Volume III, Issue 4: January 2011


Fighting flab on campus

Carolyn Keddington
Carolyn Keddington
Convincing college students to drop the Doritos and eat more carrot sticks or other healthy fare is no small job. As coordinator of nutrition & youth programs for UCI Campus Recreation — and the mother of two college students of her own — dietician Carolyn Keddington has plenty of experience teaching people good eating habits. Her back-to-basics suggestions for losing weight can be adopted as belated New Year's resolutions by anyone struggling with a post-holiday food hangover.
  • Breakfast is your most important meal of the day. Don't skip it — even if you wake up at 10 a.m. A high-fiber breakfast such as oatmeal or shredded wheat cereal can keep you from making poor choices later in the day.
  • Drink less soda and coffee and more water. Such beverages, especially Coke and Mountain Dew, are filled with caffeine and will dehydrate you. Your body needs water to function. Carry a water bottle with you throughout the day and have it at your desk when you study or work.
  • Eat foods that are grilled or baked instead of fried. Choose chicken or fish over a cheeseburger or pizza, and rice or potatoes over french fries. Fried foods add extra calories you probably don't want.
  • Everyone knows you need fruits and vegetables, but did you know you need four to six servings per day? Your plate at every meal should consist of one-third lean protein, one-third high-fiber carbohydrate and one-third vegetables or salad.
  • College students stay up late because they wake up late. If you snack late at night, make it more of a regular meal instead of dessert. Have healthy options in your room or apartment such as yogurt, fruit, cereal and sandwich fixings. This will help you avoid pizza, chips, ice cream and other fatty foods.

Braun is first UCI student to earn Rhodes scholarship

Megan C. Braun
Megan C. Braun

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.

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Voting expert awarded honorary doctorate

Grogman, queen and rector pose at awards ceremony
Bernard Grofman (left) with the queen of Denmark and the University of Copenhagen rector

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.

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Miledi wins Society for Neuroscience prize

Dr. Ricardo Miledi
Dr. Ricardo Miledi

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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Saudi prince's international water prize goes to engineering professor

Soroosh Sorooshian

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.

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Four Anteaters receive Fulbrights

James Steintrager
James Steintrager

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.

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