Volume II, Issue 8: May 2010


In praise of Peltason

Jack Peltason
As UCI chancellor from 1984 to 1992, Jack Peltason oversaw a period of unprecedented growth in the campus's physical size, enrollment and funding.

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.

Peltason award »

Alumnus appointed state economic development director

Joel Ayala
Joel Ayala

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.

Professor proves math can be beautiful

Computer-generated image
This award-winning computer-generated image, "Kuen's Surface: A Meditation on Euclid, Lobachevsky & Quantum Fields," symbolizes a mathematical equation.

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.

Luce named fellow of Econometric Society

R. Duncan Luce
R. Duncan Luce

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.

Luce honored »

Asian studies association honors author

Susan Greenhalgh
Susan Greenhalgh

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.

Greenhalgh award »

Fisk elected to American Philosophical Society

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.