You can never have enough anteaters. That's the opinion of consumer behavior expert Mary Gilly, a marketing professor in UCI's Paul Merage School of Business. She has about 150 of the critters, in various shapes and permutations. They range from an elegant art-glass anteater to her prized Pez anteater. Some have retractable tongues and a few come with their own ants. Gilly has acquired them during her worldly travels, through eBay, from students and via friends. "I don't think anyone on campus has more anteaters than I do," she says. But if anyone does, we'd like to hear about it.
Dr. George Baerveldt has received the American Glaucoma Society's second annual Innovator Award for extraordinary contributions to his field. A UCI professor of ophthalmology, Baerveldt has gained international recognition for his glaucoma research and surgical innovations. He created the Baerveldt glaucoma implant and currently holds four patents related to this invention. He also developed the Trabectome, a minimally invasive surgical instrument for the treatment of adult and infantile open-angle glaucoma. Both devices are regularly used worldwide.
Julius Margolis, UCI professor emeritus of economics, died March 16 of kidney failure. He was 91. Alternately known as Julie, Julius or Jules, depending on the era, Margolis is described by colleagues as a founding figure in economics, a person of boundless energy and a Renaissance man. He was recruited by UCI in 1976 to strengthen the scholarly prominence of social sciences on the young campus by attracting top economists. Margolis also helped establish UCI's Center for Global Peace & Conflict Studies, which hosts an annual lecture series in his name and will dedicate a seminar room in his honor. The multidisciplinary research entity, housed in the Social Science Tower, promotes scholarly, student and public understanding of international peace and conflict.
Douglas L. Mills, research professor of physics & astronomy, lost his long fight with leukemia on March 29. He was 71. One of UCI's first physics professors, Mills was known globally for his work in condensed matter and his eagerness to collaborate with physicists in a variety of disciplines. He was an expert on the electronic, optical and magnetic properties of surfaces, nanostructures and multilayer devices. Survivors include his wife, Sandy; his children, Sherylle and Scott; and three grandchildren, Cage, Jack and Megan. The physics & astronomy department will host an event commemorating Mills' scientific achievements in the spring or fall quarter. For memorial details and the family's wishes, see the physical sciences website.