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Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go!

Runners take off during UCI’s inaugural 5K Anti-Cancer Challenge in June at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The two-day event, in which more than 2,000 people ran, walked or cycled, raised over $600,000 to support cancer research at UCI’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. A concert celebrating the participants, volunteers and donors – featuring musician and cancer survivor Sheryl Crow – was scheduled for Oct. 21 at the campus’s Bren Events Center.

“My sense is that geneticists are doing basic science to advance our understanding of human nature and that attorneys who are aware of this stuff and who are very clever will come up with ways [to] try and morph that into a legal argument.”

  • Nicholas Scurich, associate professor of psychology & social behavior and criminology, law & society
  • Popular Science
  • Sept. 19, 2017

A Hispanic-Thriving Designation

25.7 percent

The U.S. Department of Education has named UCI a Hispanic-serving institution for 2017-18, meaning that fully one-quarter of undergraduates identify as Latino and that half of all students receive financial aid. The designation builds on UCI’s recognition earlier this year as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution, demonstrating the university’s commitment to providing a world-class education to every qualified student. UCI’s current Latino enrollment is 25.7 percent, double what it was a decade ago. “Latino students represent some of California’s most talented and promising high school graduates, chiefly from Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties,” said Douglas Haynes, UCI vice provost for academic equity, diversity and inclusion. “This impressive growth signifies the aspirations, dedication and achievement of Latino students, families and communities. We are a Hispanic-thriving institution, first and foremost.” Besides Latinos, UCI’s student population is 38.6 percent Asian, 14.1 percent white and 2.9 percent African American. Half of all undergraduates are the first in their families to attend college.

“Sometimes silence is betrayal. Sometimes silence is consent. We must express ourselves.”

  • The Rev. Jesse Jackson, speaking at the Irvine Barclay Theatre as part of the UCI School of Law’s “Hate in a Period of Political Turmoil” series
  • Orange County Register
  • Sept. 8, 2017

The Rams Return

Rams Return

Quarterback Jared Goff (in red jersey) leads the Los Angeles Rams during practice on Crawford Field. For the second consecutive year since relocating to Southern California, the team held its summer training camp at UCI. Fifteen practice sessions were open to the public, including a scrimmage with the renamed Los Angeles Chargers on Aug. 9 (at right).

“Cheap speech has undermined mediating and stabilizing institutions of American democracy, including newspapers and political parties, with negative social and political consequences.”

  • Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of law & political science
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Aug. 18, 2017

Skip That DMV Line

Skip That DMV Line

What is that yellow machine? The first auto registration kiosk outside a California Department of Motor Vehicles office arrived at UCI earlier this year. Housed in the Transportation & Distribution Services office, above the Police Department, it processes payments and immediately provides updated registration cards and stickers to motorists. Other DMV kiosks have since been rolled out to a few supermarkets in Southern California, but according to the DMV, UCI was the first site to say yes to the pilot program.

Anteater at Helm of USA Swimming

Tim Hinchey

Alumnus Tim Hinchey was appointed president and CEO of USA Swimming in July. A native of Danville, in Contra Costa County, Hinchey earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from UCI in 1991. He was a four-year letterman swimmer and, later, a graduate assistant swim coach. (UCI dropped its swimming program in 2009.) Since 2011, Hinchey has served as president of Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids; he previously worked in the NBA and NHL. Hinchey also volunteers as a Special Olympics swim coach.

“What the surfer knows, in knowing how to ride a wave, bears on questions for the ages – about freedom, control, happiness, society, our relation to nature, the value of work and the very meaning of life.”

  • Aaron James, professor of philosophy
  • The New York Times
  • Aug. 18, 2017

iRev It Up

iRev It Up

UCI’s two undergraduate improv teams, Live Nude People* (*with clothes on) and Improv Revolution, matched wits onstage at Winifred Smith Hall as part of the 2017 Coup de Comedy Festival in May. Students from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts organized the four-day celebration, which for the first time included the Global Improvisation Initiative Symposium, featuring speakers from 10 countries.