Just in time for Earth Day, April 22, here are five tips for saving energy — and money — from Courtney Burkes, fitness & wellness director with UCI Campus Recreation. Burkes oversees Green Up UCI, which offers conservation ideas to faculty and staff. For information on more such efforts, visit the university's sustainability website.
More than 300 people turned out for "Wine for the MIND: Saving Memories with Style," a fashion show and fundraiser for UCI's Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, held in February at the home and gardens of Rand and Rosemary Sperry in Orange. Among those attending were celebrity guest Donna Mills, master of ceremonies Vince Ferragamo, "Real Orange" news anchor Ed Arnold and event chair Jacqueline DuPont. Some familiar faces from UCI were seen on the runway, including Daniel G. Aldrich III and his wife, Elaine; Dr. Neal Hermanowicz; UCI MIND Institute director Frank LaFerla; and Dr. Leslie Thompson.
Brando Skyhorse, M.F.A. '97 has received the 2011 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for his novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park. The book follows the intersecting lives of eight residents of Echo Park — a Mexican neighborhood in East Los Angeles — after a tragic drive-by shooting. The Hemingway/PEN Foundation Award is given for a novel or book of short stories by an American author who has not previously published a book of fiction.
Amy Powell, assistant professor of art history, was awarded the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Senior Fellowship and the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute Clark Fellowship. She will spend a year in Washington, D.C., at CASVA researching how the Protestant iconoclasms of 1566 shaped the making of Dutch landscapes in the century or so after. Powell's research interests include Northern European art and visual culture from 1300 to 1700.
Dr. J. Stuart Nelson and the Beckman Laser Institute were recognized by the U.S. Probation Service in Orange County and U.S. District Judge David O. Carter for an innovative tattoo removal program that helps men and women integrate into society after completing federal prison terms. Nelson, UCI professor of surgery and BLI medical director, uses the institute's novel laser technology to erase tattoo images. Under the federal program, he has worked with about two dozen probationers to remove hand, lower arm and neck tattoos that may hinder their efforts to find employment. Nelson and other BLI members were honored during a March ceremony in the Ronald Reagan Federal Building & Courthouse in downtown Santa Ana.