News In Brief

Third-Year at UCI named Student Regent for Two-Year Term

UC Irvine student government member Jesse Cheng, a third-year Asian-American studies major, received the position of UC student regent after a rigorous selection process. Upon accepting, Cheng will serve a two-year term beginning July 1.

In the first year as “student regent-designate,” the student attends all six board meetings but cannot vote. During the second year, the student assumes the official title of “student regent” and gains full voting privileges.

UC Santa Barbara graduate Jesse Bernal, appointed last year, will serve as the student regent for the 2009-10 school year, replacing D’Artagnan Scorza.

Established by the UC to administer a public trust, the regents are chosen to reflect the community with the student regent directly representing the interests of the students.

A UCI student has not served as the student regent since Jenny Doh in her 1990-1991 term.

Healthcare Doctors and Nurses Honored for Leadership

During Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week’s ceremony on May 19 at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, UC Irvine healthcare doctors and nurses were honored by Orange County’s Emergency Medical Services for outstanding leadership in the delivery of emergency services.

Dr. Steven C. Cramer, associate professor of neurology, received the Vision in EMS Award for heading the creation of the first Stroke-Neurology Receiving Center system in Orange County; the six receiving centers with specialists available 24 hours a day will be the first system in all of Southern California.

Instead of simply identifying the signs of a stroke and diagnosing patients, Orange County medics, who come across around 8,000 new cases of stroke a year, can now transfer patients directly to the centers for immediate trauma care, potentially decreasing the consequences. Currently, strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States and cause severe long-term debilitation.

School of Law Receives $2 Million Grant From Anonymous Donor

The UC Irvine School of Law received a $2 million grant from an anonymous foundation “of global” reach to start an environmental law clinic. Working with a team of trained lawyers and professionals, students will be provided with hands-on opportunities with the potential of leading to real-time legal and policy work.

The clinic will delve into environmental law, health and sustainability and will be dedicated to protecting the environment and Southern California’s natural resources.

The law school will be funded through tuition and campus enrollment and also through private donations. Currently the most selective in the nation, accepting only 4 percent of its applicants for the upcoming year, the school has already raised $28 million in charitable support.