Academic Senate Hosts Distinguished Faculty Award Ceremony: 3 Bio Sci Faculty Honored

November 18, 2010 The 2010-11 Academic Senate Distinguished Faculty Awards will be presented 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the University Club. John C. Avise (shown), Distinguished Faculty Award for Research recipient, will give a lecture titled “A Naturalist in the Age of Genetics.” In addition, the following award recipients will be honored: Michael Franz, … Read More […]

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Dr. Ricardo Miledi wins prestigious neuroscience award

November 17, 2010 8:30 a.m. Dr. Ricardo Miledi, UCI Distinguished Professor of neurobiology & behavior, has won the Society for Neuroscience’s Ralph W. Gerard Prize for outstanding contributions to the field. The $25,000 prize was awarded this week during the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego. Over a career of more than 50 years, Miledi has discovered … Read More […]

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Science Library renamed for renowned professor Francisco J. Ayala

October 18, 2010 11:05 a.m. UC Irvine’s Science Library was formally renamed the Francisco J. Ayala Science Library on Friday, Oct. 15. Chancellor Michael Drake, biological sciences deanr Albert Bennett and 2010 UCI Medal recipient Hazem Chehabi lauded the Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences’ lifelong work as a biologist, his success at bridging the schism between … Read More […]

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UCI scientists decode genomes of sexually precocious fruit flies

Breakthrough study could transform drug, aging and fertility research — Irvine, Calif., September 16, 2010 — UC Irvine researchers have deciphered how lowly fruit flies bred to rapidly develop and reproduce actually evolve over time. The findings, reported in the Sept. 15 online issue of Nature, contradict the long-held belief that sexual beings evolve the same way simpler organisms … Read More […]

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Distinguishing ‘senior moments’ from Alzheimer’s

UCI researchers locate brain passage that could aid early diagnosis — Irvine, Calif., August 10, 2010 — With the help of volunteers aged 18 to 89, UC Irvine researchers have identified for the first time in humans a long-hidden part of the brain called the perforant path. Scientists have struggled for decades to locate the tiny passage, … Read More […]

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Immune system helps transplanted stem cells navigate in central nervous system

UCI study provides blueprint for enhanced treatment of inflammatory diseases like MS — Irvine, Calif., June 01, 2010 — Steve Zylius / University Communications Tom Lane is helping lead UCI’s efforts to find stem cell-based treatments for MS. By discovering how adult neural stem cells navigate to injury sites in the central nervous system, UC Irvine researchers … Read More […]

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Diane O’Dowd receives Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant

May 24, 2010 Colleagues, Please join me in congratulating Diane O’Dowd for her recent grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The four-year award of $600,000 will continue Diane’s excellent work helping science faculty in developing effective teaching techniques while maintaining their careers in research. Diane is one of only thirteen faculty nationwide selected to … Read More […]

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UCI to name Science Library in honor of Francisco J. Ayala

Evolutionary biologist to donate Templeton Prize award of $1.5 million to support graduate education in biological sciences at UCI — Irvine, Calif., April 22, 2010 — UC Irvine will rename its Science Library the Francisco J. Ayala Science Library in recognition of the world-renowned evolutionary biologist’s considerable scientific achievements and contributions to the campus. Ayala, the Donald Bren Professor … Read More […]

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Plant growth aided by insect-feeding animals

Study shows how birds, bats and lizards play their roles in preserving plant species in face of global climate change — Irvine, Calif., April 7, 2010 — Add insect-feeding birds, bats and lizards to the front lines of the battle against global climate change. Summarizing the results of more than 100 experiments conducted on four continents, UC Irvine … Read More […]

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Soil microbes produce less atmospheric CO2 than expected with climate warming

Key players in the carbon cycle, they multiply slowly when overheated — Irvine, Calif., April 26, 2010 — The physiology of microbes living underground could determine the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from soil on a warmer Earth, according to a study published online this week in Nature Geoscience. Researchers at UC Irvine, Colorado State University and the … Read More […]

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