Class is in session for 61 students who looked at the faculty and philosophy behind UC Irvine School of Law and decided, "That's for me." The first new public law school in California in 40 years opened its doors Aug. 24 with a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. Victoria Ortiz, assistant dean of student services for the law school, calls the inaugural class "pathmakers" for their eagerness to help build a school with an innovative curriculum emphasizing hands-on clinical experience and public service as well as the theory and substance of law.
You didn't need an invite. You didn't even need to know the happy couple — Kevin Heinz and Jill Peterson, a graduate student in social ecology. All you needed was to watch "JK Wedding Entrance Dance" on YouTube, as more than 24 million others have done, to catch wedding dance fever. This summer the bridal boogie video went viral, the couple became talk show celebrities, and — after shaking off a parody called "JK Divorce Entrance Dance" — husband and wife have gone on to live happily ever after.
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As campus construction projects go, this one was on the small side: Facilities Management volunteers once again contributed their spare time, sweat and talent to build a playhouse to provide real shelter for the homeless. UCI's fourth entry to Project Playhouse, a pint-size coastal cottage, was auctioned Sept. 12 with eight other mini-homes at the Irvine Spectrum Center to raise funds for HomeAid Orange County.
UCI has been chosen to lead the new Southern California Center for Galaxy Evolution, the largest institute of its kind in the world. With about $1.3 million over five years in UC Multicampus Research Programs & Initiatives funding, the center brings together 26 scientists from UC campuses in Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Barbara and San Diego to research how galaxies such as the Milky Way emerged from the big bang.
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Get ready to rewrite those expensive astronomy textbooks: UCI cosmologists have found two supernovae farther away than any previously detected. The dying stars occurred 11 billion years ago, while the next-farthest large supernova occurred a mere 6 billion years ago. "The universe is about 13.7 billion years old, so really we are seeing some of the first stars ever formed," said Jeff Cooke, McCue Postdoctoral Fellow in physics & astronomy, who spotted the supernovae.