UCI News

Orange County Register, March 27, 2016
UC Irvine praised for student support
“A lot of that goes to our academic support for all students. We have 13 schools with their own academic advising units,” said Michael Dennin, UCI vice provost for teaching and learning and the dean of the undergraduate education division. “Even though we are a major research university, we have a small-school feel,” Dennin said. … Last year, UCI was ranked first in the nation by The New York Times as the school doing the most for low-income students, based in part on the percentage of students who receive Pell Grants.

The Christian Science Monitor, March 25, 2016
Four campuses where many low-income students are graduating
A web of strategies has helped low-income students reach an 87 percent graduation rate at UC Irvine. And 69 percent of them earn more than $25,000 a year within six years of enrolling. Within this large research university, students attend small colleges for different academic disciplines – so students are “more likely to get that personal attention you might get at a small liberal arts school,” says Michael Dennin, vice provost for teaching and learning.

Orange County Register, March 26, 2016
Research project helps uncover challenges middle class faces
In Orange County, UC Irvine has taken a leading role in this effort. Recently, labor leaders, the UC Irvine’s law school Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and community advocates, such as former state Sen. Joe Dunn, came together and began working to establish the UCI Community and Labor Project.

The Conversation, March 25, 2016
Belgium has divided and decentralized itself almost out of existence
Georges Van Den Abbeele , dean of the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine, [writes]: Belgium is no longer a nation-state in any functional sense, but rather a “federation” of three different regions … and of three different “linguistic communities” …. As a result, it is host to an array of police and juridical districts that don’t map onto each other geographically, demographically or politically.

The New York Times, March 25, 2016
Why we think we’re better investors than we are
A bias toward optimism helps to explain why many, if not most, smokers are confident that they will not develop cancer; why many drivers are certain that their texting will not lead to an accident; and why many investors believe they can outperform the market. “We are evolutionarily programmed to believe that things will work out,” said David Hirshleifer, a finance professor at the University of California, Irvine.

USA Today, March 26, 2016
7-foot-6 UC Irvine basketball player crams into coach middle seat on airplane
Irvine’s Mamadou Ndiaye is a very, very tall young man. He’s listed at 7-foot-6 and 300 pounds. He was part of the tallest starting lineup in college basketball history. … Recently, poor Ndiaye found himself stuck in an unfortunate situation on a flight. Elika Sadeghi shared a photo on Twitter of the 7-foot-6 player trying to get comfortable in the middle seat in coach.

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