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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Celebrate UCI 2013 Highlights of the annual campus open house include fair, classic car show and tours.

‘Celebrate UCI’ at Annual Open House

UCI will welcome visitors of all ages Saturday, April 20, for “Celebrate UCI,” the campus’s annual open house. Thousands of alumni, students, staff and faculty members are expected to attend events, including the Wayzgoose Faire and the Car Show on the Green. Tours and information sessions will give prospective students a glimpse into their future at UCI. Admission and parking for Celebrate UCI are free. For a complete schedule of the day’s events, including last-minute changes, visit: www.celebrate.uci.edu/.

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Chancellor Michael Drake

Chancellor Inks Educational Partnerships in South Korea

Continuing his effort to expand affiliations with top research universities internationally, UCI Chancellor Michael Drake traveled to South Korea on April 5-6 to visit with leaders in education, business and government. Among his stops were Ewha Womans University, the largest women’s college in the world; Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, consistently ranked as one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in South Korea; and KAIST, the country’s first research-oriented science and engineering university.

Christy Quintanilla. Photo by Steve Zylius, Strategic Communications.

Undergrad Overview

What’s a typical UCI student like? It’s a difficult question to answer with such an eclectic population. The campus’s 22,000 undergraduates are a mix of California residents, out-of-state enrollees and international students from almost 70 countries. They represent numerous ethnicities, have varied socioeconomic backgrounds and are pursuing different goals. But all are Anteaters. Shown: UCI political science freshman Christy Quintanilla.

Jessica Pratt. Photo by Steve Zylius, Strategic Communications.

Southern California Sagebrush Better Suited to Climate Change, UCI Study Finds

California sagebrush in the southern part of the state will adjust better to climate change than sagebrush populations in the north, according to UCI researchers in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology affiliated with the Center for Environmental Biology. The results of their study, which appears online in Global Change Biology, will assist land management and policy decisions concerning coastal sage scrub restoration.

Daily Stress Takes a Toll on Long-Term Mental Health, UCI-Led Study Finds

Our emotional responses to the stresses of daily life may predict our long-term mental health, according to a new study led by a UCI psychologist. The research, which appears online in the journal Psychological Science, suggests that maintaining emotional balance is crucial to avoiding severe mental health problems down the road. Susan Charles, psychology & social behavior professor, and her colleagues conducted the study in order to answer a long-standing question: Do everyday irritations add up to make the straw that breaks the camel’s back, or do they make us stronger and “inoculate” us against later tribulations?

Frances Saldaña. Photo by David Radler.

A Cause Close to Her Heart

For two decades, UCI has been on the forefront of Huntington’s disease research and care, and Frances Saldaña is working to keep it that way. By day, she manages the Corporate Partners program for The Paul Merage School of Business. But Saldaña is better known as a focused and driven advocate for the patients and family members who must endure the terrible consequences of this incurable neurodegenerative disorder.

Richard Brestoff. Photo by Nicole Del Castillo, Strategic Communications.

Quite the Character

Last summer, during a production of “The Merchant of Venice” at UCI’s New Swan Shakespeare Festival, Richard Brestoff – the UCI drama professor who won accolades for his portrayal of the vengeful loan shark Shylock – was thrown for a loop just as he was about to launch into a pivotal monologue.

UCI Brief

New Design, Format for UCI Brief

Beginning April 24, the biweekly UCI Brief will be published in a new format including Top News stories, key employee Work/Life items, UCI in the News highlights and featured events. As always, UCI Brief welcomes input at ucibrief@uci.edu.

Work/Life

Celebration of Teaching

Celebration of Teaching

The 20th anniversary of Celebration of Teaching will be held 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the Student Center’s Doheny Beach A & B. The event honors outstanding undergraduate teaching and mentoring for teaching. Each year, awardees are competitively selected through nominations that are judged by committees on the Academic Senate Council on Student Experience, Division of Undergraduate Education, Division of Graduate Education and the Office of Information Technology. In addition, deans of each school select one faculty member to be honored for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. A reception follows.

Susan Bryant. Photo by Steve Zylius, Strategic Communications.

Staff Assembly Spring Forum with Interim EVC & Provost Susan Bryant

Staff Assembly’s Spring Forum features Interim Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Susan Bryant, who will give a presentation titled “Campus Update” noon-1 p.m. Thursday, May 2, Bren Hall, Room 6011. RSVP online.
Contact: Laurie Andress-Delaney, landress@uci.edu

Know Your Numbers

Free ‘Know Your Numbers’ Health Screening

Take the first step to increasing your overall wellness: Get screened. By knowing your numbers, you can gauge your risk for serious health problems. When you make changes in your lifestyle, the numbers can mark your progress. Stop by the “Know Your Numbers” event for free blood pressure, cholesterol, body fat, BMI and waist-hip ratio screening 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 19, Anteater Recreation Center Lobby. No registration is needed.

EAP

EAP Webinar: ‘Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction’

Mindfulness is a process of cultivating awareness of the mind and body and living in the present moment without filters or the lens of judgment. Current research supports mindfulness-based stress reduction as an effective tool in treating a variety of mental and physical health problems. A free webinar will offer an introduction to “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction” 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, April 16. Participants will learn new skills to reduce stress and take charge of their physical and mental health. Register online.

ScholarShare

ScholarShare College Savings Plan Webinar

With the cost of a college education growing by double digits every year, now is the time to plan for a child’s future. Learn more about Scholarshare, California’s 529 tax-advantaged college savings plan, by viewing a live webinar online 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. Access the interactive session from your computer and interact with a live presenter via the phone. RSVP today and instructions will be sent via email.

Life Theatre

Life Theatre Teaches Sexual Harassment Prevention

Life Theatre presents “Sexual Harassment Prevention for Faculty & Staff Supervisors” 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, April 17. Attend the Emmy Award-winning Life Theatre, which uses professional actors to dramatize real-life scenarios that illustrate both overt and subtle forms of sexual harassment. Receive AB1825 credit while participating in an interactive theatrical program that mixes serious education with humor, entertainment and spirited discussion. The performance is designed for UCI faculty and staff supervisors needing to comply with AB1825. Reserve seats via the UC Learning Center – search for “sexual harassment.” (Seating is limited; early registration is recommended.)

Kuali

UCI’s New Proposal Development & Routing System Is Coming

Faculty and contract & grant administrators across UCI will soon have an opportunity to use the new Kuali Coeus Proposal Development module for developing and routing proposals to sponsored projects for review and submission. With the successful completion of the pilot program launched Aug. 6 last year, the Office of Research is preparing to roll out to the rest of the campus. Complete implementation is expected by the end of May when Kuali Coeus Proposal Development will replace the existing Administrative Approval form, which will no longer be accepted. Department managers will be contacted to schedule training and set up workflow parameters for their specific areas. Direct questions to Barbara Inderwiesche at barbara.i@uci.edu or 949.824.4789. To stay informed, sign up for the KC-project listserv by sending a blank email to kc-project-join@uci.edu.

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