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                     Steady as
                      she goes

                       Captivated by the
                    sea and anchored by

                 resolve, oceanographer
                   Ellen Druffel inspires
                       a new generation
                    of women scientists.
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                                                            Voices                                                   State’s investment in UC
                                                            benefits all Californians
                                                            For some time, we have been hearing about the
                                                            state’s budget crisis and its impact on the
                                                            people of California. In a March address to a
                                                            State Senate subcommittee, UC President
                                          Spring 2004       Robert Dynes discussed in detail the impact of a
                                          Vol. 3, No. 1
                                                            proposed $372 million budget cut to the University of California
                                                            in 2004-05.
       Voices                                                    As President Dynes pointed out, UC will be severely challenged
                                                            to maintain quality and provide access to California’s brightest young
                                                            scholars if cuts of this magnitude take place. Just as important is the
                                                            broader impact of these cuts on the state as a whole.
       4                                                         UC does more than educate California’s top students. It creates
       Steady as she goes
       Oceanographer Ellen Druffel inspires                 jobs and prepares knowledgeable graduates who, in turn, contribute
       a new generation of women scientists                 to the state’s economic and cultural well-being. It fosters innovation
                                                            leading to new products, new companies and entire new industries.
       Top doc                                              It generates improvements in such areas as health care, transportation
       From boardroom to surgical suite,                    and the environment. And it is host to a multitude of arts and
       Dr. Ralph Cygan knows the rounds well
                                                            cultural events.
       8                                                         Here in Orange County, UCI has an annual economic impact now
       Con brio
                                                            measured at $3 billion, more than double what it was just five years
       UCI orchestra conductor’s firm hand
       inspires passionate performances and                 ago. The campus and UCI Medical Center in Orange have a combined
       insightful careers                                   annual payroll of $618 million and together employ more than 10,000

       10                                                   people, while another 5,500 jobs within the county are directly
       Seeds of learning                                    attributable to UCI.
       Innovative outreach program helps Latino
                                                                 The proposed budget reduction marks the fourth consecutive year
       families discover language and life skills
                                                            that UC’s budget will have been cut. Cumulatively, this amounts to a
       12                                                   16-percent reduction in state funding at a time when student
       Well suited
       Whether it’s town or gown, Tim Strader               enrollments UC-wide have grown by 16 percent. This has led to
       revels in getting the job done right                 reductions in research activities that lead to new discoveries and new
                                                            jobs. And it has led to fee increases and program cuts that have
       Around the circle                                    resulted in students and their families paying more and getting less.
                                                                 UC is working diligently to preserve the investment California has
       Main events                                          already made in a public higher education system that is the envy of
                                                            people the world over. I encourage you to read President Dynes’
                                                            testimony ( to acquaint yourself with
                                                            the issues facing our state’s great university. His words remind us that
                                                            UC is key to the state’s vitality, and to diminish the former ultimately
                                                            harms the latter. Please contact your elected representatives and
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Communications Susan Menning
Executive Director, Communications Scott Nelson
                                                            urge them to make the investment in public higher education a
Director, Institutional Communications John Mouledoux
Director, Creative & Administrative Services Diana Palmer
                                                            budget priority.
Art Direction Cindy Love | Photography Paul Kennedy
Contributors Lori Brandt, Charlie Dodge, Alan Janson,
Iqbal Pittalwala, Anna Lynn Spitzer, Fran Tardiff
Editorial Assistance Jenny Duke

                                                                                         Ralph J. Cicerone

      2      University of California, Irvine                                            Chancellor

                                                                                                                           The FDA’s new
                                                                     partner up                                            Pacific Regional
                                                                     for public health                                     Laboratory South-
                                                                                                                           west borders the
                                                                     UCI and the U.S. Food and Drug Adminis-
                                                                                                                           UCI campus.
                                                                     tration have formed a historic partnership
                                                                     that combines the expertise and resources of
                                                                     both institutions to benefit public health.
                                                                          Building on the establishment of the FDA’s new L.A.
                                                                     District Office and Pacific Regional Laboratory Southwest
    Gift to ICS creates record                                       adjacent to the UCI campus, the broad-based collabora-
    10 endowed chairs                                                tion may involve many of UCI’s science, technology and
    The donor is anonymous; the gift magnanimous –                   medical research programs, including its developing
    $20 million to help attract and support pioneering research-     efforts in pharmacology and public health. The partner-
    ers in UCI’s nationally ranked School of Information and         ship also includes increased internship opportunities for
    Computer Science.                                                UCI students.
         Funding from the December 2003 gift will create 10
    endowed chair positions – an unprecedented number in a            GROWTH ENGINE
    single gift to UCI – as well as an endowed fund for                 UCI’s annual economic impact on Orange

    excellence for schoolwide, interdisciplinary and university-
                                                                        County has more than doubled over the past five
                                                                        years – to approximately $3 billion in 2002-03.
    industry collaborations.
         The gift matches the largest contribution ever to                                                              $3
                                                                                                             $2.6     billion
    UCI – the other coming from Henry and Susan Samueli to                                        $2.4      billion
                                                                                        $1.9     billion
    the school of engineering that bears his name – and
    came almost a year to the day after ICS formally became                   $1.2
    a school.
         More:                                               98-99     99-00     00-01      01-02     02-03

    New deans confirmed for arts, computer science schools
                         Two leading experts in their fields,       “ensure that UCI prepares 21st-century artists at the
                         each having served as interim dean,        vanguard of both traditional and new media.”
                         are now taking their schools’ respec-           Debra Richardson, a highly
                         tive helms on a permanent basis.           respected professor of informatics
                               A talented performing artist and     known for her pioneering work in
                         consensus-builder who has a clear          software testing and analysis technology,
                         vision for the arts at UCI, Professor      has been named the Ted and Janice
                         Nohema Fernández has been                  Smith Family Foundation Dean of
                         appointed dean of the Claire Trevor        Information and Computer Science.
New arts dean            School of the Arts, replacing Jill Beck,        On the UCI faculty since 1987,
Nohema Fernández
has extensive            who accepted the presidency of             Richardson also is director of the Ada
credentials as a         Lawrence University in Wisconsin.          Byron Research Center, which promotes             Newly named ICS dean
professional concert
                         Fernández also holds the Claire            diversity in technology fields, and a             Debra Richardson says
pianist in the United
                                                                                                                      the school’s recent
States, Latin America    Trevor Dean’s Endowed Chair.               founding member of the UC Institute for
                                                                                                                      $20 million gift will
and Europe.                    The new arts dean, who came to       Software Research.                                benefit generations of
                         UCI in 2001 as associate dean and               More: and                   students, as well as the
                                                                                                                      local economy.
                         professor of music, says she plans to

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Steady as she goes

                                                                 Druffel’s fascination with science. It was her mother who
Oceanographer Ellen Druffel                                      first opened the universe for Druffel and her four sisters
inspires a new generation of                                     through the lens of a backyard telescope. Over time,
women scientists                                                 Druffel’s interests shifted earthward, diving from the skies
                                                                 to the seas, until the deep oceans and coral reefs captured
Like the tide, she is resolute and reliable. But stubborn        her attention.
is how Ellen Druffel prefers to describe herself. It’s a trait
that helps her rebound from occasional setbacks in her           DEEP PASSION FOR SCIENCE
research. A world-class oceanographer and professor in           “The oceans constitute the greatest repository of the
UCI’s distinguished Department of Earth System Science,          excess carbon we put into the atmosphere,” Druffel
Druffel attributes much of her success to this stubborn-         teaches her students. “Variations in sea surface
ness, and to the balance she doggedly maintains between          temperature and chemistry determine the amount of
her science career and family life.                              carbon dioxide entering and leaving the ocean,” she adds,
     Her earliest influence was her mother, an amateur           detailing a crucial factor in understanding carbon’s impact
astronomer, whose curiosity and encouragement triggered          on global weather patterns.
    Beyond the classroom, Druffel’s work often finds her       models and mentors in the sciences. I would have
on oceanographic research vessels or in shallow waters,        benefited from that early in my career.”
collecting corals and dissolved carbon in seawater, fish,           Druffel has drawn inspiration from such pioneering
other living organisms and sediment gathered from the          scientists as Rachel Carson, Marie Curie, Inge Lehmann
sea bottom. From these samples, using radiocarbon, she         and Inez Fung. In turn, she strives to cultivate the next
determines how fast excess carbon dioxide from fossil          generation of women scientists. “As a Girl Scout co-leader,
fuels and deforestation enters and circulates within           I put lots of energy into devising science projects that
the ocean.                                                     engage the girls. I also speak to women’s groups about my
    “Ellen’s research has greatly advanced our under-          work. When a woman comes up to me and says my talk
standing of the role oceans play in effecting climate          makes her want to work in science, or that she, too, feels
change,” says Ron Stern, dean of UCI’s School of Physical      she can integrate her career with her family life, it’s
Sciences. “She also is a natural leader who has played a       immensely rewarding.”
key role in the development and study of Earth system               In 2003, Druffel was one of two scientists named the
science at UCI.” Indeed, the department was cited by the       first chairs of the UCI ADVANCE Program, which supports
Institute for Scientific Information for having the greatest   women faculty in the sciences in their efforts to gain
impact on geoscience research over the last decade.            tenure and fulfill their potential as teachers and
    True to form, Druffel shares credit for her part in such   researchers. “Successful women like Ellen send an
accolades with her family – especially her husband, Steve      encouraging signal to young women everywhere who may
Rodriguez – and colleagues like Sheila Griffin, who has        be considering careers in science,” says Susan Bryant, dean
run Druffel’s UCI lab since 1993, when both women              of the School of Biological Sciences and leader of the UCI
arrived on campus from Woods Hole Oceanographic                ADVANCE Program.
Institution in Massachusetts.
    Now a role model, Druffel seeks to encourage               CRYSTAL CLEAR PRIORITIES
opportunities for other women scientists. “Successful          Teaching, research and related travel limit Druffel’s spare
recruitment and retention of women in the sciences is still    time. Still, she manages to garden, work out in the gym
a major hurdle,” Druffel says. “We need to work harder to      and play her guitar. She and her husband spend as much
achieve gender equity in science, mathematics and              time as possible with their two teenage children, Kevin
engineering. This includes understanding the differences       and Rachel. “Their births made me more creative,” says
in the support systems for men and women, both at work         Druffel. “My approach to science changed because of
and at home, and their impact on how we function               them. I became more organized and more efficient with
and succeed.”                                                  my time.”
    Druffel finds the global shortage of women in the               While she would like to be regarded as a scientist
science faculty particularly frustrating. “With more women     who contributes useful knowledge about global change,
graduating in the sciences than ever before, the leaky         she stubbornly guards her role as wife and mother. “My
sieve in going from student to postdoc to professor is hard    family always comes first,” Druffel says. “In the end, you
to understand. It’s clear we need more women role              won’t regret not having published a scientific paper, but
                                                               you’ll regret not having spent time with your children.
                                                                    “I’m curious to know what the future has in store for
                                                               them,” she adds. “My mother unveiled the stars for me
                                                               when I was a girl, which led, eventually, to where I am
                                                               today. The situation for women in science will improve in
                                                               time, I hope. I’d love to get a glimpse of my daughter
                                                               when she is my age to see how life and the world have
                                                               treated her.”
By collecting samples from the sea, Ellen Druffel
is contributing to a better understanding of the                                                           – Iqbal Pittalwala
Earth and its interrelated systems.                                 More:

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Top doc

From boardroom to surgical                                      the Department of Urology. It is now considered one of
                                                                the top programs in the nation for minimally invasive
suite, Dr. Ralph Cygan knows                                    urology, offering the latest technologies, such as robotic-
the rounds well                                                 assisted surgery. “Our new hospital will have several
                                                                minimally invasive operating rooms to give our surgeons
UCI Medical Center CEO Dr. Ralph Cygan is both a histori-       the tools they need to expand their surgical programs,”
cal throwback and model hospital director of the future.        Cygan says.
     With the complexity of modern hospitals and their               Other centers of
business operations, virtually all hospital administrators      excellence at the medical
today come through M.B.A. schools, not medical schools,         center focus on digestive
as did Cygan. But, as he explains, history may be repeat-       diseases, cancer care,
ing itself.                                                     women’s health, senior
     “In the 1940s and ’50s, there were a lot more docs         care, stroke management,
running hospitals. Back then, hospitals were generally less     neonatal care and joint
complex, less regulated and less competitive,” Cygan says.      replacement. “UCI is
“Today, there is a resurgence of interest among physicians      quickly building a
in taking back much of the management responsibility            reputation among
they abdicated over the last two decades. I think you’ll see    referring doctors in the
more physicians heading up hospitals in the future.”            community as the best
     While Cygan has enhanced his administrative acumen         place to send their most
                                                                                                   Dr. Ralph Cygan looks forward to the
with a talented, business-trained staff, few hospitals could    difficult cases,” Cygan says.
                                                                                                   day in 2008 when the new university
hire Cygan’s passion for medicine.                                   Dr. Thomas Cesario,           hospital at UCI Medical Center, shown
     “I think I bring to this administration the perspective    dean of the UCI College of         in artist’s rendering above, opens
                                                                                                   its doors.
of a physician who is passionate about the quality of care.”    Medicine, thinks Cygan is
                                                                the right person for the hospital’s future. “He has great
ADVANCING MEDICINE                                              knowledge of our strengths, our faculty and the need to
With the medical center on the verge of building a new          build. His insights, imagination and logical mind are going
hospital, designed to be a landmark center for medicine         to ensure the future of the medical center. He, along with
comparable to the world’s best, a keen sense of what            the great team assembled around him, is one of our
constitutes quality needs to be at the top of the list,         wonderful assets.”
Cygan says.
     “The chancellor, the faculty and I want to remake this     HEALING ENVIRONMENTS
hospital into a world-class institution. Even though UCI is a   When Cygan came to UCI in 1977 for his residency
young university, it has climbed into the group of top          training, he did not plan to lead the hospital. Even as he
public universities. We want to take our medical school         joined the university’s medical staff, the thought never
and our hospital into that top echelon as well.                 arose. His first taste of administration came when he
     “We’re going to do that by developing top-flight           oversaw the internal medicine clinic at the medical center.
patient care programs that are unavailable at your              This clinic, a major outpatient facility and the primary
average community hospital. We need to be on the                teaching clinic for residents and students, was very busy
cutting edge of medicine. We have to be able to attract         but neither patient- nor doctor-friendly at the time.
and retain the best faculty physicians from around the               “Within months of taking over the clinic, it became
country – people who bring unique skills to the county.         very clear to me that physicians who don’t get involved in
To do that, we need a top-flight facility, which is why we      how a clinic is run and staffed, and how all the systems
need a new hospital.”                                           work, can’t do a good job taking care of patients. So I
     For instance, pioneering kidney surgeon Dr. Ralph          became increasingly involved in improving the health care
Clayman was recruited two years ago to lead and revamp          environment for the patients.”

 6     University of California, Irvine
    Cygan went on to found the UCI Primary Care Group        committed to the development and promotion of nursing
and co-found the medical school’s Division of General        excellence and patient care.”
Internal Medicine, and the Executive Health and Weight            When the previous medical center director, Mark
Management programs.                                         Laret, left for UC San Francisco Medical Center in 2000,
    “The goal was always to make the practice of             UCI administrators convinced a reluctant Cygan to
medicine better here, improve the quality, and elevate the   step in.
clinical medical practice to the same plane and importance        “It was a new direction for me. I liked teaching. I
as education and research.”                                  liked seeing patients. But as it turns out, it’s a really good
                                                             time to be in this role. The medical center is on an
POSITIVE PROGNOSIS                                           upswing in terms of its image within the community, the
Cygan also recognizes and respects the vital role nursing    level of care being delivered, and the quality of our
plays in the organization. Proof of his commitment is the    physicians. There has been a tremendous transformation
medical center’s recent receipt of the prestigious Magnet    in camaraderie and energy. Everyone feels we’re well on
Designation for nursing excellence, conferred to less than   our way to becoming Orange County’s own world-class
2 percent of all hospitals in the United States. “Magnet     university medical center. This job provides me a
Designation is not only a tremendous award for our           wonderful opportunity to help guide the next phase of
nurses, it reflects on everyone at UCI Medical Center,”      our evolution.”
Cygan says. “By achieving this national recognition, we                                                      – Alan Janson
have demonstrated that our faculty and staff are                  More:

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Con brio

UCI orchestra conductor’s firm hand inspires
passionate performances and insightful careers
Stephen Tucker vividly remembers the day his choice of a      much money for what seemed like little work, and she
musical career finally won acceptance from his mother.        never again questioned my decision to embark on a career
She had encouraged each of her six children to learn          in music.”
instruments and appreciate music in their native Jamaica,
but worried about them making the huge leap from              EYEING THE PRIZE
prodigious talent to sustainable career.                      For UCI’s maestro – conductor of the UCI Symphony
     “We had a constant battle, until I was hired to          Orchestra and assistant professor in the music department
orchestrate and conduct a recording in Texas,” Tucker says.   of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts – practical
“When I returned with an extremely large sum of money         considerations are a constant earthy backbeat to the
for only three weeks’ work, I handed it to my mother and      sublime joys of music.
told her to use it to pay bills.                                   “I tell each student who enters my orchestra that
     “The shock on her face is still very clear today,” he    success in a musical career can be achieved only with
recalls. “She was amazed that anyone could make that          careful, disciplined preparation,” he says.

Maestro Stephen Tucker has a reputation
for telling students what they need –
if not always what they want – to hear.
    Perhaps because of that credo, it has been a long         always see myself exactly as others do, I am probably
time since Tucker has had to worry about the trajectory of    somewhere in between a softy and an ogre,” he says,
his career. He’s in great demand as a concert pianist,        adding: “No, maybe I’m just an ogre.”
arranger, producer, teacher and, above all, conductor.             Nohema Fernández, arts dean and a world-class
Recruited from UCLA in 2000, he has led the growing UCI       musician herself, sees the purpose behind Tucker’s gruff
orchestra while maintaining a busy schedule of teaching,      posture. “Stephen manages the difficult balance between
performing and guest conducting for symphonies around         high standards and supporting students in meeting those
the world.                                                    high standards.
    Tucker and his twin brother, Paul, began their study           “He has great dedication to students and nurturing
of music while playing piano and organ for their church in    their growth. He has a very warm personality; students
Jamaica. Their musical education continued through the        really adore him, and that’s wonderful to see.”
Royal Schools of Music program and later at the Jamaica            Tucker insists that his musicians master not only
School of Music, where they studied under Kaestner            the music, but also the context that uniquely explains
     Robertson, who became a guiding mentor. As an            the music. “Without a deep understanding of the
     organ and piano major, Stephen again studied under       environment in which the works were created, students
     Robertson at Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts.    simply go through the motions as trained simpletons,”
          While Paul’s career path veered into the            he contends.
     corporate world as a commercial pilot and flight              One former student who has benefited from Tucker’s
     instructor, eventually he returned to a life in music    guidance is now the orchestra’s principal clarinetist. Gene
     and now conducts a choral ensemble in the Dallas area.   Wie ‘01, M.F.A. ’03 also performs extensively on violin,
          Stephen’s growing love of conducting led to         viola and saxophone. He is a staff accompanist for modern
     further studies at the International Institute of        dance at UCI, and serves on the faculties of the Orange
     Symphonic Conducting, the Vienna Conservatory and        County High School of the Arts, the New California
     UCLA, where professor and orchestra conductor Jon        Conservatory and Arrowbear Music Camp. He also
     Robertson had a profound impact on him. Along the        maintains a private teaching studio with more than
     way, Tucker has served as music director for the         20 students.
     Neumark Ensemble and the Southern California                  Wie acknowledges that much of his career success is
     Young Artists Symphony, and as guest conductor of        due to Tucker’s teaching. “Some students didn’t want to
     the Slovak Radio Symphony, Hungarian National            hear it, but he told us exactly what we needed to hear,”
     Symphony and the Ukraine’s Kharkov Philharmonic.         he says.
                                                                   Wie credits Tucker with nurturing Wie’s own
     TEACHING TEAMWORK                                        strengths as a teacher and conductor. Chief among them
     At UCI, Tucker goes beyond teaching music to             are respect for the orchestra, as well as the potential of
     his already gifted students. He teaches humility to      every student. Tucker helped him realize that some music
     healthy egos and respect for the orchestral whole        teachers give up too easily, cloaking their surrender in the
     to talented individuals who have largely mastered        claim a pupil has “no talent.” Wie has learned that this
     their instruments in isolation, through long hours of    often is just an excuse to give up on teaching.
     lonely practice.                                              And, as any student of Stephen Tucker will tell you,
          Depending on one’s seat in the symphony hall,       giving up – in music or life – is not a practical option.
     the acoustics of his approach are either brilliant,                                                    – Charlie Dodge
     brusque, insensitive or inspiring. “Although I don’t          More:

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Seeds of learning

                                                             family-oriented literacy outreach program helps parents
Innovative outreach program                                  learn how to become their children’s first – and most
helps Latino families discover                               important – teachers. As a result, their 2- to 4-year-old
language and life skills                                     children, primarily Spanish speakers, are now better
                                                             prepared to succeed in school.
Maria Ines Victor saw herself as mother and caretaker, not
teacher. She assumed, like her parents before her, that      EARLY ACHIEVEMENT
education began when children entered school. That was       The heart of HABLA is expressed by its name, which means
until a UCI HABLA outreach worker came to her Santa          “speak” in Spanish – officially, it is an acronym for Home-
Ana home three years ago to read books and discuss           based Activities Building Language Acquisition. In home
colors and shapes with her 2-year-old son, Israel.           visits by HABLA educators, parents are encouraged to read
     “My mother never read to me,” says Victor, who          and play with their children in their native language. For
speaks little English. “The best part of HABLA for me was    two years, these HABLA outreach workers pay families
learning how to communicate with my child at his level.      twice-weekly, half-hour visits, each time bringing along
Once I learned this, I could take it from there.”            a book, game or toy that is left with the family.
     Victor’s success with Israel, now 5, prepared him to         “Sit with the child and mother and say, ‘Oh, look, I
enter kindergarten this fall with strong language skills.    brought this book,’” Mann says to her staff of teachers.
Moreover, she believes her HABLA training has placed her     “Show the child the book, begin a dialogue with the child
3-year-old daughter, Alejandra, on par with many of the      and let the parent see the child enjoy this interaction.
older children in her preschool program.                     Model, then come back and see if the modeling is being
     HABLA, founded in 2001 by Virginia Mann, cognitive      followed. As the child learns to name the colors and
sciences professor in the School of Social Sciences, is      objects, and follow the story, you can say to the mother,
helping more than 350 Santa Ana families challenged by       ‘Look how smart your child is; look how much you are
poverty, low education levels and language barriers. The     teaching her!’”
                                                                               And it’s OK to do it in Spanish, Mann says.
                                                                        “The parents need to speak the language they
                                                                        are most comfortable with. This way, they will
                                                                        be able to fulfill their role as their child’s best
                                                                        teacher, instead of leaving the child to watch
                                                                        television. The Spanish they teach their children
                                                                        will be the basis for the English the children
                                                                        will learn in school.”
                                                                               Mann knew from her research that
                                                                        children learn language actively – by talking
                                                                        with mom and dad – rather than passively, by
                                                                        sitting in front of a television, as many Spanish-
                                                                        speaking parents believe. HABLA outreach
                                                                        worker and UCI senior Yesenia Ortiz, herself a
                                                                        Spanish-speaker until kindergarten, says she
                                                                        could see the same thing in the homes she
                                                                        visited. One child, she says, barely spoke.
                                                                               “One day, the dad came home for lunch
                                                                        and they just sat in front of the TV,” Ortiz says.
With HABLA training, Maria Ines Victor found story
                                                                        “He didn’t say one thing to his son, except for
time became both fun and educational for her
children, Israel and Alejandra.                                         ‘hello,’ and he didn’t say anything to his wife. I
                                                                        realized, this is why the child isn’t speaking.”

10   University of California, Irvine
                       HABLA director Virginia Mann, right, puts a learning tool (a.k.a. teddy bear)
                              through its paces with site coordinator Maricela Sandoval.

    At the end of Ortiz’s work with the child, she             leaving growing numbers of children very far behind
says, “He was excited. He was speaking. There was a            when they enter school.”
huge difference.”                                                   Most of the funding for the HABLA program – about
    Observations like this are being confirmed in ongoing      $1 million so far – has come from Proposition 10 tobacco
research by Mann and her students. After two years of          tax money provided by the Children and Families
HABLA, they find that children possess Spanish-language        Commission of Orange County. The staff of outreach
skills that are appropriate for their age, where other         workers has grown from 18 in the first year to 30 in the
children in their neighborhoods tend to have skills that       third, and has been a mix of UCI students, AmeriCorps
are significantly below the norm.                              volunteers and community members.
                                                                    One of HABLA’s newest outreach workers is Maria
INTERACTIVE LEARNING                                           Ines Victor, whose two children benefited profoundly from
HABLA’s effectiveness was affirmed when it became an           the program. She now enthusiastically volunteers her
accredited replication site of the National Parent-Child       time, telling other parents how valuable the experience
Home Program (PCHP) – one of five sites in California and      has been for her family.
among 143 worldwide. “This is a critical time for early             “It was not part of my culture before to sit on the
childhood programs across the country,” says Sarah             floor to talk and play with my children,” Victor says.
Walzer, PCHP executive director. “While extensive research     “The growth in communication and learning has been
continues to underscore the importance of parent-child         muy importante.”
verbal interaction and the significance of early childhood                                                    – Lori Brandt
language and literacy experiences, funding cuts across the          More:
country are limiting families’ access to quality programs –

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Well suited

Whether it’s town or gown,                                       Founding chair of the Chief Executive Roundtable
                                                            and a member of the Graduate School of Management
Tim Strader revels in getting                               Dean’s Board, Strader also serves as The UCI Foundation’s
the job done right                                          vice chair for advocacy.
                                                                 What led to his now-unwavering allegiance to the
Tim Strader may be a Bruin on paper, but he’s an Anteater   Irvine campus? A telephone call nearly 20 years ago,
at heart.                                                   asking for his help.
     A graduate of the UCLA School of Law and former             “Chancellor Emeritus Jack Peltason wanted me to
trustee and Orange County fund-raising chair for the        adopt the campus because there wasn’t a very large
Westwood campus, Strader today is among UCI’s most          alumni base at the time – nowhere near today’s more
zealous enthusiasts.                                        than 80,000 alumni,” Strader recalls.
     Strader agreed to pitch in and soon found himself               Irvine Health Foundation President Ed Kacic,
relishing his newfound role with UCI. “I was very excited       M.B.A. ’01 has known Strader for two decades. “Tim has
about helping UCI achieve the kind of prominence that           always advocated for important causes in the community,”
UCLA and Berkeley had achieved.”                                Kacic says. “His unique ability to focus on the issues and
                                                                bring others to see the importance of those issues
MAKING HIS MARK                                                 is remarkable.”
One of the first places Strader took his UCI advocacy was            The youngest of six children, Strader attended college
to the Irvine Health Foundation, where he has served as a       at John Carroll University, a Jesuit school near the family’s
director since 1985. In 2002, influenced largely by Strader’s   Ohio home. His brother, Paul, who graduated from law
recommendation – he’s currently vice chair of the board –       school the year Strader was born, left the Midwest to
IHF made the community’s first million-dollar donation          practice law in California.
toward building the new university hospital at UCI                   Once he received his bachelor’s degree, Strader
Medical Center. The health foundation also has supported        followed his brother – and his dreams – to California. At
UCI over the years with more than $5 million in grants for      UCLA, he met his future wife, Susan. After graduation,
a variety of health-related lecture series, conferences,        Tim and Susan moved to Orange County with the first of
visiting scholars and AIDS education programs, to name          their four children. Tim practiced law at the firm of
just a few.                                                     Duryea, Carpenter and Barnes, and in 1970 led the team
     Strader works as president and managing principal          that chartered the city of Irvine.
of Starpointe Ventures, an Irvine real estate and develop-           The real estate business piqued his interest and, in
ment company he runs with his son, Tim Jr. He also is a         1972, Strader and Orange County developer Donald Koll
true philanthropist, intent on advancing the welfare of         became partners. For the next decade, the pair built office
institutions that benefit Orange County residents.              parks throughout Irvine and Newport Beach, until Strader
     UCI is high on that list. “UCI is the jewel of Orange      opened his own company in 1984.
County,” he enthuses. “Its impact on the community –
educationally, socially, economically – is so great that we     SHARING HIS SUCCESS
all need to go the extra mile to ensure that it continues to    Today, Tim and Susan live in Corona del Mar. Their four
be a top-notch institution.”                                    children (including Stephanie, M.B.A. ’95) are grown, and
     The new hospital at UCI Medical Center heads Strader’s     the Straders have five grandchildren. Tim makes it clear
current agenda. “While we have some wonderful hospitals         that Susan is his partner not only in marriage, but in phi-
in Orange County, an academic medical center is where           lanthropy as well. “I work with my wife as a team,” he
miracles happen,” he says. “That superiority of medical care    explains. “Susan is part of every philanthropic endeavor
is very important to the county’s quality of life.”             that we’re involved in; we like working together as a couple.”
     While his commitments to UCI and IHF top his priority           Strader plays as hard as he works. He and Susan
list these days, Strader has a long and wide-ranging            traveled to Spain and Chile last year, the most recent stops
history of community involvement. A lifetime honorary           on a travel itinerary that has traversed the globe. He also
director of the Orange County Business Council, he also         plays golf – by his own admission, not well – philoso-
is a director of the Orange County Performing Arts Center       phizing that “for people my age, it’s a good opportunity
and served as the center’s president when it opened in          to be outdoors and frustrate ourselves.” He often counts
1986. Other philanthropic activities include chairing fund-     UCI faculty, friends and alumni among his playing
raising efforts for Santa Margarita Catholic High School,       partners, and is always ready to share useful tips on
the University of Notre Dame, and other religious, civic        the course.
and political causes.                                                In short, Strader is achieving his goals. “I work hard,
                                                                play hard, enjoy life and get a lot of satisfaction out of
                                                                helping others.”
Two decades of support by community
                                                                                                         – Anna Lynn Spitzer
leader Tim Strader prove he is as close
to an Anteater as one can get.                                       More:

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Around the circle

     High fives
     There were congratulations all around when the UCI    From left: Tom Tierney, trustee of The UCI Foundation
     Alumni Association Board of Directors presented       and hospital fund-raising campaign co-chair; Chancellor
                                                           Ralph J. Cicerone; Dr. Ralph Cygan; UCIAA represen-
     Chancellor Ralph J. Cicerone and UCI Medical Center   tatives Bernadette Strobel-Lopez, M.B.A. ’87, president;
     CEO Dr. Ralph Cygan with a check in December for      Steven Capps ’69, vice president of development; and
                                                                                                   Jorge Ancona,
     $55,555 supporting the campaign
                                                                                                   assistant vice
     for the new university hospital at                                                            chancellor for
     UCI Medical Center. The amount                                                                alumni relations
                                                                                                   and the
     exceeded the board’s $50,000                                                                  association’s
     pledge made a year earlier and                                                                executive
     represented contributions from all
     30 UCIAA board members.

Annual Lauds & Laurels honor campus achievers
Eighteen outstanding members of the UCI community will     • Outstanding Graduate Student – Celine Jacquemin,
be honored at the 34th annual Lauds & Laurels Awards.        M.A. ’00, Ph.D. ’03, political science.
The UCI Alumni Association event, set for May 27, will     • Outstanding Undergraduate Student –
recognize these individuals for the ways in which their      Brad Cohn, neurobiology.
personal, academic or professional achievements have       • Outstanding Student Athlete –
brought distinction to the university:                       Jimmy Pelzel, men’s volleyball.
• Extraordinarius Award – Joseph White, professor          • Distinguished Alumni – Anthony James
     emeritus, social sciences.                              ’73, Ph.D. ’79, biological sciences; Kimberly
• Outstanding Community Service – Kris Elftmann,             Burge ’69, Ed.D. ’99, education; Wesley Motooka ’77,
     president, Noelle Communications.                       engineering; Deborah Daniel ’73, humanities; Gregory
• Staff Achievement – Annette Luckow ’95, assistant          Alan Bolcer, ’89, Ph.D. ’98, information and computer
     dean, information and computer science; Carole          science; Stephen Rodriguez, M.B.A. ’98, management;
     Nightengale, faculty assistant, social sciences.        Christopher Lundquist, M.D. ’80, medicine; James
• Faculty Achievement – Robert Moeller, professor of         Largent, ’72, M.B.A. ’77, physical sciences; Jose Solorio
     history and associate dean, humanities.                 ’92, social ecology; K. Mark Nelson ’67, social sciences.

                                                           Lights, camera, action
                                                           UCI senior Kathy Nguyen, left, interviews Chancellor
                                                           Ralph J. Cicerone and Professor Carol Cicerone during
                                                           the 2004 Tet Parade held Jan. 24 in Orange County’s
                                                           Little Saigon. The interview was taped for “Vietnamese
                                                           American Xposure,” Nguyen’s new television maga-
                                                           zine show aimed at Vietnamese American youth.
                                                           Nguyen expects to graduate in June with bachelor’s
                                                           degrees in film studies and economics, and a minor
                                                           in management.

14    University of California, Irvine
                             Trio joins Athletics                           PROGRESS
                             Hall of Fame                                    REPORT
                             Three new members have been inducted
                             into the UCI Athletics Hall of Fame: Greg        Campuswide
                             Jablonski ’74, George Newland ’80 and            Honors Program
Former men’s basket-         former men’s basketball coach Tim Tift.          is looking up
ball coach and current       Jablonski set a record by playing on four        Fifteen years ago, the
senior lecturer at UCI                                                        Campuswide Honors
Tim Tift acknowledges        consecutive NCAA Division II championship
cheers from the home-        men’s tennis teams, from 1970 to 1973.           Program began with a
coming crowd. Tift                                                            class of 100 freshmen. Today, it includes more
                             Newland was a member of the Anteater
and two others were
                             men’s water polo program from 1976 to            than 600 of UCI’s brightest students from all levels
inducted Feb. 7 into
the UCI Athletics Hall       1980, playing for his father, Ted. The           and disciplines. Representing about 3 percent of the
of Fame.                                                                      student body, CHP students have garnered 62 per-
                             younger Newland earned All-American and
                             first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic            cent of the competitive national scholarships and

             Association honors in 1980 when UCI finished third in the        fellowships UCI students have earned over the

             nation. Tift has been associated with UCI Athletics for 37       last decade.

             years, beginning as an assistant men’s basketball coach in            CHP offers high-achieving students a special

             1967. He was head men’s basketball coach from 1969 to            honors curriculum, including small classes, close

             1980, leading the Anteaters to the NCAA Division II              interaction with peers and faculty mentors, as well as

             playoffs in 1972 and 1975. He currently serves as a senior       opportunities for research and other scholarly

             lecturer in UCI’s Department                                     activities. The program’s goal has remained constant:

             of Education.                                                    to help prepare exceptional students to be the
                                                                              leaders, researchers and educators of tomorrow.
             Sen. Kennedy
             addresses global,
             domestic issues                                               Women’s volleyball soars
             Arguing that a nation’s                                       to NCAA tournament
             values influence its policy                                   The 2003 season proved to be the most thrilling
             goals, Sen. Edward M.                                         to date for the women’s volleyball team. The
             Kennedy delivered the                                         Anteaters finished 24-10 overall, the most wins
                                               Sen. Edward M. Kennedy
             2003-04 Peltason Lecture on       presents the UCI Center     in the program’s history. UCI’s 12-6 Big West
             Democracy with the passion        for the Study of Democ-
                                                                           Conference mark tied for second, the highest
                                               racy’s annual Peltason
             and conviction that have          Lecture, which draws        finish in 19 years of Big West affiliation. Head
             become his trademarks             leading political figures   Coach Charlie Brande’s team also earned the              Senior Brenda
                                               to campus.                                                                           Waterman, right,
             during four decades as a                                      program’s first post-season bid since 1988 and
                                                                                                                                    prepares to pass to
             U.S. senator from Massachusetts.                              became the first UCI team to advance past the            sophomore Keegan
                  Last fall, about 1,000 people filled the Student         first round of the NCAA tournament with a win            Featherstone at
                                                                                                                                    this year’s NCAA
             Center’s Crystal Cove Auditorium and overflowed into the      over Missouri.
             Emerald Bay rooms for a live video feed to hear Kennedy’s          Capping her UCI career, senior Brenda
             views on the war in Iraq, health policy and education. The    Waterman reflected on her collegiate athletic experience:
             Democratic senator accented his 45-minute remarks with        “It’s been a great four years. I’ve gone through a lot. My
             humor about his nephew-in-law Republican Calif. Gov.          freshman year, no one would have ever thought we
             Arnold Schwarzenegger, offered anecdotes from his             would be here at the tournament. It was a great run, and
             tenure as a Washington, D.C., insider and closed by           I know next year’s team will be great, too.”
             answering questions from the audience.                             More:

                                                                                                                           Spring 2004   15
      Main events
                                                                                       For information about these and
                                                                                       many other campus events, visit:
                                                 AT H L E T I C S
                                                 April 8, 23, 25                         P R E S E N TAT I O N S

                                                 Women’s Water Polo.
                                                 UCI vs. UCLA, UC Santa                  April 20
                                                 Barbara, Arizona State                  Sociology.
                                                                                         Working in a 24/7 Economy: Challenges for American
                                                                                         Families. With Harriet Presser, professor of sociology,
                                                 April 14, 17
                                                 Men’s Volleyball.                       University of Maryland
                                                 UCI vs. UC Santa
                                                 Barbara, Cal State                      May 6
                                                 Northridge                              Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine.
                                                                                         The Science and Practice of Qigong and Tai Chi. With
                                                                                         Shin Lin, professor of developmental and cell biology
      May 14-16, 21-23
                                                                                             May 19-21
      UCI vs. Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside

                                                                                             Humanities Center and HumaniTech.
                                                                                             Fine Print: Publishing in the Shadow of Big Media.
      May 2, 12-15
                                                                                             With keynote speaker Pulitzer Prize-winning
      Track and Field.
                                                                                             author David
      Steve Scott Invitational, Big West Championships

      April 23-May 1
      Drama at UCI.                                                                      April 17
      The War to End War                                                                 26th Annual
                                                                                         Campus Open
      May 12-28                                                                          House.
      Beall Center for Art and                                                           Celebrate UCI.
      Technology.                                                                        Features the
      Active Space                                                                       Wayzgoose
                                                                                         Medieval Faire,
      June 11-12                                                                         Classic Car Show

      UCI Symphony Orchestra.                                                            on the Green,
      Beyond Category: Ellington,                                                        Earth Day presentations, campus tours and
      Childs and Barber. With guest                                                      more than 100 other activities.
      artist soprano Ann Noriel

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