI News

Orange County Register, Aug. 1, 2017
UCI is scrambling to solve its crush of freshmen students
UCI is adding more classes – and increasing the size of others. More instructors will be hired, and courses and labs might be added in the evenings and on Saturdays, faculty leaders said this week. A university pilot program created a new tier of students, those who pay half the tuition and receive other perks their first year in return for taking classes in the Division of Continuing Education as freshmen and agreeing to live off-campus.

Forbes, Aug. 2, 2017
America’s Top Colleges
2017 Ranking: 106  University of California, Irvine.  Cost: $56,810; Type: Public; Average financial aid: $17,238.

The Oregonian, July 28, 2017
‘Great American Eclipse’ scientists talk Madras, pizza and live TV coverage
The total solar eclipse may have other lasting effects, suggested James Bullock, professor and chair of the physics and astronomy department at the University of California at Irvine. … Considering the visceral reality of the event, Bullock said, “You can imagine (it) inspiring kids to go into the science fields or engineering just from experiencing it.”

EdSurge, Aug. 2, 2017
Has the Game Really Changed? Notes From the 2017 Games for Change Festival
Hardly anyone present at the conference needed much convincing about the potential of games to delight, educate and heal. Yet that’s still not the case for the parents and policymakers who wield influence in how they’re funded or built, notes Constance Steinkuehler. The professor at the informatics department at the University of California, Irvine (and who formerly was a games advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) offered 10 studies that all skeptics—and anyone talking to them—should read and reference.

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 2, 2017
Hold the mustard: In Orange County land reserve, an unwelcome guest sprouts among native plants
“If they planted [California] grassland or prairie species, then mowing at this time of year shouldn’t harm the natives,” said Sarah Kimball, an assistant project scientist for the Center Environmental Biology department at UC Irvine. “If they planted coastal sage scrub shrub species recently, then I would ask the city to mow around them. … The mowing would still be an additional stress on the native shrubs, and many wouldn’t survive,” Kimball added.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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