Volume III, Issue 10: July 2011


Chancellor Drake's suggested summer reads

Chancellor Michael Drake
Chancellor Michael Drake
Wondering what to download to your e-reader this summer? Here are a few of the books that Chancellor Michael Drake often recommends. To find out more about what's on the chancellor's mind, follow him on Twitter: @UCI_Chancellor.
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared M. Diamond: I read this book a decade ago and have referred to passages in it hundreds of times since.
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: This is a wildly popular book by one of the very successful alumni of UCI's creative writing program.
  • The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien: This modern classic about Vietnam soldiers is a haunting exploration of war's impacts — both visible and hidden. It's painfully relevant again in our current geopolitical landscape.
  • The Enigma of Arrival, by V.S. Naipaul: Nobel Prize winner V.S. Naipaul's semi-autobiographical novel follows an immigrant coming to understand his place in his adoptive country England. I particularly enjoy his lyrical writing style.
  • The Human Comedy, by William Saroyan: As a kid, I was so engrossed in this story, set in California during World War II, that I'd rush home from school just to read the next chapter. It was the first book that I truly felt disappointed to finish.
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley: I read this the summer before my senior year of college. It moved an entire generation of students then and remains essential reading today.
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig: This novel gracefully guides readers through two millennia of philosophy with a particular focus on the ideal of quality in one's life.
  • Weep Not, Child, by Ngugi wa Thiong'o (writing as James Ngugi): In his groundbreaking first novel, Ngugi explores the personal and societal effects of colonization in his native Kenya. The book made a profound impact on me when I read it in college, and I'm delighted that Ngugi — a true international treasure — calls UCI home.

2010-11 brings UCI its first Rhodes Scholar, other fellowship winners

Megan Braun
Rhodes Scholar Megan Braun '10

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.

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Soltesz named chair of federal neuro-research panel

Ivan Soltesz
Ivan Soltesz, epilepsy researcher

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.

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Sassone-Corsi made external member of Max Planck Society

Paolo Sassone-Corsi
Paolo Sassone-Corsi, geneticist and expert on circadian rhythms

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.

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In memoriam: Kwang H. "Kane" Kim

Kwang H. "Kane" Kim
Kwang H. "Kane" Kim, electrical engineering and computer science professor

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.

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