Dec. 15 - Special holiday message; alums win Emmys
Anteater Time Machine: In 2009, Peter the Anteater posed for holiday photos with students, faculty and staff at the UCI Bookstore.
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Holiday message from Vice Chancellor Banks
With a cameo assist from Peter the Anteater, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Willie L. Banks has a special holiday message for the UCI community. “With any luck, by next year we’ll all be happy, healthy and jumping for joy,” he hopes. “But for now let me say: Happy holidays, many blessings and thank you. Be kind to yourselves and each other, and enjoy the holiday recess.”
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
To create fusion ignition, the National Ignition Facility’s laser energy is converted into X-rays, which then compress a fuel capsule until it implodes, creating a high-temperature, high-pressure plasma. Photo by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
UC assisted Lawrence Livermore lab in fusion advance
On Dec. 5, a team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility conducted the first controlled fusion experiment in history to produce more energy from fusion than the laser energy used to drive it. This first-of-its-kind feat will provide invaluable insights into the prospects of clean fusion energy, which would be a game-changer for efforts to achieve a net-zero carbon economy. Achieving ignition was made possible by dedication from LLNL employees, as well as countless collaborators, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UC Berkeley and Princeton University.
US government offers free COVID-19 test home delivery
American households can now order up to four home COVID-19 tests to be delivered free of charge. The home test kits can be ordered online from the U.S. Postal Service.
UAW strike update
The University of California and the United Auto Workers have entered private mediation to assist in contract negotiations. FAQs and updates are available on the provost's continuity webpage. Systemwide information is available on UC’s strike page.
UCI IN THE NEWS
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Pharmacies are cutting hours and closing stores. What it means for customers.
USA Today, Dec. 15
Cited: Cheryl Wisseh, assistant professor of pharmacy
How sounds affect learning how to read
KNX 97.1 News Radio, Dec. 12
Cited: Young-Suk Kim, senior associate dean of the School of Education
Why EVs are considered greener
AAA Journey, Dec. 14
Cited: Iryna Zenyuk, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering
Jeanine Ringer (left) and Darcy Prevost (center) both received their M.F.A.s in 2009 from the Department of Drama’s scenic design program. Photo courtesy of Darcy Prevost
Drama department alums win Emmys
Darcy Prevost, M.F.A. ’09, and Jeanine Ringer, M.F.A. ’09, alumni from the scenic design program in the Department of Drama, each won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ inaugural Children’s & Family Emmy Awards ceremony. This was the first win in this category at the foundational ceremony. Prevost won for her work as production designer on Disney’s “Muppets Haunted Mansion,” while Ringer won as set decorator for the same production. Prevost is known for her production design work on Disney+’s “Earth to Ned” and Netflix’s “Waffles + Mochi’s Restaurant” and “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell.” Ringer is known for her work on HBO’s “Westworld” and CBS’ “Scorpion.”
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