UCI News

The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 17, 2018
Top Colleges Are Enrolling More Students From Low-Income Homes
The University of California, Irvine, increased by nearly 900 the number of Pell students it enrolled in the past two years, the biggest gain for any single institution. That school expanded its class size and almost doubled its pipeline of community-college transfers, tapping a population that tends to come from lower-income backgrounds. Nearly four in 10 students at Irvine receive Pell funding. “The country really needs institutions that are true to the American dream of social mobility, of authentic opportunity,” said UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman. “It doesn’t need institutions that are there to reproduce privilege.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Money, Dec. 17, 2018
These Are the 10 Best Colleges for Transfer Students
8. University of California, Irvine. Overall Money rank: 3. Share of transfer students who earn a degree within 4 years: 86%. UCI’s Transfer Acceptance Guaranteeprogram guarantees admission to eligible California community college students. The program is already closed for fall 2019; to qualify for admission in the fall of 2020, you need a minimum 3.4 GPA, coursework for the prerequisites in your major, and to be on track to earn at least 60 credits earned by the spring 2020 term. Learn more.

Orange County Register, Dec. 15, 2018
First patient to shed 200 pounds in UCI Health weight-loss program trades inactivity for 20-mile bike rides
Looking hale and hearty, Michael Bare and his wife, Lorna Wimberley, pedaled effortlessly into the parking lot outside an Irvine weight-loss center. Despite the 10-mile bike ride from their Fountain Valley home, they’d scarcely broken a sweat. … Today, her husband is the center’s biggest – or, rather, slimmest – success story in its three decades. “Michael was our first patient to lose 200 pounds,” said Katie Rankell, program director for the Irvine clinic. “We had to custom-make a milestone pin for him.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Becker’s Hospital Review, Dec. 14, 2018
UCI Health taps UNC Rex Healthcare exec as COO
Orange, Calif.-based UCI Health selected Chad T. Lefteris to serve as COO, effective Dec. 17. … UCI Health is the clinical enterprise of the University of California, Irvine, and it comprises the 417-bed, Orange, Calif.-based UCI Medical Center as well as primary and specialty care offices.

ABC News, Dec. 17, 2018
How corn farmers are adapting to climate change
A new study analyzing U.S. corn yields over the last few decades seems to support that notion. It looked at temperature trends in the Midwest, examined how farmers adjusted their planting practices to take advantage of them, and showed that U.S. farmers were able to grow more corn, not less. “It gives me some hope that when we see climate trends that are not quite so benevolent, farmers will have some tools at their disposal,” said Nathan Mueller, an Earth scientist at the University of California, Irvine and co-author of the study.

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