UCI News

EdSurge, Dec. 4, 2018
Can Space Activate Learning? UC Irvine Seeks to Find Out With $67M Teaching Facility
When class isn’t in session, UC Irvine’s shiny new Anteater Learning Pavillion looks like any modern campus building. There are large lecture halls, hard-wired lecture capture technology, smaller classrooms, casual study spaces and brightly colored swivel chairs. … But there’s more going on in this three-level, $67-million facility, which opened its doors in September. For starters, the space is dedicated to “active learning,” a term that often refers to teaching styles that go beyond a one-way lecture format. That could range from simply giving students a chance to pause and discuss with peers, to role playing, to polling students during class, and more.

South China Morning Post, Dec. 4, 2018
Why the China-US trade war truce could be a raw deal for Brazil’s soybean farmers
“Instead of being a boon for the Brazilian farmers, [the deal] would be a total bane,” said Gustavo Oliveira, assistant professor of global studies at the University of California, Irvine. … “Farmers are used to dealing with the uncertainty of the weather, and some uncertainty in international markets is expected, but 25 per cent up or down on the price of one of the world’s two largest producers is really dramatic uncertainty. And the possibility that this could be removed, exactly as Brazilian crops go on the market, that’s what’s frustrating for everyone,” he said.

LAist, Dec. 4, 2018
California’s Still A Long Way From Tuition-Free Community College
On Tuesday, state lawmakers announced a bill that would waive the second year of California community college tuition for first-time, full-time students. A program to waive first-year tuition for these students went into effect this semester. The first-year tuition waiver only covers around 5 percent of the roughly 2 million students in the system. … Still, any help is a plus, said Rachel Baker, an education researcher at UC Irvine. “Free tuition sends the right message,” she said. “We need to be spending time and money and political energy figuring how to get students into college but also how to get them through.”

Orange Coast Magazine, Dec. 3, 2018
O.C. Duo Team Up for “Off Book: The Improvised Musical Podcast”
Writing an original musical is impressive. Creating one on the spot—complete with characters, plot, and catchy songs—is something else entirely. That’s what improvisers Jessica McKenna and Zach Reino do each week on their Earwolf network podcast “Off Book.” … McKenna and Reino began their comedic partnership in 2011 after meeting through the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. Having studied theater (McKenna at Northwestern University, Reino at UC Irvine) they soon began writing and performing musical sketches together.

Orange County Register, Dec. 5, 2018
O.C.-based healthy cookie creators get sweet deal on ‘Shark Tank’
Victor Macias and Kristoffer Quiaoit have brought their low-carb, low-sugar cookie company Nui a long way in a short time. [CSUF alumus] Macias …. was working as a consultant at the Small Business Development Center in Santa Ana in 2012 when Quiaoit, who has a bachelor’s in economics from UC Irvine, walked in. … Quiaoit, 32, whose family comes from the Philippines, talked about how his father had worked four jobs and taught him the importance of hard work. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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