UCI News

Spectrum News 1, May 1, 2021
Inaugural convention to feature noted keynote speaker
An inaugural University of California, Irvine convention open to alumni, faculty and the community starts May 1 and is meant as a booster for Black business leaders and entrepreneurs. … UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business will welcome keynote speaker Barry Lawson Williams. … Dr. Tonya Bradford, a UCI [marketing associate] professor and faculty adviser helped students create the Black Management Association at the business school. … [The event] is part of a larger plan by Bradford and the students who make up the leadership of the organization to support and promote Black participation in business.

Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2021
Here’s what UC says about the chances of being plucked from massive waitlists
“The thing that I think is really important is that we admitted 15,500 California residents this year — and the next 15,000 were also fantastic students any university in the country would be happy to have,” said Dale Leaman, executive director of UC Irvine’s undergraduate admissions office. “It’s not just a raw number on a waitlist.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, May 1, 2021
Where’s the sand? Coastal cities hope delivery to local beaches will come
“We need our rivers to deliver sediment to the coast. If we don’t have that, we have to truck it to fill in the beaches,” said Brett Sanders, professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine. Coasts aren’t just facing sea-level rise, they are facing it with shrinking beaches, he said. “It’s a double-whammy.” … Sanders enlisted a team of students to help create modeling that shows the rate of erosion along various areas of OC’s coast, with drone footage that shows how drastic the coastline is changing. Just last week, Sanders hosted a virtual talk about the changing coast.  [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Healthline, April 27, 2021
Rise in Asian American Discrimination and Violence During COVID is Causing Mental Health Crisis
“The double helix of the Asian American story is the United States wanting Asians to perform labor for the sake of society while ensuring that Asians remain vulnerable to violence and even death,” said James Kyung-Jin Lee, associate professor of Asian American Studies at University of California, Irvine.

IEEE Spectrum, April 30, 2021
How Broadcom’s Henry Samueli Is Giving Away Billions
[Henry] Samueli doesn’t give anonymously. He and his wife believe it is important to have their philanthropy be visible because, he says, “We want to set an example and motivate others to get involved in philanthropy and be proud to show it.” Another university that has benefited from his generosity is the University of California, Irvine. In 2017 the Samueli Foundation donated $200 million, the largest gift in the university’s history. The gift was used for the construction and endowment of the Susan and Henry Samueli college of health sciences, which is focused on interdisciplinary integrative health. UCI also reported that the Samuelis provided $30 million in funding toward the construction of an interdisciplinary science and engineering building, which opened in February.

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