UCI News

NBC4, June 13, 2019 (Video)
Single Mother Pulls Off a Parental Balancing Act With Daughter by Her Side at UC Irvine
Jillaine Ridad says her academic determination kicked in sometime between the contractions while taking an online class while in labor. She was a single mother at 18 years old. She had dropped out of high school in San Francisco but managed to get back on track. … Then three years ago she got a scholarship to UC Irvine and began her parental balancing act — school, work and Hannah. She has been at her mother’s side for all of her classes, a fixture in both psychology and education.

Orange County Register, June 13, 2019
U.S. Army poster helped push Fountain Valley woman to be 1st female to lead an Army Infantry Division
Laura Yeager was a student at UC Irvine, running out of money, when she saw a U.S. Army poster on a bulletin board in a hallway advertising $100 monthly stipends and a possibility for scholarships. … Yeager, a decorated Black Hawk helicopter pilot who flew aeromedical evacuations in Iraq, this month will become the first female in history to lead a U.S. Army Infantry Division. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Teen Vogue, June 5, 2019
The Apollo 11 Moon Landing Anniversary Is a Reminder of the Importance of Women in STEM
Aomawa Shields, [UCI assistant professor] astrobiologist, classically trained actress, and founder of Rising Stargirls, on not trying to fit into a preconceived “scientist” image. … “It took me a long time to let myself be who I am … and do science. I realized that if I bought into my own limiting belief that I couldn’t be myself and do what I loved, I was the one who was going to suffer and miss out on the chance to fulfill my wildest dreams of studying the universe and communicating the wonders of the universe to the world. I didn’t want to miss that chance.”

The Washington Post, June 13, 2019 (Video)
A rare skin disease left a man isolated and alone. Surgery is helping to give him back his life.
After a medical mission trip to Paraguay last year and a plan to bring Galvan back to the United States for treatment, the University of California at Irvine Medical Center decided to offer a free surgery for him. This month, surgeons and other medical personnel worked for eight hours to remove about six pounds of extra skin tissue from his chest, shoulder and back to help give him a more normal life, said Cristobal Barrios, a UCI Health trauma surgeon. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Yahoo!, June 13, 2019
Disneyland fanatics can now take a college course on the theme park
While a lot of people are excited to experience Disneyland’s new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for the fun of it, University of California Irvine’s Roland Betancourt is looking forward to adding it to his lesson plan. The associate professor of art history teaches a course, “Disneyland: Art, Architecture and Operation,” in which students explore the design and history of theme parks.

Previously “In the News”