UCI News

Orange County Register, Sept. 17, 2015
UCI 50th anniversary

It’s difficult for younger or newer residents today to imagine what Orange County was like back in June 1964, when President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicated the University of California, Irvine campus. … UCI’s first commencement two years later celebrated the inaugural graduating class of just 14 students, who were conferred with 10 bachelor’s degrees, three master’s degrees and one doctorate degree. Today the university is the hub of the bustling city of Irvine, a world-renowned research institution, and a force to be reckoned with in Southern California.

ABC News, Sept. 18, 2015
Ig Nobel Prize celebrates the silliest breakthroughs in science

Egg whites are made of proteins that start out with a certain shape. Once boiled, the proteins stay intact but change their conformation. The team, led by Gregory Weiss, a professor of chemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Irvine, were able to reverse the process so that proteins can be recovered and reused.

The New York Times, Sept. 18, 2015
The college access index: A promise to critics

This week, we published our second annual College Access Index. It’s a measure of top colleges’ commitment to lower-income students — defined by the economic diversity of the student body, the price that colleges charge and their graduation rates. … Basti Lopez is a recent graduate of the University of California, Irvine, the top-scoring college in our College Access Index.

Reuters, Sept. 20, 2015
Drought exposes cracks in Australia’s acclaimed water market

“All of these lessons are appropriate to the United States,” said water policy expert Professor David Feldman of the University of California, Irvine, where the state is suffering from a four-year dry spell that has threatened agriculture and helped fan severe wildfires this summer.

Reuters, Sept. 18, 2015
Unsupervised teens more likely to use tobacco, pot and alcohol

The study team expected structured activities to have the strongest negative relationship to kids’ use of forbidden substances, and therefore the greatest predictive power, said lead author Kenneth Lee, a doctoral student in education at the University of California, Irvine. “But we’re seeing it’s unsupervised time with peers that’s being the most predictive of substance abuse,” Lee told Reuters Health by email.

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 19, 2015
Embryo battles are likely to get a precedent in San Francisco couple’s case

“Technology got us into this problem, and technology will get us out,” said Judith Daar, a professor at Whittier Law School, a clinical medicine professor at UC Irvine and chair of the ethics committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. “The partners can walk away, she with her eggs and he with his sperm. And then they can fight over other things, like who gets the cat.”