UCI News

Voice of OC, Feb. 14, 2020
UCI’s Art Museum is a Dream Deferred, but Should Be Worth the Wait
With such a treasure trove of California artwork now in its collection, UCI and IMCA are taking their time to make sure the museum presents these gems in the best possible light. Along with plans to exhibit the work, an institute has been established, which will incorporate a research and study center, a conservation lab, a museum studies program and the ability to connect to UCI’s 38,000 students and 8,700-plus faculty and staff through the various schools and departments. … IMCA is part of the university’s Brilliant Future campaign, and new monies will need to be raised to help support the building, as well as expanded programs and operations, Kim Kanatani, its new museum director said.

Dot Esports, Feb. 13, 2020
Pokimane donates $50,000 to the University of California Irvine for esports scholarships
Imane “Pokimane” Anys is donating $50,000 to the University of California Irvine to help fund scholarship opportunities for students looking to participate in the school’s various collegiate esports competitions, the streamer announced today. The Twitch streamer and YouTuber is helping create the “Pokimane Scholarship” in partnership with UCI Esports to support students who wish to pursue their college degree while also competing in high-level gaming competitions.

The Washington Post, Feb. 13, 2020
A couple flew home with their adopted infant. Strangers threw an impromptu baby shower on the plane.
Dustin Moore, a registered dietician working towards a doctorate in public health at University of California, Irvine, and Caren Moore finally were on a flight home with their adopted baby girl in their arms. … a flight attendant named Bobby approached the Moores, inquiring about their little girl. … “Five minutes later, Bobby came on the intercom” …. The flight attendant announced that he’d be passing out napkins and pens for anyone who wanted to jot down a message for the new parents. The cabin erupted into cheers and applause. A steady stream of people came by to coo and congratulate the couple. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

BPR, Feb. 13, 2020 (Audio)
Embodied: How Online Gaming Creates Real-Life Love
Customizing the features of an avatar can be an intensely personal experience. It can offer fantastical escapism, an expression of a hidden self or a pixelated reflection. Tess Tanenbaum discusses how designing digital counterparts can help break players free of oppressive social norms — and why the majority choose to remain shackled. She is an assistant professor in the department of informatics at the University of California, Irvine. [Starts 19:00]

Spectrum News 1, Feb. 11, 2020 (Video)
Explore the Science Behind SoCal’s Spectacular Sunsets
University of California, Irvine [Earth system science] Professor Charlie Zender says you will find the most glorious SoCal sunsets during the winter. “The cold temperatures have chilled and cleared out, and dried out the atmosphere, so that light can come all the way from the horizon and not be absorbed by as many moisture droplets or aerosols,” said Zender.

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