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Watch Vicki Ruiz, UCI Distinguished Professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies, receive the 2014 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama, 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, The White House

KCET, Sept. 8, 2015
California has two fire seasons, and climate change will make both worse

The study was conducted by scientists from the University of California, Irvine, UC Davis, and UCLA, as well as the U.S. Forest Service and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Researchers examined data on Southern California wildfires over a 50-year period from 1959 through 2009, obtained from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the U.S. Forest Service. The results were striking, with sobering implications in a warming world.

Mother Nature Network, Sept. 8, 2015
Net-zero home provides California farm laborers with heart and ‘sol’

Of the 10 juried and measured contests that competing teams in the biennial U.S. Solar Decathlon must submit to, the Market Appeal Contest is often the most fascinating as it gives each team the opportunity think outside of the housing market box. … Other California-based schools in the running include return Solar Decathlon contender Cal Poly, Team Orange County (the University of California, Irvine).

The Guardian, Sept. 9, 2015
Despite decades of exile, I still feel the pull of my homeland

In 1982 I fled the Kenyan dictatorship’s threats on my life. But I can never forget the feelings of hope and of mutual care that I experienced in my childhood village. … I worked at NYU for 10 years before moving to UC Irvine. I had accepted my exile status. But the suitcase in the mind would not let me just settle. Exile is more than separation: it is longing for home, exaggerating its virtues with every encounter with inconvenience. It’s worse for a third-world passport holder in the west, where one becomes a travelling paradox. [Ngugi wa Thiong’o is a Distinguished Professor in Comparative Literature at University of California, Irvine.]

Huffington Post (Education), Sept. 9, 2015
A case for depression screening in schools

“The number one illness worldwide that causes morbidity is major depression. It causes people to miss work, school, and not function at the level they should be able to,” stated Rimal Bera, M.D., a psychiatrist at UC Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Bera believes that there should be depression screening in schools because, in his view, “Depression screening is just as important as [checking] weight and blood pressure.”

CBS Los Angeles, Sept. 9, 2015
Caltech among U.S. News & World report’s top 10 universities

University of California campuses occupied six spots in the top 50 rankings, with UC Berkeley at 20, UC Santa Barbara tied at 37 with Case Western Reserve of Ohio, UC Irvine and UC San Diego tied at 39 and UC Davis tied for 41 with five other universities.

Orange County Register, Sept. 9, 2015
New UCI dean takes aim at Alzheimer’s

[Dr. Howard] Federoff, 62, who was at Georgetown University at the time, plans to conduct the next phase of study from UC Irvine, where he recently started as vice chancellor of health affairs and dean of the medical school. … He said he came to UCI because of his interest in integrating the academic side of health care with the enterprise side of research, which leads to new treatment. His mission includes launching three new schools, in nursing, pharmacy and public health; hiring a hospital CEO; and training the newest generation of doctors during a time of change and predicted shortage of physicians.