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Men’s Volleyball This marks the third time in four years that UCI men’s volleyball will vie for the NCAA Championship, including winning the title in 2007.

Men’s Volleyball Bound for NCAA Championship

No. 1-seeded and -ranked UCI men’s volleyball has been selected to compete in the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Tournament at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo, Utah, May 7-9. The Anteaters will face off against No. 4 Ohio State at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPNU. The national championship match will be broadcast live at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9, on ESPN2 and simulcast. More fan information is available on the Athletics Web site, including ways to follow Anteater action on Twitter and online. Rip ’em ’Eaters!


News & Announcements

Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Michael Gottfredson Chancellor Michael Drake

New Staff Programs Aim to Mitigate Layoffs

Chancellor Michael Drake (left) and Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Michael Gottfredson (right) have issued a statement regarding budget challenges:

“We appreciate the patience and flexibility of our students, faculty and staff during these difficult economic times. While the budget crisis is highly complex, and its specific impacts on UC Irvine still uncertain, we have developed several programs designed to reduce administrative expenses and mitigate the need for layoffs, which is a top priority. Following are brief descriptions of the programs; we encourage all staff to consider these options.”

Programs include expanded Staff & Academic Reduction in Time, Voluntary Separation Incentive Program and internal staff recruitment. Furloughs and pay reductions will be discussed at the May regents meeting.

Dr. Leonard Sender. Photo by Daniel A. Anderson.

Fighting for Their Lives: Young Adult Cancer Program

Dr. Leonard Sender asks his young adult cancer patients questions they don’t usually hear from an oncologist: “Who are you? What do you want to do with your life? What are your dreams?” “I call it meaningful survival,” Sender says. “I want these young adults to go on and do things like extreme sports or art or photography or whatever happens to be their passion. Cancer is a wake-up call to live your life.“ Sender directs the Young Adult Cancer Program at UC Irvine Medical Center, which he established five years ago for patients ages 18-39. Located at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, it’s one of the few programs nationwide exclusively for young adults. Photo by Daniel A. Anderson.

Stem Cell

California Funds UCI Alzheimer’s Stem Cell Research

UCI neuroscientists Frank LaFerla and Mathew Blurton-Jones were awarded $3.6 million toward the development of an Alzheimer’s disease therapy involving human neural stem cells. LaFerla, UCI Institute for Brain Aging & Dementia director, and Blurton-Jones will use the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine grant to test in mice whether human stem cells can reverse dementia caused by Alzheimer’s. The project builds on their previous work showing that mouse neural stem cells can restore memory in mice with brain damage. Photo by Christina Tu, UCI Stem Cell Core Facility.

Edward Hirsch

Poet, Essayist Hirsch to Discuss ‘Poetry & Walking’

The spring Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellows Series continues with prize-winning poet and essayist Edward Hirsch discussing “My Pace Provokes My Thoughts: Poetry and Walking.” The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at the Student Center’s Doheny Beach Room. Hirsch has authored numerous books of poetry and prose, including the bestselling How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry. He currently serves as president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Physical Graffiti

Quantum Mechanics of Dance: ‘Physical Graffiti’

Caitlin Sikora, a choreographer in this year’s undergraduate dance showcase Physical Graffiti, looks at a room full of dancers and sees something a bit different from the average viewer. The senior double major in dance and physics sees a stage populated with neutrinos and other subatomic particles, and she admits she’s a rare breed. Sikora explores concepts that link dance and physics, and she’s one of the talents featured this year. Physical Graffiti will be staged at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, May 7-9, in the Claire Trevor Theatre. A matinee is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9. Tickets are $9, $11 or $12. Photo by Ron Cargile.

Sukhee Kang

Irvine Mayor to Discuss Diversity

Mayor Sukhee Kang will discuss the city’s efforts to address issues of diversity noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at the Cross-Cultural Center. Kang kicks off the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity’s Campus Conversations Series, which provides the campus community opportunities to engage in dialogues about equal opportunity and diversity. Event co-sponsors include the Cross-Cultural Center, the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Difficult Dialogues, Asian American Studies, Staff Assembly/Staff Ambassadors, the UCI ADVANCE Program, and the Office of Community & Government Relations.

Tom Boellstorff. Photo by Paul R. Kennedy.

Anthropology in Second Life

Between interviews with National Public Radio and a Dutch documentary film crew, Tom Boellstorff, anthropology professor, discussed his new book, Coming of Age in Second Life, in which he explores how virtual worlds can change ideas about identity and society. The book grew out of his research in the online, virtual world called Second Life. There, he used an avatar, or graphic representation of a virtual world resident, to replicate fieldwork methods he uses in the actual world – such as observing social interactions and conducting discussion groups with other avatars. Photo by Paul R. Kennedy.

Maria Parente

Studying Kids at Home Alone

Growing up in Connecticut with working parents, education doctoral candidate Maria Parente had a well-defined after-school routine: “I’m from a strict Italian family,” she says. “My mother and father told me to come home, sit on the couch and not move until they returned.” According to the 2005 U.S. Census, 5.2 million children ages 5 to 14 regularly experience unsupervised time outside school. With a $10,000 Public Impact Fellowship from UCI’s Graduate Division, Parente is studying the effect of this on children’s academic performance and behavior. The award funds research that could benefit local, national and global communities. Photo by Daniel A. Anderson.

Chancellor Michael Drake with staff advisor Bill Johansen (right) and advisor-designate Edward Abeyta (left)

Staff Advisors to Regents Visit UCI

The staff advisors to the regents visited UCI April 21 to gather opinions and insights for use in their efforts to increase communication between the regents and UC staff and promote a positive work environment. Staff advisor Bill Johansen (right) of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and advisor-designate Edward Abeyta (left) of UCSD Extension met with more than 150 Irvine staff during a daylong series of events that included attending the chancellor’s cabinet meeting and an open staff forum.

Susan Desmond-Hellmann Linda Katehi

Yudof Recommends Chancellor Candidates for Davis, San Francisco

University of California President Mark G. Yudof is bringing the names of two candidates to serve as chancellors of UC Davis and UC San Francisco to the May 7 meeting of the UC Board of Regents. Both appointments are subject to approval of the board and would take effect this summer. Yudof recommends Susan Desmond-Hellmann (left) to lead UC San Francisco and Linda Katehi (right) to lead UC Davis.

Involvement Opportunity

Faculty & Staff Wellness & Safety Fair

Wellness & Safety Fair Seeks Volunteers

The 3rd annual Faculty & Staff Wellness & Safety Fair is just around the corner Wednesday, May 20, and the Wellness & Safety Partnership is looking for volunteers. Donate at least one hour of time to help set up, check in vendors, assist registration and more 8 a.m.-3 p.m. As a thank-you gift, all volunteers will receive an event T-shirt to wear during the fair. If interested, register via TED (keyword: Volunteer Fair) and attend the volunteer meeting 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at the Anteater Recreation Center. (Meeting attendance is not required to volunteer, but it’s greatly appreciated.)


Chancellor Ralph Cicerone at baseball field

Cicerone Baseball Field Dedication: Free Tickets Available for Staff

Join Staff Assembly and Athletics for the “Cicerone Field Dedication” and Anteaters baseball when No. 1-ranked UCI takes on UCLA at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Anteater Ballpark. Bring family and friends to the annual Staff Assembly Day and welcome back Chancellor Emeritus Ralph Cicerone (shown). Staff can reserve up to five complimentary tickets on a first-come, first-served basis via the Staff Assembly Web site. Pick up tickets at the Staff Assembly table outside the ballpark entrance starting at 5 p.m. game day. Sponsored by UCI Athletics and Irvine Mini Cooper, the tickets are for the grass area, so bring blankets or lawn chairs.
Contact: Mike Puritz,

Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Michael R. Gottfredson

Staff Invited to a ‘Meal with Mike’

Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Michael Gottfredson hosts monthly “Meals with Mike” at which he chats with staff members over lunch. The next lunch takes place at noon-1 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the University Club. Enjoy a delicious meal while sharing constructive ideas, asking questions or discussing your department’s achievements, goals and challenges. Sign up online via TED.
Contact: Jeri Frederick,

Thomas Parham

Stress Management Workshop Available

The Mental Health Initiative and the Wellness & Safety Partnership present “Navigating Through Difficult Times: Stress Management Workshop.” Faculty and staff who are struggling with economic or other current challenges and are looking for coping strategies can attend an interactive workshop noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at the Cross-Cultural Center’s Joseph L. White Conference Room. Listen to a distinguished panel, discover resources available to university employees, and join in a practical strategy workshop on how to manage stress led by Thomas Parham (shown), counseling & health services assistant vice chancellor. A light lunch will be served. The event is free, but on a first-come, first-served basis. Register via TED.

Spring QRAM Meeting

Spring QRAM Meeting Set

The Office of Research Administration will hold its spring Quarterly Research Administration Meeting at 3-4:30 p.m. Monday, May 11, at the University Club Library. Featured speakers are Rebecca Tangen, contracts & grants accounting manager, and Diane Nunes, compliance officer. Topics will include advice for developing a plan for a smooth fiscal year-end close, compliance reminders and new developments in Open Skies Agreements. In addition, Rich Lynch, budget office associate vice chancellor, and Long Yeu Sheng, budget office associate director, will describe coming events, including the new F&A rate proposal and space survey process. Seating is limited. Register via TED (keyword: QRAM).

Santa Monica Review

Bookstore Celebrates Santa Monica Review

The UCI Bookstore presents readings from the spring 2009 Santa Monica Review, featuring UCI’s own Andrew Tonkovich, English lecturer, at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Bookstore. The Santa Monica Review is a biannual publication showcasing the literary voices of established authors and emerging writers. The event also will feature readers Michael Jaime-Becerra and Emily Quinlan. Refreshments and Q&A follow.

May RecCast

Rock Wall Featured on May RecCast

Campus Recreation’s May RecCast focuses on the Anteater Recreation Center’s rock wall. The monthly video series includes a spotlight on a club sport and pertinent information about intramurals. Every RecCast also offers a chance to win prizes for answering a trivia question at the end of each episode.

Wellness & Safety Partnership

Wellness & Safety Partnership: Did You Know?

In one year, UCI’s Sustainable Transportation/rideshare programs eliminate more than 39 million vehicle miles, 19,564 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, and save the university more than $21 million.


Rafael L. Bras

Bras Honored with MIT’s Killian Award

Rafael L. Bras, engineering dean and Distinguished Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, gave the 2008-2009 James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award lecture at MIT at the end of March. Addressing “Planet Water: Complexity and Organization in Earth Systems,” Bras talked about the intricate relationships found among oceans, land, atmosphere and plant life. The award was established in 1971, as a tribute to MIT’s 10th president. Bras was recognized and celebrated by his former MIT colleagues for his numerous academic and social contributions to the study and research of water over the last 33 years, as well as his compassion and advocacy for social justice and his drive to make the world a more humane place.

Don Saari

Saari Named SIAM Fellow

Don Saari, Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences director and Distinguished Professor of Economics & Mathematics, has been named a Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics 2009 Fellow. Saari is one of 183 SIAM fellows recognized for key contributions to applied mathematics and computational science. Saari’s research interests include dynamical systems, voting and decision theory, social choice, micro-economics, dynamics in economics and behavioral sciences, and evolutionary games.

Jon Steller

Steller: A Winning Season

On his right arm, fifth-year volleyball player Jon Steller has tattooed Greek numbers symbolizing his favorite biblical passage: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” He can see the tattoo when he makes a “kill” – a volleyball spike the opposing team is unable to return; when he rolls up his sleeves while volunteering at a free healthcare clinic in Mexico; and when he’s in class, pursuing a double major in neurobiology and classics. That philosophy has made him a winner on the court, in the community and at school, earning him the 2009 Lauds & Laurels award for outstanding student-athlete. (The UCI Alumni Association’s Lauds & Laurels ceremony takes place Thursday, May 14, at the Hilton Irvine.)

Sports Update


Highlight: Baseball

No. 1 baseball hosts San Diego at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at Anteater Ballpark. The Anteaters also are featured in a video on CBS2 as “evolving into a baseball powerhouse.”

Peter the Anteater

Keeping Score

Follow these links to get the Anteaters’ latest results.

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Daniele Piomelli

Piomelli on Eating to Learn

“Studies show that it’s not because they [children who eat breakfast] learn better, but because they remember better.” – Daniele Piomelli, Louise Turner Arnold Chair in Neurosciences, commenting on his findings that fatty foods affect long-term memory. National Geographic News, April 27, 2009.

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Featured Events

Etel Solingen

Center for Global Peace & Conflict Studies

Economic Statecraft, the Six-Party Talks and Nuclear Proliferation. With Etel Solingen, political science professor. 12:30-1:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 6. Social Science Tower, Room 777.
Reza Pahlavi

Political Science and Center for the Study of Democracy

Iran-U.S. Relations at a New Crossroad. With Reza Pahlavi, son of the former shah of Iran. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6. Student Center, Crystal Cove Auditorium. Free.
Patrick Suppes

Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences

Neglect of Independence and Randomness in the Axioms of Probability. With Patrick Suppes, Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, Stanford University. 4-5 p.m. Thursday, May 7. Social Science Plaza A. Room 2112.
Golden Gate Bridge. Photo by Jon Sullivan.

Community Outreach Partnership Center

How Tainted the Golden State? Assessing the Fallout of California’s Economic Crisis. With Cynthia Kroll, senior regional economist, Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7. University Club Library. Free. R.S.V.P.
Future of Inequality in China cover

History and Center for Asian Studies

Sixth Annual Wan-Lin Kiang Lecture: The Future of Inequality in China. With Carl Riskin, Distinguished Professor of Economics, Queens College, City University of New York. 6-7 p.m. reception, Student Center, Doheny Beach B. 7-8:30 p.m. lecture; Student Center, Doheny Beach A, Thursday, May 7. Free. R.S.V.P.
Sleep Dealer

Film & Video Center

Cosecha Latina/Latin Harvest – Sleep Dealer. With director Alex Rivera. Reception 6:30 p.m., screening 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7; Q&A session follows. Humanities Instructional Building, Lucille Kuehn Auditorium, Room 100. $3-5.
Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion

Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion

Open House. 10 a.m.-noon Friday, May 8. Social Science Tower, Room 585.
Women’s Wellness Day 

Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine

Women’s Wellness Day – Destination Wellness: The Journey to Healing Through Mind-Body-Energy Medicine. With keynotes Dr. Wayne Jonas, Samueli Institute president & CEO, and Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine director of fellowship. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9. The Island Hotel, Newport Beach. $85-$145. Registration required.
Campus Assault Resources & Education

Campus Assault Resources & Education and UCI Police Department

UCIPD CAREs. Noon-1 p.m. Monday, May 11. Aldrich Hall, Room 404.
Elianne van Steenbergen

Gender, Work & Family Research Group

The Sunny Side of Work-Family Role Combination. With Elianne van Steenbergen, visiting scholar, UCLA. Noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Social Science Plaza B, Room 4206.
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im

International Studies Public Forum and Center for Global Peace & Conflict Studies

18th Annual Margolis Lecture – Faith in Peace: The International Criminal Court and the Darfur Crisis. With Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Emory University. 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Student Center, Pacific Ballroom A/B.
Nancy Wexler. Photo by Rob Marinissen.

Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory

Genetic Jeopardy: Lessons Learned from Huntington’s Disease. With Nancy Wexler, Higgins Professor of Neuropsychology, Columbia University, and Hereditary Disease Foundation president. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Irvine Barclay Theatre. Free.
Dan L. Burk

School of Law

Chancellor’s Chair Investiture and Lecture – Virtual Worlds, Virtual Property: Copyright and Paratext in Computer Gaming. With Dan L. Burk, Chancellor’s Professor of Law. 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 13. Calit2 Building. Reception follows. R.S.V.P. Free with reservation. One hour MCLE available through UC Irvine Extension.
Women in Water

Urban Water Research Center

Women in Water – Climate Change and the American West: Can We Adapt? With Pat Mulroy, general manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority and Las Vegas Valley Water District. 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13. Beckman Center. Reception follows. Free. R.S.V.P. requested.
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