UCI Alumni Newsletter
February 2015 Welcome!
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UCI, fellow chemists find a way to unboil eggs
UC Irvine and Australian chemists have figured out how to unboil egg whites – an innovation that could dramatically reduce costs for cancer treatments, food production and other segments of the $160 billion global biotechnology industry, according to the ChemBioChem journal.

If we can use the same technology to detect single cancer molecules, then that means we’d be able to find it extremely early,” chemistry professor, Greg Weiss says.

"What we do in the laboratory can alter people’s lives. I hope to spare other families the anguish mine went through. That’s my dream.” he states.
Weiss was motivated by the lung-cancer death of his father 11 years ago.

Read more about unboiling an egg >
Sweat, tears lead to breakthrough >

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There's No Place Like Home
Aldrich Park was hopping with nearly 5,000 alumni, students, family and friends at UCI's 50th Anniversary Homecoming.
Chck out the festivities > 
View gallery >

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UCI Men's Basketball Game & Pre-Game Alumni Reception with Chancellor Gillman
Thursday, Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m., UCI
Join fellow alumni and meet Chancellor Gillman at a pre-game reception to hear his vision for your university. Then, cheer on your 'Eaters at the men's basketball 'whiteout' game against Hawaii.

Register today! >

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Alumni Spotlight

Alumni as History Makers:
Keith Curry, Ed.D. '11, Jackie Lacey '79 & Windell Middlebrooks, '05

“Whatever your dreams are, whatever your purpose in life, whatever your calling … step out in faith and go forward. Stop waiting. Something that seems at first to be impossible may merely be difficult. Do not be afraid of the difficult. Keep going.” -Jackie Lacey '79

In recognition of Black History Month, three UCI alumni reflect on their UCI education and careers.
Read their stories >

Keith Curry and Jackie Lacey are both past recipients of the Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumni Award, the UCI Alumni Association's highest honor, for outstanding service to the university, community and their profession.

Related article: Honoring black histories on campus >

Did you know? UCI Alumni has a wide variety of regional, constituent and academic
alumni chapters including a Black Alumni Chapter.

Get involved and join a chapter today!
Don't see a group that interests you? Start a new chapter! Contact us at

Want your story or picture featured in the Summer/Fall 2015 print issue of the UCI Magazine? Have any exciting personal or professional news to share? Submit your pictures and updates to alumni@uci.edu

Photo courtesy of UC Irvine

Free Business School Insider Panel
Feb. 25, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Newkirk Alumni Center
Thinking about getting your MBA? Develop your competitive edge and attend the Business School Insider Panel. Admissions Officers from various MBA programs will give you inside information about admissions. Also learn more about how you can ace the GMAT or GRE. Register >

Recruit LA Career Expo
March 19, 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., USC
Whether you're looking to network or for a new career in finance, healthcare, technology, media, nonprofit, consulting, sales and more, you will find all the best companies and career opportunities at Recruit LA.
Register >

Free Webinar: Teaching English Abroad Info Session

Feb. 19, 4:00-5:00 p.m. or Feb. 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Register >

Criminology, Law and Society Career Panel
Feb. 17, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Social Sciences, UCI More info >

New Extension Course: Business Ethics & Workplace Politics
April 9 to May 21, 2015
Learn to identify and better articulate your ethical framework, identify factors that cause leaders to make ethical compromises, establish ethical
boundaries, and leverage tools and resources to avoid ethical mis-steps. Register >

Related Articles:
UCI ranks among top 50 "colleges that pay you back"

4 things you should never say at work featuring alumnus, Till Kahrs '79

Minimum wage increases result in job loss, UCI-led study reaffirms

Online master's program in criminology ranked No.1 by U.S. News & World Report

In the News

A record 88,792 students seek admission to UCI for Fall 2015
UCI graduate student Mindy Nicewonger is on a team of glaciologists drilling an ice core at the South Pole to better understand climate change over millenia. The 40,000-year record will be the first deep core from this part of Antarctica.

Undocumented students work for support, reform

Making moguls out of middle schoolers

5 tips for creating tomorrow's engineers

UC takes aim at reducing the time to earn a degree

UCI to host brain bee neuroscience competition for local high school students

UCI, Italian scientists limit accelerated cellular aging caused by methamphetamine use

UCI nuclear fusion pioneer Norman Rostoker dies at 89

Revival of iconic “Billy the Kid” ballet honors its original choreographer, Eugene Loring, founding chair of UCI’s dance department

More UCI News >

UCI Care-a-thon:
Support UCI's Medical Center NICU babies

Feb. 26, 2015

UCI Care-a-thon is a student-run, annual dance marathon benefiting the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at our very own UCI Medical Center. Its mission is to raise funds to help our NICU provide life-saving care to newborn babies in crisis. Last year, students raised $20,030. With this success, this year they hope to raise $30,000.

Join us in helping UCI lead the way to creating a healthier future for babies worldwide. Register or donate today!

Upcoming Events
Feb 12-May 2: Play: In Three Acts
2:00-5:00 p.m., Beall Center for Art + Technology

Feb 17: Grand Opening of FabWorks
6:00 p.m.,
Calit2 Building

Feb 19: OC Alumni Alumni Reception with Chancellor Gillman & Men's Basketball vs. Hawaii
5:30 p.m.,
Newkirk Alumni Center

Feb 19: "The House We Live In" film screening & conversation
11:55 a.m.,
Education Building 1121

Feb 20: The Matter of Beauty in Early English Literature
10:00 a.m.,
Humanities Gateway

Feb 20: The Case for the Three R's of System Research: Repeatability, Reproductivity, Rigor
3:00-4:00 p.m.,
Donald Bren Hall

Feb 21: Critical Perspectives on the Drug War
8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.,
UCI School of Law

Feb 21: Men's Basketball vs. Cal State Northridge
7:00 p.m.,
Bren Events Center

Feb 21: An Evening of Modern Jazz
8:00 p.m.,
Winifred Smith Hall

Feb 23-27: Social Sciences Highlights Week, UC Irvine

Feb 23-28: Engineering Week,
Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Feb 24: UCI Illuminations: Poetry & Lecture with Haki R. Madhubuti on Art, Activism and Institution Building
5:30-8:00 p.m.,
Newkirk Alumni Center

Feb 25: University Club Forum: "Americans are more likely to get sick worrying about ebola than getting it!"
11:30 a.m., University Club

Feb 26: UCI Care-a-thon: A Dance Marathon supporting UCI NICU
6:00 p.m.,
UCI Student Center

Feb 26: LA Chapter Happy Hour Mixer
6:00-8:00 p.m.,

Feb 27: Film Screening and Q&A: The Long Road to The Hall of Fame
4:00-8:00 p.m., Humanities Instruction Building 100

Feb 27: Urban Black Music Concert
8:00-10:00 p.m., Winifred Smith Concert Hall

March 4: Merage School Distinguished Speaker Series: Cynthia Stoddard, Senior VP & CIO, NetApp
6:30-7:30 p.m.,
Merage School Auditorium

March 19: Recruit LA Career Expo
10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.,

March 23-24: ICEPAG 2015: The Clean Energy Conference
Henry Samueli School of Engineering

March 25-26: 2nd Annual Microgrid Global Summit 2015
Henry Samueli School of Engineering

More UCI events >

Question of the Month

UCI Alumni loves all of our amazing Anteater family.

In the spirit of Valentine's Day: Did you meet your sweetheart at UCI? Tell us your #UCILove story. Email us at alumni@uci.edu or tag #UCILove, #UCIalumni in a social media post, for a chance to be featured on our UCI Alumni Facebook page!

Check out some featured Anteater Love Stories >

Membership Benefits
Newkirk Alumni Center Rent the Newkirk Alumni Center
From conferences, meetings and weddings to receptions and other special gatherings, the Newkirk Alumni Center has a space for everyone.

Become a UCI Alumni Association member and receive 50% off hourly rental rates.

More about the Newkirk Alumni Center >
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Make Your Mark at UCI!
Alumni can leave their legacy at UCI with a custom plaque displaying their name and class year. Visit your plaque with future generations at the Newkirk Alumni Center.
Act Today!

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