Video Tributes

UCI Medal

This page recognizes just some of the individuals that have received UCI’s highest honor, the UCI Medal. Additional honorees will be added as those videos become available.

2015

2015 UCI Medal Awards
As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we glance back to honor all the Medalists who have contributed to the bright past and brilliant future of UCI.

2015

Shaping the Future
THANK YOU! With you as our partner, we celebrate our 50th anniversary and the successful completion of our $1 billion Shaping the Future campaign.

2013

Charles D. Martin
At UC Irvine, Martin helped institute and is chairman emeritus of The Paul Merage School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.

2013

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
UC Irvine Distinguished Professor of comparative literature and English Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is an internationally acclaimed novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist, editor, academic and social activist from Kenya.

2013

Cheryll and Richard Ruszat
The Ruszats have been an integral part of the ongoing success of UC Irvine’s $1 billion Shaping the Future campaign, which has raised more than $800 million with two years to completion.

2012

Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D.
Faculty member renowned for her groundbreaking work on the malleability of human memory; named the most influential female psychologist of the 20th century

2012

Sue and Bill Gross
Bill Gross is one of the world’s most prominent investors; the couple made UC Irvine’s world-leading stem cell research center possible

2012

David Tsoong, M.D., and Betty Tu, M.D.
Major supporters at UC Irvine who helped lead the construction of UC Irvine Douglas Hospital and guide UC Irvine into the future

2011

Larry Overman, Ph.D.
One of the world’s preeminent organic chemists and beloved mentor to UC Irvine students

2011

Michael Mussallem
Business innovator whose philanthropy and leadership enabled UC Irvine to develop world-class cardiovascular technologies

2011

Manuel Gomez, Ph.D; UCI M.A. ’78
A former UC Irvine vice chancellor for student affairs who led California in expanding opportunities for disadvantaged young people in the UC system

2011

Barbara Davidson ’69
A member of UC Irvine’s inaugural class, she served the campus for 42 years, most recently as associate chancellor

2010

David Pyott
Allergan Inc. chairman & CEO who created a global model at UC Irvine for private partnerships with universities

2010

Scott Samuelsen, Ph.D.
Founder of UC Irvine’s National Fuel Cell Research Center and green-energy research pioneer

2010

Salma Chehabi ’13 and Hazem Chehabi, M.D.
Together they have provided service, resources and expertise for more than three decades

2010

Susan V. Bryant, Ph.D.
Former vice chancellor of research who pioneered scientific practices at UC Irvine and is a world leader in limb regeneration research

2009

Laurel Wilkening, Ph.D.
UC Irvine’s third chancellor led the campus to its top-50 research ranking and membership in the Association of American Universities

2009

Fariborz Masseh, Ph.D.
Founder of UC system’s first interdisciplinary center dedicated to Persian Studies

2009

William Parker, Ph.D.
Professor who transformed fundamental physics and campus housing models through five decades of service to UC Irvine

2009

Anthony James B.S. ’73, Ph.D. ’79
UC Irvine vector biologist who leads the world in fighting malaria and dengue fever