Construction projects are under way in every sector of UCI, providing state-of-the-art facilities to support evolving needs in research, teaching and healthcare. To check on the progress of major projects, visit the online Construction Update. An interactive map provides details on each project, including Humanities Gateway, the new stem cell facility and law school library.
UCI has been honored for its efforts to go "green." The university won a 2008 Governor's Environmental & Economic Leadership Award for its Sustainable Transportation program's innovative approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating the effects of climate change. GEELA is California’s most prestigious environmental honor. The award program recognizes exceptional leadership in conserving state resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, and building public-private partnerships. Recipients are chosen in eight categories; UCI won in the climate change category.
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Twenty UCI science and engineering researchers were named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science – the largest class in 2008 of any university or institution in the U.S. AAAS fellows are chosen for distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society. The researchers from biology, physical sciences, health sciences, information & computer sciences, and engineering join the 85 current and former UCI faculty members who have earned this honor.
Dr. Louis A. Gottschalk, a pioneering neuroscientist, distinguished professor and university benefactor, died in his Corona del Mar home Thanksgiving Day. He was 92. Dr. Gottschalk joined UCI in 1967 as founding chair of psychiatry and human behavior. As a researcher, he enhanced the neurobiological understanding of schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, addiction, violent behavior and hyperactivity, among other conditions. He received the university's highest honor, the UC Irvine Medal, in recognition of his many contributions, including a $1.5-million gift in 1997 to create the Louis A. and Helen C. Gottschalk Endowed Fund in the College of Medicine. In 1997, the university renamed UCI Medical Plaza as the Louis A. and Helen C. Gottschalk Medical Plaza after him and his late wife, a UCI dermatology professor.
Nick Scandone '90, who became a world champion sailor while battling Lou Gehrig's disease, died in his Fountain Valley home Jan. 2 at age 42. Scandone was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, six years ago, but the paralyzing disease didn't deter him from achieving his dream of winning an Olympic gold medal in sailing. He won the medal three months ago at the 2008 Paralympic Sailing Regatta in Quindao, China. Scandone, who received his bachelor's in social sciences from UCI, is survived by his wife, Mary Kate; father Vincent Scandone Sr.; and brother Vincent "Rocky" Scandone.