Volume IV, Issue 3: November 2011


Rajiv Ramdeo recommends calming places on campus

Rajiv Ramdeo
Rajiv Ramdeo

Need to take a meditation break between classes? Want to find your happy place at UCI? Rajiv Ramdeo '07 — who won the 2006 XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship for promoting meditation on campus – has some suggestions. After earning a master's in public health at UCI in June and completing a summer research project at the London School of Economics, Ramdeo is now pursuing a career in healthcare management. He's also creating a website to teach people how to meditate: www.calmwithin.org.

"Throughout my undergraduate and graduate years at UCI, I got to explore a great deal of the ever-growing campus," Ramdeo says. "The following places are ones that I discovered to be wonderful getaway spots from the hectic student life. You can always find an empty classroom or quiet space in the library too."

His list (with GPS coordinates that link to Google maps):

  • Jao Family Sculpture Garden in Aldrich Park (33.647684,-117.842919)
  • Rocky knoll in center of park (33.646144,-117.842806)
  • Daniel G. Aldrich Jr. memorial/stone bench (33.646162,-117.842556)
  • Maya Lin water table in the Arts Plaza (33.649596,-117.844873)
  • Space between Natural Sciences II and Croul Hall (33.643861,-117.844989)
  • Flower garden next to Social Ecology I (33.646211,-117.83926)
  • Benches at back entrance of Engineering Lecture Hall
  • Benches behind Ayala Science Library (33.645863,-117.847244)
  • Entrance of Frederick Reines Hall (33.644059,-117.843612)

Ramdeo's close-to campus recommendations include the meditation space at the Center for Living Peace, any one of the nearby beaches and UCI Arboretum.

'Celebration of Stars' salutes campus luminaries

Arts students on stage
Students from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts provide entertainment for the vintage-Hollywood-themed event.

More than 500 guests turned out for "A Celebration of Stars — the 2011 Medal Awards." Net charitable proceeds from the $1.1 million raised by the October gala will benefit graduate fellowships, scholarships and other student-focused projects through the Shaping the Future campaign. UCI's signature event honors recipients of the UCI Medal for their profound impact on the university. The 2011 winners are Barbara Davidson, Manuel Gómez, Michael Mussallem and Larry Overman.

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Parham named vice chancellor for student affairs

Thomas A. Parham
Thomas A. Parham

Thomas A. Parham '77 has been named vice chancellor for student affairs. He served 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. Previously, Parham was director of the Career Center and Counseling Center, assistant vice chancellor for counseling & health services, and an adjunct faculty member.

Parham appointment »

UCI psychiatrist wins Sarnat prize for mood disorders research

Dr. William Bunney
Dr. William E. Bunney is a pioneer in the biological approach to understanding mood disorders.

Dr. William E. Bunney, Distinguished Professor of psychiatry & human behavior at UCI's School of Medicine, has been awarded the prestigious Institute of Medicine's 2011 Rhoda & Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health for his work enhancing the treatment and understanding of mood disorders. Acknowledging Bunney's research on key biological abnormalities in depression and schizophrenia, the prize — consisting of a medal and $20,000 — was presented at the IOM's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Sarnat prize »

In memoriam: James Richard Arvo

James Richard Arvo
James Richard Arvo

James Richard Arvo, associate professor of electrical engineering & computer science, died Oct. 19. He was 55. Arvo was an influential researcher in computer graphics best known for his work on the simulation of light for realistic image synthesis; his findings contributed to photorealistic rendering techniques used today. He served as a computer graphics consultant for the Pixar and Disney animation studios and in 2006 received a UCI Celebration of Teaching Award for excellence in undergraduate instruction. Arvo is survived by his wife, Erin Shaw, a computer scientist at the USC Information Sciences Institute, and their son, Julian.

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In memoriam: Dr. Agnes Henschen-Edman

Agnes Henschen-Edman
Dr. Agnes Henschen-Edman

Dr. Agnes Henschen-Edman, professor emerita of molecular biology & biochemistry, died of natural causes Oct. 23 in her University Hills home. She was a pioneer in the characterization of the blood coagulation protein fibrinogen and was the first person to report its amino acid sequence. Henschen-Edman earned her medical degree and doctorate at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute in 1964 and worked for many years with her husband, Pehr Edman, at the Max-Planck Institute in Germany. In 1989, she came to UCI, where she extended her research interests beyond fibrinogen to include protein structure, protein function and posttranslational modifications. Henschen-Edman was instrumental in establishing UCI's first sequencing facility.

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In memoriam: Carl A. Friehe

Carl A. Friehe
Carl A. Friehe

Carl A. Friehe, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, died Sept. 1 after a long illness. He held a joint appointment in Earth system science. His research fields included geophysical turbulence, micrometeorology and instrumentation. Friehe was deeply involved in the research community, specifically the Office of Naval Research, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the National Science Foundation.

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