UCI News

Daily Pilot, Feb. 10, 2020
Foundation trustee donates $5 million to UC Irvine for inclusive STEM recruitment
UC Irvine announced Monday that it has received a $5-million donation from one of its foundation members to benefit the university’s Office of Access & Inclusion, which supports recruitment, retention and graduation of students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in fields related to science, technology, engineering and math. The donation was made by Stacey Nicholas, a trustee of the UCI Foundation and an electrical engineer who founded the Irvine-based Opus Foundation, which promotes STEM education outreach and the arts. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Business Journal, Feb. 10, 2020
UCI Law Tackles Issues Posed by AI
The University of California, Irvine School of Law aims to help its students and the legal profession as a whole keep up with challenges posed by artificial intelligence, from its impact on bail decisions to product liability and privacy. “We intend to make the study and teaching of AI and emerging technologies pervasive throughout our entire curriculum,” Dean L. Song Richardson told the Business Journal. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

NBC News, Feb. 11, 2020 (Video)
Opinion: Our war with Iran did not start or end with the assassination of Soleimani
Despite hints of de-escalation, tensions between the U.S. and Iran are far from over. Bryan Cunningham, executive director of the Cyber Security Policy & Research Institute at UC Irvine, joined THINK to discuss why Iran will almost certainly launch more cyberattacks against the U.S.

Orange County Register, Feb. 10, 2020
Don’t panic or spread misinformation about coronavirus, UC Irvine scientists say
While researchers continue to gather information on coronavirus, most Americans are at relatively low risk of infection, UC Irvine scientists and health specialists emphasized during a panel held Monday night, Feb. 10, to calm concerns and share accurate information. … “The short answer really is unless you have recent travel history to Hubei Province in China, the risk to U.S. residents here is very low at the moment,” said Sanghyuk Shin, who directs UCI’s Infectious Disease Science Initiative. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Business Journal, Feb. 10, 2020
Ron Cortez: Flying High
From traveling around the world with the U.S. Air Force to managing a more than $3 billion annual budget for one of the most popular public universities in the world, Ronald “Ron” Cortez has spent his entire career serving the public – and never feeling like he was going to work. … In 2017, he was called to lead as vice chancellor of Administrative & Business Services at University of California, Irvine. One year later, he was promoted to chief financial officer for the university’s Division of Finance and Administration, where he developed a five year financial plan and created models for two affordable housing projects on campus, among other accomplishments. [Ron Cortez received the OCBJ CFO of the Year Award in the not-for profit category this year.] [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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