Volume IV, Issue 2: October 2011


Web developer Sylvia Bass weighs in on the best apps

Sylvia Bass

If there’s an app for it, Sylvia Bass probably knows about it – and may have already downloaded it into her iPhone or iPad. Interim web content manager with UCI’s Office of Information Technology, she’s creative and savvy (check out her blog), an avid cook and, according to her OIT profile, well on her way to becoming a cat lady. Here’s her list of apps she can’t do without. We’re a little disappointed that Atomic Farts didn’t make the cut, but that’s another thing about Bass: She keeps it classy.

  • Kindle/iBooks: I love to read. Both of these apps sync up with my iPad, so I can pick up where I left off on either device.
  • Evernote: This app lets me jot down information from a browser on my computer, an iPhone or an iPad, so I can access it from multiple locations.
  • OmniFocus: I would be lost without this app. It's like a to-do list on steroids. Any project or even little to-do gets noted so I don't have to think about it. I go through the lists and check things off. It helps be more efficient and stop worrying about things I have forgotten. If it's in OmniFocus, it will get addressed.
  • Insight Timer: This simple app helps with meditation practice. It has a timer with lovely bells that count off when you begin and end your meditation and at intervals, if you wish. It also has journaling capabilities and a community function to keep you motivated.
  • NotesPlus: This iPad app allows me to take notes with a stylus in meetings. I'm still a little old-school and prefer to hand-write notes instead of type. It syncs up to GoogleDocs or DropBox for backup.
  • How to Cook Everything: This app is a kitchen companion to the Mark Bittman book How to Cook Everything. It has all the recipes plus such tools as timers, meal planners and shopping lists. It's great for novice cooks as well as more experienced ones. I love to cook, and I find myself referencing this app when I need a quick tip on how to cook something or an idea for dinner.

Grad student wins UCI’s first Henfield Prize for fiction writing

James Zwerneman
James Zwerneman

Third-year M.F.A. student James Zwerneman has received the first UCI Henfield Prize, established with a $300,000 endowment from the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation. The $10,000 annual award is among the most prestigious available to promising young authors. UCI is one of five universities whose creative writing programs have been chosen to award a Henfield Prize from 2011 forward for the best work of fiction written by one of their graduate students. Well-known honorees have included Walter Mosley, Mona Simpson and Ann Patchett. Zwerneman, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University who has lived in Israel, Spain and Grenada, is currently working on a novel and a collection of stories.

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President honors Amaro with Early Career Award

Rommie Amaro
Rommie Amaro joined the UCI faculty in 2009.

Rommie Amaro, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences and computer science, has been selected by President Obama for the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers. She’s among 94 recipients of the award, which was established in 1996 by the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and is the nation’s highest honor for young scientists and engineers at the outset of their careers. Winners get a citation, a plaque and funding for up to five years to advance their research. Amaro, 34, was lauded for her use of cutting-edge computational methods to help discover new drugs and to explore and shed light on the complex machinery of life at the microscopic level.

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Thomas A. Parham named UCI vice chancellor for student affairs

Thomas A. Parham
Thomas A. Parham

Vowing to help UCI students “grow in ways that are important to them,” Thomas A. Parham ’77 took the reins Sept. 22 as vice chancellor for student affairs. His appointment comes after a comprehensive national search. Parham has served enthusiastically as interim vice chancellor since September 2010, drawing upon his 27 years at UCI to oversee the development and administration of student affairs, educational programs, enrollment management, student financial aid, undergraduate and graduate housing, counseling and health services, student activities, campus recreation and auxiliary enterprises. Before assuming that role, he was director of the Career Center and Counseling Center, assistant vice chancellor for counseling & health services, and an adjunct faculty member.

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