Volume II, Issue 4: January 2010


Campus launches Haiti relief effort

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As a humanitarian crisis unfolds in Haiti after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, the campus community is rallying to help. The Office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs has organized a relief effort for the hundreds of thousands of injured and displaced Haitians. A vigil at the Cross-Cultural Center and "Rally for Relief" at the UCI Student Center will take place Thursday, Jan. 21. In addition, Chen Li, associate professor of computer science, and six students have created a Haiti family reunification Web portal to help people find missing quake victims. For details of these and other efforts, see the UCI Center for Service in Action Web site.

Haiti relief effort »

Enhancing treatment for cancer patients

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The Ambient Experience suite at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is designed to lessen anxiety and discomfort for patients undergoing CT scanning.

Cancer patients undergoing CT scanning must lie perfectly still on a hard gurney for as long as 40 minutes — an unpleasant experience for those who are claustrophobic, anxious or in pain. To minimize their discomfort, the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center has installed the Ambient Experience CT suite, where patients can view videos of tropical beaches, the Australian outback (complete with kangaroo) and other relaxing scenes in a soothing, softly lit environment. The center also uses an innovative radiotherapy technology that reduces patients' radiation exposure.

High-tech cancer care »

University ranks high for value

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UCI has been named one of the "Best Value Colleges for 2010" by The Princeton Review and USA Today. The annual list includes 50 public and 50 private colleges and universities. The selections were based on surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 schools. In addition, UCI ranked 20th on Kiplinger's 2009-10 list of the 100 best values in public universities based on academics and affordability.

Princeton Review list »

Kiplinger's list »

Budget cuts spur write-in campaign

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Chancellor Michael Drake signs one of his letters to state legislators during the "Budget Write-In" at the Phineas Banning Alumni House.

A UCI student wrote that her single mother is supporting four smart children — two in the UC system and two more in the pipeline. She wanted lawmakers to know that her mom can't afford any more fee hikes. A UCI alumnus who lives in Los Angeles made a trip to campus because he has a son in high school and wants him to benefit from the same high-quality university education he enjoyed. Without more state support, he told legislators, that goal may soon be out of reach. The stories were varied, but the message was the same Dec. 1 at a "Budget Write-In" attended by UCI students, staff, faculty and alumni.

Write-in campaign »

Competition to promote learning through digital media

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Wanted: Designers, inventors, entrepreneurs, researchers and others to build digital media experiences that help young people learn in new and innovative ways. The University of California Humanities Research Institute, led by UCI's David Theo Goldberg, will administer a $2 million open competition for ideas that promote "participatory learning" through digital media. Past awardees include a video blogging project for young women in India and a mobile phone application that lets children conduct digital wildlife spotting.

Digital media competition »