UCI News

Orange County Register, June 10, 2016
Graduation 2016: UCI awards degrees to 8,000 students
This year, half of the degrees at UC Irvine will be awarded to first-generation college graduates like Norbert Negrea, according to the university. UC Irvine’s commitment to serve low-income and first-generation students is what made him return to the school for his master’s degree, Negrea said. … Chancellor Howard Gillman urged graduates to hold on to the frame of mind they acquired at UC Irvine – to settle differences of viewpoint not through coercion, mockery and violence, but with ideas, arguments and votes.

Orange County Business Journal, June 10, 2016
New chancellor for research at UCI
University of California, Irvine has named Pramod Khargonekar its vice chancellor for research, effective June 30. He replaces James Hicks, who was the interim vice chancellor of research for about a year. Khargonekar will provide strategic direction for the Office of Research, which supports all research conducted by UCI faculty.

Orange County Register, June 12, 2016
UCI study taps brains of high school football players to better understand head injuries
Dr. Mark Fisher, a UCI neurologist – and a football fan – wants to find out how early evidence of trauma might show up in young players. “There’s great concern regarding the relationship between playing organized football and head injuries and the brain changes that may result,” Fisher said. “We have the opportunity of either providing some reassurance for the safety of the activity or to determine whether there are any red flags.”

Reuters, June 13, 2016
Commentary: When daily life turns into a war zone
Amy Wilentz, founder and director of the Forum for the Academy and the Public, and professor in the Literary Journalism program at the University of California, Irvine, [writes]: We live in a time of mass shootings and suicide attacks. This means it is possible that, in the ordinary hours of what you view as your daily life, you are actually participating in a largely invisible war that may break out at any moment.

Daily Pilot, June 10, 2016
Apodaca: UCI professor fights diseases with study of mosquitoes
We’re not going to win the war against all mosquitoes everywhere, but we can make progress on pathogens and the diseases they transmit,” Anthony James, microbiologist of UC Irvine says.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 12, 2016
The jerk’s political moment
Aaron James, a professor and the chair of philosophy at the University of California, Irvine, [writes]:  Despite winning the nomination of our conservative party, Trump, then, is a deeply unconservative proposition. We need political reform desperately. But with the very foundations of our democratic republic potentially broken, and with everything to lose and little upside, should we play republic roulette?

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