Volume IV, Issue 4: January 2012
Campus Events


UCI experts discuss replacement parts for humans

Aileen Anderson
Aileen Anderson, associate professor of physical medicine & rehabilitation and anatomy & neurobiology

In a "PBS NewsHour" report called "Spare Parts for Humans," UCI researchers Aileen Anderson and David M. Gardiner discussed the promise of stem cell therapy with science correspondent Miles O'Brien:

Anderson: "What we know is that when we transplant these cells, we can restore the ability of animals with spinal cord injury to step. We can restore their ability to be coordinated. ... Our hypothesis, our working plan here is that that restoration of circuitry is what's yielding the recovery of function."

O'Brien: "But you don't know for sure?"

Anderson: "Nobody knows. How — how many things do you know in science that you know for sure?"

PBS transcript/video »

Forgetting Pearl Harbor?

Emily Rosenberg
History professor Emily Rosenberg is the author of "A Date Which Will Live: Pearl Harbor in American Memory."

Americans have vowed never to forget Pearl Harbor, but will they always remember the "date which will live in infamy"? As time goes by and veterans who survived the surprise attack in Hawaii pass away, even Pearl Harbor will most likely "fade in its significance to American life," said UCI history professor Emily Rosenberg. Quoted by Reuters on the occasion of a New Orleans exhibit marking the 70th anniversary of the attack, she said: "We like to think that as a society we remember every single thing, but that's not the way things really work."

Rosenberg profile »

No help for homeowners

Katherine Porter
Katherine Porter

The collapse of the housing market proved a major catalyst for the recession, yet there's still no viable plan to boost home ownership, according to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. UCI law professor Katherine Porter was one of the foreclosure experts cited who said that failure to help homeowners has contributed to the persistent economic slump. When the recession began in 2007, she said, "We heard so much about institutions that were 'too big to fail,' in terms of the government bailing out companies like Citibank. But it seems like homeowners are too small to save."

From the ZotZine inbox

Wooden farm building
The old barn that once housed the offices of campus architect William Periera is now used by UCI arts students for workshops, classes and performances.

In the course of a historical preservation project, I came across your September 2009 issue in which you mention the old yurt and barn, which date back to UCI's pasture days. This barn was ordered from Sears, Roebuck (it's illustrated in the 1938 catalog) and once served as the office of William Pereira, the first architect of UCI. It was first situated off campus, at Ford Road and MacArthur Boulevard, and was later moved to its present location near the Anteater Recreation Center. Pereira was a big fan of barns, and he renovated this one to serve as his personal office. He was the master architect of the city of Irvine and the UCI campus. For the history of the buildings and the barn, visit The Farm School Project.

Ece Batchelder, Ph.D. '94 social sciences