News in Brief

Former Soviet Leader, Gorbachev, to Speak at UCI
The former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev will receive the inaugural UCI Citizen Peacebuilding award at UCI on March 23. The same day, Gorbachev will speak on ‘The Road to a Sustainable Environment and a Safer World’ in the Barclay Theatre at 7 p.m.
Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 after overseeing two broad disarmament pacts and the end of Communist rule in Eastern Europe.
Gorbachev founded the Green Cross International whose aim is to aid people affected by the environmental consequences of wars and conflicts.

UCI Professor Makes Brain Cell Research Discovery
The study revealed the ways in which adults grow new neurons in the brain and how these new cells mature in the part of the brain associated with memory and learning.
Through conducting research on the brains of adult rats, Professor Charles E. Ribak found that stem cells could potentially mature into new neurons.
These findings could significantly impact treatments for memory-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.
Ribak’s findings appeared in the March 12 issue of the journal Brain Research, which commemorated the publication’s 1,000th volume.