Lauds & Laurels 2017
A tradition since 1971, Lauds & Laurels is UCI’s oldest awards ceremony that has recognized more than 800 members of the UCI family for their contributions to the university, the community or their profession. This year, the university is combining the Lauds & Laurels ceremony with the Medal Awards. UCI’s most prestigious honor, the UCI Medal, will be given to Michael V. Drake, M.D., former chancellor of UCI, and Brenda Drake, Esq. during this year’s ceremony.
Philanthropist is still making a difference as she approaches her 104th birthday
Josephine Herbert Gleis is pledging $5 million to UC Irvine Health’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute to move current eye research forward at a faster pace and enable the pursuit of innovative new ideas for sight-saving treatments.
Ralph Cicerone, fourth UCI chancellor and acclaimed scientist, dies at 73
Cicerone’s research helped shape environmental policy at the highest levels nationally and globally. As chancellor of UCI from 1998 to 2005, he oversaw a rapid rise in its academic capabilities as well as the construction of major research halls and the $375 million teaching hospital at UC Irvine Medical Center.
Art on the move
The Irvine Museum’s California collection comes to UCI
James Irvine Swinden, president of The Irvine Museum, has announced the transfer of the museum’s remarkable collection of California impressionist paintings, valued at approximately $17 million, to the University of California, Irvine. The campus’s largest single gift of art to date, this generous donation has initiated the process of constructing a museum at UCI.