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Orange County Business Journal, Nov. 4, 2019 (Subscription – no digital version available)
2019 OC500 Directory of Influence
This issue of the OC500 provides an overview of the leading executives behind the companies appearing during 2019 in the Orange County Business Journal: CEOs, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, educators, award winners and many others who’ve grabbed the headlines in Orange County over the past year.
Here are the UCI mentions:

Howard Gillman, Chancellor, UCI.
Steve Goldstein, Vice Chancellor, Health Affairs, UCI.
Brian Hervey, Vice Chancellor, University Advancement, UCI.
Song Richardson, Dean, UCI School of Law.
Richard Sudek, Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Director, UCI Beall Applied Innovation.

Don Beall, UCI Beall Applied Innovation named after family. Beall has given millions to UCI efforts, including cybersecurity, technology, and the arts.
Robert Brunswick, Founding member of UCI Center for Real Estate.
Scott Connella, UCI Chief Executive Roundtable member.
Gavin Herbert Sr., Established Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UCI Health.
Julie Hill, Chair and trustee, UCI Foundation.
Paul Merage, Donated $30 million to UCI’s business school in 2005. Merage School full-time MBA program ranked No. 8 among public institutions. Kicking off Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation this year. UCI Foundation trustee.
Susan Samueli, Chairs health portion of $2B UCI campaign; Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences funded with $200M family gift. UCI Foundation trustee.
Ralph Stern, Giving includes $5M for UCI’s Sue and Ralph Stern Center at Chao Family Cancer Center. On advisory boards for UCI Health and Samueli College of Health Sciences.

JBHE, Oct. 28, 2019
Targeted Educational Programs Can Improve Educational Outcomes for Black Males
Now a new working paper … shows that the Oakland program has had a significant positive impact on lowering the high school dropout rates of young Black males. The study found that the Black male student dropout rate dropped by 43 percent in the years following the program’s introduction in the Oakland schools. Furthermore, between the graduating classes of 2010 and 2018, the high school graduation rate for Black males in Oakland schools increased from 46 to 69 percent. … The study, “My Brother’s Keeper? The Impact of Targeted Educational Supports,” was co-authored by Emily K. Penner, an assistant professor of education at the University of California, Irvine. The study may be accessed here.

Mashable, Oct. 31, 2019
Alaska is having a hell of a time growing sea ice
“It has been a remarkable freeze-season (or lack of) so far,” noted Zack Labe, a climate scientist and PhD candidate at the University of California, Irvine. “Overall, the last month has featured large areas of open water north of Alaska and Siberia.” … The lost sea ice has profound impacts for Alaskans, too. “Not only is sea ice important for their livelihoods, but it also acts as a barrier against coastal erosion from strong storm systems in the North Pacific,” said Labe.

Orange County Register, Nov. 4, 2019
Hyundai self-driving shuttle service in Irvine off to roaring start
Early interest in an autonomous rideshare service in Irvine was so great, organizers decided not to kick off the start of their three-month pilot program with a big promotional splash on Monday, Nov. 4. BotRide is a free service from carmaker Hyundai and two other companies – Pony.ai makes the self-driving technology and Via created the app for users. It moved into more widespread testing Monday, after UC Irvine students served as a rider pool providing early feedback. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 31, 2019 (Book review)
Review: How one man’s wheeling and dealing brought the Olympics to L.A. and changed the city
A group of the city’s power brokers gathered in Los Angeles to hear from one they’d dispatched to review the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. … But one man is missing — Billy Garland, subject of Barry Siegel’s new book, “Dreamers and Schemers,” … The author of eight books, winner of a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing and director of the literary journalism program at UC Irvine, Siegel works hard to offer a gripping portrayal of Garland’s marathon campaign to get the Games. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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