ZOTZINE JUNE 2012
Volume IV, Issue 9
From research to reel
James Fallon, Gregory Benford and other UCI faculty members have Hollywood connections. Their work and expertise have inspired television dramas and movies. But the scripts, they’ve found, often deviate from the truth.
Out of harm’s way
Since his days at UCI, alumnus Arif Alikhan has been dedicated to protecting people. An expert in counterterrorism and homeland security, he now keeps watch over the world’s sixth busiest airport: LAX.
Weighing the Earth’s fate
ZOTZINE MAY 2012
Using sophisticated satellite technology, Isabella Velicogna documents the ice sheet melt in Greenland and Antarctica. The assistant professor of Earth system science has shown that glaciers are losing mass at an increasing rate – a trend with dire implications for the planet.
Volume IV, Issue 8
No mere flight of fancy
Though he’s already made great contributions to aeronautics, UCI engineering professor Robert Liebeck won’t give up on two things: teaching and an experimental plane that could transform air travel.
Marking their territory
Business professor Mary Gilly explores how customers stake out tables at coffeehouses and cafes. A marketing expert, she studies the sometimes unintended results of efforts to control consumer behavior.
Finding his bliss
ZOTZINE APRIL 2012
A love of discovery led UCI's Daniele Piomelli to determine how the body’s own marijuana-like chemicals can be utilized to treat stress, pain and obesity – and positioned him as a spokesman for the medicinal use of cannabis.
Volume IV, Issue 7
Science, stem cells and serendipity
UCI researchers Aileen Anderson and Brian Cummings developed a stem cell therapy that’s now the first in the world to be tested in human clinical trials. The husband-and-wife team has given new hope to those with spinal cord injury.
UCI drama alumnus Jeff Greenberg has found big success behind the scenes as one of television’s most influential casting directors. He’s helped populate sitcoms with some of their most memorable characters, from the snooty Niles to the effusive Cam.
Growing up, ‘geeking out’
ZOTZINE MARCH 2012
UCI cultural anthropologist Mizuko “Mimi” Ito studies how digital media such as Facebook and video games are changing the way today’s plugged-in youth live and learn. She has good news for parents worried that their kids are just wasting time on smartphones and other tech gadgets.
Volume IV, Issue 6
UCI loses the legendary F. Sherwood Rowland
The Nobel Prize-winning chemist and founding faculty member died Saturday, March 10. He leaves a legacy of courageous research and leadership in atmospheric science.
With his camera, anthropologist Frank Cancian has documented the ebb and flow of activity on Ring Mall. His “Main Street UCI” photo project includes a blog where students reflect on university life.
Keeping hospitals healthy
ZOTZINE FEBRUARY 2012
Linda Dickey leads UC Irvine Medical Center’s efforts to prevent the spread of hospital-acquired infectious diseases. Several initiatives have proven so effective that they’ve been adopted at other facilities as healthcare workers unite against a deadly enemy.
Volume IV, Issue 5
Al Valdez has gone from undercover cop who infiltrated dangerous street gangs to college instructor. The UCI alumnus and lecturer shares his often-harrowing experiences with students, giving them an education in real-world criminal behavior.
UCI alumnus Daniel Do-Khanh is behind an effort to collect the stories of Vietnamese refugees who escaped their homeland after the fall of Saigon. It’s his way of giving back to the campus and community that helped him fulfill his own American dream.
A cure for healthcare
ZOTZINE JANUARY 2012
Faculty and students in UCI's nursing science program help those in need at a wellness center in Santa Ana. Their nurse-managed practice is a first for Orange County and a way to ease the growing physician shortage.
Volume IV, Issue 4
Different breed of therapist
A UCI study aims to determine whether children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder benefit from contact with canines. Researcher Sabrina Schuck says interaction with therapy dogs can help kids and their frazzled parents cope.
Neuroscientist Ivan Soltesz has helped shed light on the inner workings of the human brain. His research offers hope to millions who suffer from epilepsy.
Alumni Rameen and Shauhin Talesh are a lot alike. They love sports, music and UCI. Both have returned to campus to pursue careers and give back to their alma mater.