Jack Peltason, UCI's second chancellor and the University of California's 16th president, has received the American Council on Education's Distinguished Service Award for "a lifetime of achievement and service to higher education and to ACE." The major coordinating body for U.S. higher education institutions, ACE provides leadership and a unifying voice on relevant issues and affects public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives. Peltason was president of ACE from 1977 to 1984.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Joel Ayala '89 director of the new Governor's Office of Economic Development, created in April as a one-stop shop to help businesses get the direction, information and resources they need to invest, succeed and expand in California. Ayala is the former president and CEO of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. He earned bachelor's degrees in political science and social ecology at UCI.
It looks like colorful spun glass, but the illustration shown here was created entirely by computer using special software that turns mathematical equations into arresting visuals, says Richard Palais, UCI adjunct professor of mathematics. The image earned Palais, who developed the software, and digital artist Luc Benard first place in the National Science Foundation's 2009 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. They also won the contest in 2006.
R. Duncan Luce, UCI Distinguished Professor emeritus of cognitive sciences and research professor emeritus of economics, has been elected a fellow of the Econometric Society. Founded in 1930, the international organization publishes the journal Econometrica and promotes the advancement of economic theory. The honor, which goes to no more than 15 people annually, acknowledges Luce for his significant contributions to the field.
UCI anthropologist Susan Greenhalgh, author of Just One Child: Science & Policy in Deng's China, has received the 2010 Joseph Levenson Book Prize for best nonfiction scholarly work on post-1900 China. Greenhalgh was honored by the Association for Asian Studies at its annual meeting this March in Philadelphia.
Zachary Fisk, Distinguished Professor of physics & astronomy at UCI, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society, joining about 1,000 leading U.S. and international scholars from a broad range of disciplines, including mathematics, physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts. Fisk is one of only two physicists elected to the APS this year.