Volume II, Issue 2: October 2009


Self-serve bike-sharing program gets rolling

ZotWheels bike port
Michelle S. Kim / University Communications
ZotWheels ports accommodating 40 bikes are located at Langson Library, the Student Center's lower lawn area, Physical Sciences and the Science Library.

UCI's reputation as an innovative, Earth-friendly campus got a bit, er, inflated recently with the launch of ZotWheels, the first automated bike-sharing program in the UC system. Ronald Fleming, interim director of Parking & Transportation Services, came up with the idea after renting a stroller from a self-serve vending station in an outlet mall. Now, for a $40 annual fee, students, faculty and staff can borrow a bicycle with the swipe of a membership card — replacing car trips around campus with pedal power.

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New center is serious about computer games

Walt Scacchi
Paul R. Kennedy
Senior research scientist Walt Scacchi of the UCI Institute for Software will lead the center with ICS Associate Dean Magda El Zarki.

UCI is getting its game on. The Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences has established a center to expand campuswide research into the social and technological aspects of games and virtual worlds. More than 20 faculty members from computer science, arts, humanities, social sciences and education will collaborate in the new Center for Computer Games & Virtual Worlds. Could a major in "World of Warcraft" be next?

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Single molecules: ready for their close-ups?

Chemist V. Ara Apkarian
Daniel A. Anderson / University Communications
Chemist V. Ara Apkarian and colleagues will attempt to be the first to record time-lapse images of single molecules.

With $20 million over five years from the National Science Foundation, UCI scientists hope to make real-time videos of single molecules in action — a feat that has proved elusive because size and time scales are so small. Success for UCI's Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit, one of three NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation, would accelerate the pace of nanoscience, which is miniaturizing technologies ranging from computers to radios to satellites.

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Kicking back with Peter the Anteater

Chancellor Michael Drake with Peter the Anteater statue
UCI Student Affairs
Chancellor Michael Drake joins Peter the Anteater on his bench.

Now you can hang out with Peter the Anteater at the Student Center Terrace. UCI's mascot has been warming a bench and posing for photos with Chancellor Michael Drake, students and anyone else who happens by. Sculptor Edward E. Hlavka created the bronze anteater, with support from UCI's class of 2003. Visit Peter, take a photo and submit it to vcsa@uci.edu.

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