Who needs a football team when you can claim the world's biggest dodgeball game? UCI set a Guinness world record Sept. 22 when 1,745 students, faculty and staff played dodgeball at the Bren Events Center. Guinness World Records adjudicator Kimberly Partrick was on hand to certify the results. "I'm blown away by the turnout and everyone's school spirit — and how even Peter the Anteater got involved," she said. "This has been one of the most fun world-record attempts I've ever attended."
UCI offered a glimpse into the future of medical education Sept. 30 when it hosted an open house for the recently completed Medical Education Simulation Center. The crown jewel of the campus's new Medical Education Building, the technologically advanced, 3,000-square-foot simulation center represents the university's commitment to excellence in training the next generation of doctors and other healthcare specialists. Guests interacted with lifelike mannequins that can be programmed to mimic virtually any medical crisis. The center includes a mock full-scale operating room, ER, trauma bay, obstetrics suite and critical care unit.
UCI infectious disease specialist Dr. Susan Huang has received a three-year, $10 million grant to explore the effectiveness of new methods to prevent staph infections in people who harbor MRSA bacteria when discharged from the hospital. The federal Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality awarded Huang the grant as part of its CHOICE program, which is funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. About 1.8 million Americans carry MRSA.