Volume II, Issue 10: July 2010


Iain Grainger shares his video picks

Iain Grainger
Iain Grainger

As campus media producer/director and manager of instructional technology at UCI's Teaching, Learning & Technology Center, Iain Grainger spends a lot of time making and watching videos. So he seemed a natural choice to offer up a list of favorite YouTube flicks. If his picks reflect a bit of a British bias, it's because Grainger's a native of England. His World Cup entry, for instance, isn't from 2010 but 1966. Guess who won that year? Here are his recommended videos:

Charlie bit me!: This was the first YouTube video I ever watched with my wife and kids, and we laughed so much. It's a classic — plus the kid has an English accent, and we all love an English accent, right? Charlie »

World Cup winners 1966: Although this year's World Cup in South Africa has been entertaining (if you're from Spain or Holland), the moment England lifted the trophy in 1966 is one of the most memorable times of my life — although I was only 1 year old! World Cup, 1966 »

Great white shark attack: I've always held a fascination for massive, angry killing machines, and great whites fit that bill perfectly. This footage of them off the coast of South Africa is spectacular. Shark attack »

Boney M: Ever get that 3 p.m. need for a little office pick-me-up? I usually crank up the volume on the best band ever. This video reminds me of when I was a young lad back in Yorkshire, grooving with Boney M — those moves, that hair, those lyrics. A sure-fire hit! Boney M »

UCI food services video: We recently produced more than 20 videos for the Office of Admissions & Relations with Schools, centered around a campus tour theme. It was three entertaining days of filming here at UCI. This one's my favorite, about food services. UCI food services »

Pierre Baldi gets international prize for neural networks research

Pierre Baldi
Pierre Baldi

Pierre Baldi, Chancellor's Professor of computer science and Institute for Genomics & Bioinformatics director, has been awarded the 2010 Eduardo R. Caianiello Prize by the Italian Neural Networks Society for significant contributions to the field of neural networks. The prize is named after the late Italian physicist Caianiello, a pioneer in neural networks — circuits of biological or artificial neurons. Past recipients include Nobel Prize winners Torsten Wiesel and Gerald Edelman. Baldi researches intelligence in natural and artificial neural systems.

Baldi honored »

Calavita appointed to political & social science academy

Kitty Calavita
Kitty Calavita

The American Academy of Political & Social Science inducted Kitty Calavita, Chancellor's Professor of criminology, law & society, as a Thorsten Sellin Fellow at a May ceremony in Washington, D.C. Fellows are selected for their outstanding contributions to the social sciences and sustained efforts to communicate their research beyond academia to the policymaking world and public. Calavita was recognized for her research on immigration law and policy.

Hubbard named Computerworld Honors Program laureate

Ronald D. Hubbard, senior director of external relations & development in the School of Physical Sciences, is among 151 laureates named recently by the Computerworld Honors Program. He was recognized for his work on a case study outlining collaboration between UCI dark particle physicists and Intel Corp. The 22-year-old program acknowledges visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

Hubbard honored »

In memoriam: Juan Bruce-Novoa

Juan Bruce-Novoa and Mary Ann Giroux Bruce.
Juan Bruce-Novoa and his wife, Mary Ann Giroux Bruce

Spanish & Portuguese professor Juan Bruce-Novoapassed away recently at the age of 66. Bruce-Novoa co-founded UC-Mexicanistas, an international association for the study of Mexican literature and culture, and published numerous articles on the Ruptura generation of artists, architects and writers in Mexico. "Juan was an exceptional colleague, intellectual and friend, and his loss is huge for the department, UCI and Hispanic studies in the world," says Gonzalo Navajas, Spanish & Portuguese professor. Friends and colleagues can post remembrances at http://juanbrucenovoa.wordpress.com/.