On Tuesday, March 8, 2011 — 101 years after her birth — Claire Wemlinger Trevor was acknowledged with a star at UCI's Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress Eva Marie Saint assisted with the tribute. Trevor, who also garnered an Oscar and an Emmy, did stage, film, radio and TV work. In addition, she was a longtime Orange County resident, devoted wife and mother, painter, philanthropist and advocate of the arts and arts education.
The PARSA Community Foundation has awarded UCI's Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture a $300,000 grant to create the PARSA Community Foundation Lectureship in Persian Language & Culture. This allows the center — in the School of Humanities — to hire and permanently retain a first-rate teacher/scholar in Persian language and culture. "The grant provides a vital and timely response to student demand for more advanced levels of Persian language instruction and strengthens the center's role in the community," said Nasrin Rahimieh, Maseeh Chair and center director. The area around UCI has one of the largest Persian populations outside Iran.
Three of UCI's graduate programs received updated, top-50 rankings in U.S. News & World Report's 2012 edition of Best Grad Schools released March 15. These include programs in engineering, 39; business, 40; and education, 48. The annual report ranks programs based on national reputation and the quality of students and faculty. Only a portion of the graduate programs are re-evaluated each year. Including rankings from previous years, UCI now has 22 programs in the top 50. They are: literary criticism & theory, 1; criminology, 5; organic chemistry, 11; behavioral neuroscience, 12; physical chemistry, 12; cognitive psychology, 16; theoretical chemistry, 18; English, 22; chemistry, 26; sociology, 27; computer sciences, 28; psychology, 29; physics, 30; biological sciences, 34; political science, 36; economics, 42; history, 42; medicine, 42; and math, 43.