Volume IV, Issue 4: January 2012


Following in the fashionable footsteps of blogger Jenny Ong

Jenny Ong
Boyfriend coats are one of fashion blogger Jenny Ong's favorite looks.

UCI alumna Jenny Ong loves fashion and photography — two pursuits she's combined in her popular style blog, Neon Blush.

A kind of diary of Ong's edgy outfits along with tidbits about her friends, travels and adventures, Neon Blush has been featured in New York magazine's "The Cut," StyleBizPortal, StyledOn and other blog-watching sites. It doesn't hurt that the beautiful Ong makes a great model for her creative ensembles.

She started her blog in fall 2010 to escape the pressures of school and work. Since earning a bachelor's degree in public health (with a political science minor) in June 2011, Ong has been a marketing coordinator for Kasil Workshop, a Los Angeles-based premium denim company. But she still posts on her blog.

"I don't follow trends," Ong says, describing her approach to style. Instead, she seeks out unique, timeless pieces and puts them together in fresh ways. Some of her favorite looks for winter 2012:

1. Prints (geometric, tribal, floral, etc.)
2. White on white
3. Boyfriend/winter coats
4. T-strap heels
5. Heels with no platform
6. Pastels and neon
7. Fishnet

UCI student crowned Miss California USA

Natalie Pack cries after receiving crown
Natalie Pack was crowned Miss California USA 2012 in a pageant held at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.

Natalie Pack, a junior at UCI and admitted tomboy who likes to ride motorcycles and bikes, on Jan. 8 won the Miss California USA 2012 pageant — a contest that challenged her to "get in touch with my girly side."

"I don't do beauty pageants," Pack told "KTLA Morning News."

The 22-year-old biological sciences major entered the contest on a whim, competing as Miss Hoag Hospital because she works as an intern at the Newport Beach facility.

After graduating from UCI, Pack plans to attend medical school. She also wants to work to raise breast cancer awareness.

Scorsese applauds Kim's book on Korean cinema

Book cover

A new book on Korean cinema by Kyung Hyun Kim gets thumbs up from an Oscar-winning admirer: director Martin Scorsese. Kim, associate professor of East Asian languages & literatures and film & media studies and director of UCI's critical theory emphasis, recently published Virtual Hallyu: Korean Cinema of the Global Era, which explores the phenomenon of Korean cinema in the early 21st century. Scorsese wrote the foreword, saying that Kim's work "enlarges our vision of one of the great national cinematic flowerings of the last decade." Kim and Scorsese worked together on the restoration of "The Housemaid," a classic 1960 Korean film.

Kim earns kudos »

Water expert Bill Cooper named AAAS fellow

Bill Cooper
Bill Cooper's major research interests are sunlight-mediated photochemical reactions in natural waters and the free-radical chemistry of aqueous solutions.

Civil & environmental engineering professor Bill Cooper has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Also head of UCI's Urban Water Research Center, he was honored for distinguished interdisciplinary contributions in environmental photochemistry and free-radical chemistry in nature systems and water treatment. Cooper said the election has special significance for him: The world's largest general scientific society, AAAS publishes the pre-eminent journal Science, which ran his first paper in 1967, when he was an undergraduate at Pennsylvania's Allegheny College. Cooper will be officially welcomed Feb. 18 in Vancouver at the AAAS annual meeting.

Bill Cooper feature: "Trashing the ocean" »

Creative writing director publishes first volume of poetry

Susan Davis
Susan Davis

Susan Davis, director of UCI's emphasis in creative writing, recently published her first book of poetry, I Was Building Up to Something. Her work reflects her birth in Louisiana, childhood in upstate New York and stints in Texas and Alaska. In 2010, Davis' poem "The Season Begins in a Waiting Room" won the Rebecca Lard Award; and her poem "Farm Days" was installed on windscreens at the Lake June transit station in Dallas. Robert Pinsky, former U.S. poet laureate, said, "Susan Davis' book has the indelible yet understated quality of certain great photographs." It's available online at Moon Tide Press.

Susan Davis publishes poetry »

Kenneth Pomeranz elected head of American Historical Association

Pomeranz poses with students
Professor Kenneth Pomeranz with Tsinghua University graduate students in Beijing

Kenneth Pomeranz, UCI Chancellor's Professor of history, was recently elected president of the American Historical Association, the principal professional organization for historians in the United States. Pomeranz's research deals primarily with long-term patterns of economic development and social and environmental change in China. He's co-founder of The China Beat blog and contributes to The Huffington Post.

In memoriam: Pioneering molecular biologist Masayasu Nomura

Masayasu Nomura
Masayasu Nomura

Masayasu Nomura, a UCI molecular biologist whose studies of ribosomes provided key insights into the nature of antibiotic resistance and cell growth control, died Nov. 19 at age 84. His breakthrough research on these complex cellular components has influenced current understanding of how cells lose control and turn cancerous. After establishing himself as one of the leading biologists of his era at the University of Wisconsin, Nomura came to UCI in 1984 as the Grace Beekhuis Bell Chair in Biological Chemistry. An outstanding colleague who wrote more than 300 research papers, he also mentored generations of junior faculty and trained 30 graduate students and 50 postdoctoral fellows. Nomura was elected in 1978 to the National Academy of Sciences, which awarded him a special medal, and he was honored by two UCI symposia. A fellowship will be created in his name.

Masayasu Nomura dies at 84 »