Community Spotlight: Emma N. Flores, Ph.D.

Ayala School Alumnus, Dr. Emma N. Flores, completed her undergraduate degree (2006) at UC Irvine before beginning a career as a mentor, educator and administrator in higher education.  During her time at UCI, Dr. Flores participated in the Ayala School Minority Science Program, and among her many accolades, was selected as a Minority Access to … Read More […]

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Has Gene-Editing the Human Germline Found Common Ground?

On December 1-3, the International Summit on Human Gene Editing kicked off its first meeting at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C.  The meeting was the first step in establishing its goals for the next year.  Over the next year, the committee will perform its own independent comprehensive review of the science and … Read More […]

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The Ayala Family Celebrates Thanksgiving

The Ayala School once again played host to a special Thanksgiving lunch for its international students.  Held on November 24 in the Pacific ballroom at the Student Center, the event played host to 90 students, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Michael Leon, and several student affairs officers and featured a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner.  Great … Read More […]

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Student Spotlight: Stephanie Tu

Throughout her life fourth-year Human Biology student, Stephanie Tu has been driven by two interconnected passions.  The first, is to be a “Renaissance woman,” learning for the joy of learning, whether the topic is the significance of the Ain Sakhri Lovers Figurine from 9000 B.C., or the possibilities of programmable matter.  What especially excites her … Read More […]

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Sea of Change

The OC Register recently explored the history of the Salton Sea along with the potential environmental ramifications of its drying. Inside, the author cited director of the Salton Sea Initiative and professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Timothy J. Bradley. Professor Bradley and his colleagues provided a detailed account on ways the Salton Sea could … Read More […]

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Playing 3D video games can boost memory formation

In a recent study by Professor Craig Stark from the department of Neurobiology and Behavior, it was discovered that individuals who played three dimensional video games saw a boost in the formation of memories.  The playing of certain video games has been known to improve hand-eye coordination and reaction time, however, their effect on memory … Read More […]

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Ayala School Professor gives his thoughts on the Male vs. Female Brain

In a feature published by the New York Times, Dr. Larry Cahill, a professor in the department of Neurobiology and Behavior, gives his expert opinion on a groundbreaking paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  In the paper, the authors ask the question, “Are the brains of men and women … Read More […]

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Green tea impairs development, reproduction in fruit flies

New research from the lab of Professor Mahtab Jafari reveals that excessive consumption of green tea adversely affects the development and reproduction of fruit fly populations.  Professor Jafari and colleagues investigated the effects of high levels of green tea by subjecting fruit fly embryos and larvae to increasing doses of green tea polyphenols.  Professor Jafari … Read More […]

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Ayala Alumni Maintain Ties Through Mentor Program

One of the most precious resources is time. Many of our alumni have chosen to donate their time back to the school through the Ayala School Mentor Program. The mentor program has been invaluable in delivering career development that cannot be replicated within the classroom. Every Fall, the program hosts its annual Mentor Program Kick-off … Read More […]

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