UCI's demonstrated commitment to carbon reduction strategies has earned it a 2011 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award. Honoring distinguished American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment signatory institutions, the award was announced in June at the ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. UCI was recognized in the category for doctorate-granting universities. "Within its operations, curriculum and research, UCI is preparing its graduates to create a low-carbon society," said Anthony Cortese, president of Second Nature, a nonprofit corporation supporting the ACUPCC. "As a major research institution, UC Irvine is an exemplary model in developing climate solutions."
An anonymous $10 million donation will support UCI's top scientists and their transformational research, as well as help with construction of a new building in The Paul Merage School of Business. The endowed research fund established by the gift totals $9 million and is designed to empower faculty to pursue groundbreaking research and leverage matching support opportunities from government agencies and foundations that require campus contributions — exponentially increasing the donation's impact. The new business building will receive $1 million.
UCI's School of Law, which opened in August 2009, has been awarded provisional accreditation by the American Bar Association's Council of the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Law schools are eligible for provisional accreditation — which means graduates can take the state bar exam without a qualifying "baby bar" exam — after two years and full accreditation after five.
UCI has received a five-year, $2.5 million award from the National Nuclear Security Administration for nonproliferation research and education, joining a new consortium of universities. The group will focus on hands-on training of undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of nuclear physics, nuclear and radiation chemistry, nuclear engineering, nuclear instrumentation and public policy. Chemist George Miller, who will lead UCI's efforts with the group, said: "This project will broadly educate students in nuclear science and technology who can proceed to support the nation's present and future goals for worldwide nuclear security."