UCI MIND and ReMIND Receive $12,000 from Betty’s Foundation

March 24, 2010 The Institute for Memory Impairments & Neurological Disorders, or UCI MIND, and its group for graduate students interested in neurological disorders, ReMIND, has received a $12,000 donation from Betty’s Foundation, formed by five relatives in their late 20s and early 30s to honor their grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease. The relatives, two … Read More […]

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UCI professor wins 2010 Templeton Prize

Evolutionary biologist, Francisco Ayala, says science and spirituality can co-exist, not mix — Irvine, Calif., March 25, 2010 — Daniel A. Anderson / University Communications Francisco Ayala, UC Irvine professor of ecology & evolutionary biology, who has vigorously opposed the entanglement of science and religion while also calling for mutual respect between the two, has won the … Read More […]

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New research indicates plants can grow quickly or ward off hungry insects, but not both

March 25, 2010 Findings could be useful in development of pest-resistant crops. Irvine, Calif., March 25, 2010 – There’s a war occurring each day in our backyards – plant versus plant-eating insect versus insect-eating insect. Research by UC Irvine’s Kailen Mooney suggests the outcome – of interest to farmers – is a stalemate. For a … Read More […]

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UCI Center for Environmental Biology Launched

March 24, 2010 The School of Biological Sciences has formed the Center for Environmental Biology, which will coordinate research partnerships between UCI scientists and neighboring land groups. Projects will focus on integrating translational biological research into management of parks, wilderness and urban ecosystems. Research partners include the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, the Great Park and a … Read More […]

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UCI Biologists Help Sequence the Hydra Genome

March 17, 2010 UCI biologists Robert Steele and Hans Bode, along with nine other UCI scientists and an international team of researchers, have sequenced the genome of Hydra, a freshwater polyp that has been a staple of biological research for 300 years and integral to understanding regeneration, stem cells and patterning. The team discovered Hydra … Read More […]

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Souza Wins Mexico’s Top Environmental Award

March 17, 2010 Valeria Souza, visiting scholar in the laboratory of Brandon Gaut, ecology & evolutionary biology chair, will receive Mexico’s highest environmental honor: the Love of the Planet Award. The $50,000 award is given to researchers who have championed causes in basic research and conservation in Mexico. Souza won the award for her work … Read More […]

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Butterfly vision, wing colors linked, UCI study finds

Ability to identify own species aided by ultraviolet pigment — Irvine, Calif., February 16, 2010 — Image courtesy of Bill Berthet Heliconius erato butterflies have evolved photoreceptors in their eyes for detecting UV colors and express UV-yellow pigment on their wings. Butterfly experts have suspected for more than 150 years that vision plays a key role in … Read More […]

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New book examines the flawed human body

UCI’s John Avise discusses biological imperfection and intelligent design — Irvine, Calif., February 11, 2010 — Steve Zylius / University Communications In his new book, UCI evolutionary biologist John Avise examines why flaws exist in the biological world. Humanity’s physical design flaws have long been apparent – we have a blind spot in our vision, for instance, … Read More […]

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Gorillas carry malignant malaria parasite, study reports

UCI, French finding could complicate quest to eradicate deadly disease in humans — Irvine, Calif., January 19, 2010 — The parasite that causes malignant malaria in humans has been detected in gorillas, along with two new species of malaria parasites, reports a study co-authored by UC Irvine biologist Francisco Ayala. The study also confirms a recent discovery by … Read More […]

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Going to extremes: feature on Ian Parker

Few people could match the intensity and perseverance of UC Irvine neurobiologist Ian Parker. Maybe they’re not passionate enough about photography to lie in puddles, drive thousands of miles, scale sheer cliffs, sleep outside in the cold, fight altitude sickness and rise hours before the sun. Maybe they’re not so bent on studying cells that … Read More […]

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