UCI News

CBS Sports, Feb. 10, 2020
A powerful friendship between Kobe Bryant and mid-major assistant coach has a community still grieving
Few know how important a UC Irvine assistant coach became to Bryant’s ascent to basketball immortality. … [UCI’s Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Ryan] Badrtalei became Bryant’s strength and conditioning coach, amongst other things. Because of how intensely private Bryant was for most of his NBA career, Badrtalei kept his connection to Bryant largely concealed. … “I didn’t talk about it, almost never talked about it, out of respect for him, Vanessa, his family, his daughters,” Badrtalei told CBS Sports, speaking on the record for the first time about his complex and cherished friendship with the Lakers legend.

Daily Pilot, Feb. 12, 2020
UC Irvine’s Beall Applied Innovation celebrates 5-year mark and new location
UCI Beall Applied Innovation has a new home, just in time for a celebration of its fifth anniversary. The university’s entrepreneurial and innovation platform came about in 2014 as an initiative by UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman to connect students and faculty and help grow Orange County’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. [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
Stacey Nicholas Grants $5M More for STEM at UCI
Stacey Nicholas has donated $5 million to foster and support diverse representation at the schools of engineering and computer sciences at University of California, Irvine. “It’s so important to support underrepresented students so they’ll have the same chance of success as their more fortunate peers,” Nicholas said. … The $5 million donation brings the university’s total contributions to $813 million since 2015. UCI announced its $2 billion “Brilliant Future” campaign last October, which included a $200 million gift from the Samueli Foundation in 2017. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Voice of OC, Feb. 13, 2020
Local Court Considers Whether Anaheim Taxpayers Are Subsidizing Disneyland
Amihai Glazer, a UC Irvine economics professor, also said defining a subsidy in the arrangement between Disney and Anaheim is difficult.  After reading through the 1996 resort development agreement, parking garage lease, minimum wage ordinance and Fabela’s opinion, Glazer said the situation is “very complicated.”  “It’s not uncommon that institutions will give the land and then some other firm will do the construction and the building will be delivered to the institution which has given the land,” Glazer said.

KPBS, Feb. 12, 2020
‘Changing Tides II’ Has Musicians Respond To Climate Change
Last week I attended a rehearsal at UC San Diego’s Experimental Theatre for a “Telematic Translocational Concert” because I had no idea what that was. But UC Irvine professor Michael Dessen was happy to explain the collaboration. “We came together to do what we call a ‘telematic project,’ meaning that there are musicians in different geographic locations performing together in real-time, making a concert together, sort of like a composite ensemble, but located on different continents,” Dessen said.

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