Megan C. Braun'10 has become the first UCI student to win a prestigious Rhodes scholarship, which funds study at the University of Oxford in England. She's among 32 Americans and 80 students internationally to be named 2011 Rhodes scholars. Braun graduated from UCI with a bachelor's in history and a minor in philosophy. A junior member of Phi Beta Kappa, she was president of the student government for two years and goalie for the women's varsity water polo team. In 2010, she garnered a Living Our Values Award and the UCI Alumni Association's Lauds & Laurels award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student.
Bernard Grofman, Jack W. Peltason Endowed Chair and political science professor, has received an honorary doctorate in political science from Denmark's University of Copenhagen. Presented at a November ceremony, the award recognizes Grofman, director of UCI's Center for the Study of Democracy, for his work on voting theory, voter behavior, electoral systems and parliamentary processes.
Dr. Ricardo Miledi, UCI Distinguished Professor of neurobiology & behavior, has won the Society for Neuroscience's Ralph W. Gerard Prize for outstanding contributions to the field. The $25,000 prize was awarded in November during the organization's annual meeting in San Diego. Over a career of more than 50 years, Miledi has discovered the plasticity of neurotransmitter receptors in the nervous system and how motor nerves control the chemical sensitivity of receptors at neuromuscular junctions.
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Soroosh Sorooshian, UCI Distinguished Professor of civil & environmental engineering, was awarded Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz's 2008-10 International Prize for Water, in the category of water resources management and protection. The mathematical modeling tools developed by Sorooshian and his research team are used by hydrologic services worldwide for flood forecasting. The prize seeks to encourage the development of "proactive, practical and cost-effective means of making water available to people wherever they may be." Leading international scientists determine winners biennially in five categories. Sorooshian, director of UCI's Center for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensing, said he'll donate much of the $130,000 prize to charity.
Three UCI faculty members and one graduate student have received lucrative Fulbright Scholarships to continue their academic pursuits abroad in 2010-11. Studio art professor Yong Soon Min is in South Korea for her project, "Women in Love: Melodramas of Romance & Intimacy in Korean Television." Comparative literature professor Jane Ogden Newmanis in Berlin doing research on "Benjamin's Library: Modernity, Nation & the Baroque." English chair and professor James Steintrager is lecturing and researching in Hong Kong on "The Culture Paradigm: Its Emergence & Limitations." And physics & astronomy graduate student Aniketa Anil Shinde's project, "Enhancing Material Science," has taken her to Costa Rica. Additionally, researchers Jose Onorbe Bernis of Spain and Thang Ngo of Vietnam were awarded Fulbright visiting scholar grants to continue their work in UCI's School of Physical Sciences.