Professor Clegg’s Legacy Honored at Symposium

Not many careers have a lasting impact on research, administration and the international community quite like Michael T. Clegg’s. The renowned Donald Bren Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and current Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences was celebrated by 80 colleagues from all over the world on December 12, 2014. The day-long symposium … Read More […]

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Holiday Party Celebrates Ayala School Faculty and Staff

More than 300 faculty and staff gathered in the Doheny Rooms of the UCI Student Center to celebrate 2014 at the annual Ayala School Holiday party on Monday, December 15, 2014. Dean Frank M. LaFerla welcomed all guests as they enjoyed festivities that included  a delicious assorted buffet, wine courtesy of Professor Francisco J. Ayala, … Read More […]

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Biology trumps chemistry in open ocean, UCI & Bigelow scientists reveal

Study advances new framework for understanding of phytoplankton nutrient assimilation Irvine, Calif., & East Boothbay, Maine, Nov. 24, 2014 — Single-cell phytoplankton in the ocean are responsible for roughly half of global oxygen production, despite vast tracks of the open ocean that are devoid of life-sustaining nutrients. While phytoplankton’s ability to adjust their physiology to … Read More […]

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Large Crowd and Lively Discussion at Documentary Film Premiere

More than 350 enthusiastic audience members from the campus and surrounding community gathered for the world premiere of “The Arctic Expedition,” on December 5th at the UCI Student Center Auditorium. Following the documentary about climate change research in the arctic region, a lively panel, with expert faculty from both the Ayala School and School of … Read More […]

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James McGaugh receives Grawemeyer Award for Psychology

Founding UCI faculty member honored for learning and memory research Irvine, Calif., Dec. 3, 2014 — UC Irvine neurobiologist James McGaugh, whose research has vastly contributed to our knowledge of the brain’s learning and memory abilities, has won the 2015 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. A research professor in neurobiology & behavior and … Read More […]

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International Students Experience American Tradition

For the second year in a row, the Ayala School Student Affairs Office hosted a Thanksgiving luncheon for our international students. More than 60 international students attended the luncheon, where traditional American Thanksgiving fare was served. Attendees learned about the significance of the holiday and wore turkey hats as a part of the festivities. “We want to … Read More […]

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UCI initiates NSF-funded joint project utilizing the arts to improve grade school science education

Irvine, Calif., Nov. 19, 2014 — Through an innovative new program developed at UC Irvine, the arts and the sciences are being integrated to help young students better grasp the basics of Earth, life and physical sciences. With $6.4 million in National Science Foundation funding, UCI has established the Equitable Science Curriculum for Integrating Arts … Read More […]

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Congratulations to newly named AAAS Fellow in the Ayala School

Professor Christopher Hughes, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. Professor Hughes joins three other UCI researchers named this year. Professor Hughes was named for his distinguished contributions to the field of vascular … Read More […]

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Staff Spotlight: Andrea Wiley, Department Manager for Development and Cell Biology

Andrea Wiley has served as department manager for the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology at the Ayala School for seven years. In her role, Andrea manages the operations for the department including research administration, financial management, department graduate program and faculty assistance. Andrea is a loyal anteater, having held numerous positions in the School of Social Sciences, … Read More […]

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Key element in arenavirus that initiates infection could lead to therapeutics for diseases like meningitis

Professor Michael Buchmeier, Departments of Developmental and Cell Biology and Medicine, and his research team recently discovered a key element to the arenavirus that initiates the infection. The 58 amino acid signal peptide is essential in assembling the viral “spike” glycoprotein protein, which initiates infection in the arenavirus, known for causing human illnesses ranging from … Read More […]

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