UCI News

Los Angeles Times, Sep. 27, 2018
‘First Glimpse’ peers into UC Irvine’s treasure trove of California art, the ‘largest collection of art that no one has ever seen’
Fifty pieces by … California artists will soon be on view at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, in “First Glimpse: Introducing the Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art.” … “One morning, I received a phone call from a Los Angeles lawyer telling me that our university would be receiving the Buck collection,” says Stephen Barker, UCI’s art department dean. That same week, Barker was informed that UCI would also inherit 1,200 19th and 20th century paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the nearby Irvine Museum, founded by heiress Joan Irvine Smith in 1993. Nearly stunned by this windfall, Barker’s mantra became: “We have the largest collection of art that no one has ever seen.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, Sep. 26, 2018
Pop! go enough balloons to break a Guinness record, UC Irvine students hope
UC Irvine students are hoping to add “breaking a Guinness World Record” to their list of memories from the start of the new school year. As part of its Welcome Week activities, the school often gathers students to try to set a record – in 2015, it captured the record for largest game of capture the flag with 2,888 students playing. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The San Diego Union-Tribune, Sep. 27, 2018
San Diego boasted lowest violent crime rate of biggest cities last year
[Cynthia] Burke isn’t the only one who wrestles with the “why” to explain the falling crime numbers. It’s a topic that has been debated among criminologists since the 1990s, when crime across the nation plummeted. “They’re still talking about it… and it’s still worthy of research because it’s still happening,” said Charis Kubrin, a criminology professor and researcher at UC Irvine.

Psychology Today, Sep. 27, 2018
More Evidence That a Little Bit of Exercise Goes a Long Way
Based on these findings, the researchers conclude that a single 10-minute period of mild exertion physical activity can yield considerable cognitive benefits. “The hippocampus is critical for the creation of new memories; it’s one of the first regions of the brain to deteriorate as we get older — and much more severely in Alzheimer’s disease,” co-author Michael Yassa of the UCI Brain Initiative said in a statement. “Improving the function of the hippocampus holds much promise for improving memory in everyday settings.”

Orange County Register, Sep. 26, 2018
UC Irvine alum Jon Lovitz returns home
“UCI was small, but fun, like we were there in the beginning,” Lovitz reminisced. … “At first, I said I was here for the applause. But after awhile, I said I didn’t want applause, I was here for the acting. And there were great teachers here, like (founding drama chairman) Robert Cohen, who was brilliant and really cared about acting and teaching us how to act.” … “It was a very exciting time. Lucky I got in: this was the only college I ever applied to.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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