UCI is celebrating its first-ever Rhodes Scholar, former Associated Students President Megan Braun '10, as well as three Fulbright grant winners and many other fellowship recipients. Braun, who earned a bachelor's in history, will join an elite group of Rhodes Scholars — 31 Americans and 80 international students – at the University of Oxford this fall. The award funds two years of study, with the possibility of a third year, at the British university. UCI's Scholarship Opportunities Program helps undergraduates prepare applications for prestigious merit scholarships.
Ivan Soltesz, anatomy & neurobiology chair and professor, has been elected chair of the Clinical Neuroplasticity & Neurotransmitters Study Section of the National Institutes of Health, a federal panel that allocates millions of dollars for biomedical research into epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury and diabetic neuropathy. Recognized as one of the country's top epilepsy researchers, Soltesz has garnered the Senator Jacob Javits Award in the Neurosciences, the U.S.'s top prize for cutting-edge research into brain disorders, and the Michael Prize, an illustrious international award for high-impact epilepsy research.
Paolo Sassone-Corsi, Donald Bren Professor and chair of pharmacology, has been selected as an external member of the Max Planck Society, one of the world's most prestigious scientific groups. The society comprises about 80 German institutes conducting basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. These academies are highly esteemed; 32 of their scientists have earned Nobel Prizes. Sassone-Corsi — an internationally recognized geneticist and leading expert on circadian rhythms — has been appointed to the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology & Epigenetics in Freiburg. He said this will allow him to expand research and collaborations between UCI's Center for Epigenetics & Metabolism, which he recently founded, and the German academy.
Kwang H. "Kane" Kim, electrical engineering and computer science professor, died June 2 after a long battle with cancer. He established the computer engineering program at UCI in 1986 and contributed actively to its growth. Kim pioneered areas of research and education in real-time computing, fault-tolerant computing, distributed computing, embedded systems and related areas. He received many accolades, including the coveted IEEE Technical Achievement Award, the IEEE Tsutomu Kanai Award and the SDPS Transformative Achievement Award. A memorial service was held in June, and a website has been created where friends and colleagues may leave messages and post photos.