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School Centers

  • In response to many requests from faculty members and Deans, another category of organized research program was created: School Center. These school-based research organizations may be approved by Deans for a defined period of time. The designation as a "School Center" may be advantageous for collaborative research efforts when submitting proposals for gifts, grants, and contracts to extramural sources.

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      Ada Byron Research Center for Diversity in Computing and Information Technology (ABRC)

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      Ada Byron Research Center for Diversity in Computing and Information Technology (ABRC)

      The Ada Byron Research Center for Diversity in Computing and Information Technology, a virtual research center created within UC Irvine's Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, studies and promotes diverse access to and participation in computer science, engineering, digital media and related information technology fields.
      • Director:
        Debra J. Richardson
      • Contact:
        Ada Byron Research Center | abrc@uci.edu |


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      Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP)

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      Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP)

      The Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine addresses the development and deployment of efficient, environmentally sensitive, sustainable power generation and energy conversion worldwide. At the heart of this endeavor is the creation of new knowledge brought about through fundamental and applied research, and the sharing of this knowledge through education and outreach. Industry is actively engaged and vital to this effort.
      • Director:
        Scott Samuelsen
      • Contact:
        Will Decker | wd@apep.uci.edu | 949-824-1999 x11-130


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      Biofuels Innovation Center

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      Biofuels Innovation Center

      • Director:
        Markus Ribbe


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      Center for Administrative Data Analysis

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      Center for Administrative Data Analysis

      The Center for Administrative Data Analysis’s (CADA) goal is to facilitate high-quality research using administrative data to better understand how to enable human flourishing. CADA originated from partnerships with local school districts in California. Like many organizations, schools collect substantial amounts of data in their regular course of business. These data play an important role in the decision-making process. However, schools and other organizations lack the data needed to understand the challenges faced by those they are serving beyond their institution, limiting their ability to help them meet these challenges successfully.
      • Director:
        Andrew Penner
      • Contact:
        General | cada@uci.edu | (949) 824-8411


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      Center for Aerospace Research and Education (CARE)

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      Center for Aerospace Research and Education (CARE)

      The Center for Aerospace Research and Education's (CARE) extensive research activities have perhaps been most widely recognized for significant contributions to the problems associated with the aging civilian and military, aircraft and rotorcraft fleets. The studies in the discipline of mechanics of solids, structures, and materials, have been major thrust areas and involve the analysis and synthesis of low-mass structures, keeping in mind their strength, stiffness, stability, toughness, damage tolerance, longevity, and optimal life-cycle costs. Self-adaptivity and smartness of structures is also of importance.
      • Director:
        Satya N. Atluri
      • Contact:
        Satya N. Atluri | satluri@uci.edu | 949-824-9966


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      Center for Algorithms and Theory of Computation

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      Center for Algorithms and Theory of Computation

      • Director:
        David Eppstein


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      Center for Autism Research and Translation (CART)

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      Center for Autism Research and Translation (CART)

      UC Irvine launched the Center for Autism Research and Translation (CART), a unique public-private partnership seeded by generous philanthropicsupport from the William and Nancy Thompson Family Foundation for Autism, to carry out a comprehensive research and treatment effort to develop novel, effective diagnostics and treatments for autism.
      • Director:
        J. Jay Gargus
      • Contact:
        Jamie Rich | CART@uci.edu | (949) 824-3484


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      Center for Chemical and Structural Biology

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      Center for Chemical and Structural Biology

      The Program in Chemical and Structural Biology seeks to bring the considerable strengths at UC Irvine in Chemical and Structural Biology to bear on cancer-related problems. The main themes of the program are to carry out research on cancer-relevant molecules at the level of atoms and bonds using biophysical and chemical techniques in addition to the development of novel tools for cancer research. UC Irvine has strong programs in synthetic organic chemistry, chemical biology, NMR spectroscopy, computational biology, and X-ray crystallography. A number of faculty have long standing and well funded research projects in structure-based drug design. The Program's main mission is to utilize this expertise in cancer specific research projects.


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      Center for Citizen Peacebuilding

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      Center for Citizen Peacebuilding

      The center conducts research, advances education and organizes action to improve and expand citizen peacebuilding in the United States and around the world.
      • Co-Director(s):
        David Snow and Paula Garb
      • Contact:
        Sandra Cushman | scushman@uci.edu | (949) 824-3344


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      Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Engineering

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      Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Engineering

      The Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Engineering (CENCE) is a multidisciplinary research center aimed at understanding the relation between cognitive abilities and neural systems through brain imaging, brain mapping, computational modeling, informatics, and engineering techniques. The center’s research focus in cognitive neuroscience and engineering spans a wide range of methods involving human and animal work, and engineering techniques, such as BCI, BMI, biorobotics, computational neuroscience, neuroinformatics, neuromorphic engineering, neurorobotics, signal processing, image analysis and mathematical models of brain data.
      • Director:
        Jeff Krichmar
      • Contact:
        Jeff Krichmar | jkrichma@uci.edu | (949) 824-5888


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      Center for Computational Morphodynamics

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      Center for Computational Morphodynamics

      • Director:
        Eric D. Mjolsness
      • Co-Director(s):
        Wayne Hayes
      • Contact:
        Eric D. Mjolsness | emj@ics.uci.edu |


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      Center for Cosmology

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      Center for Cosmology

      The Center for Cosmology within the School of Physical Sciences at UC Irvine is devoted to topics that are linked to the origin and evolution of the Universe:    *  What are the fundamental constituents of the Cosmos?    *  How did galaxies emerge from the primordial Universe?    *  How can astrophysical observations influence our understanding of particle physics?These questions evoke deep connections between the macroscopic world of astrophysics and the microscopic world of particle physics.  Bringing together astrophysicists, cosmologists, and high-energy physicists, the Center for Cosmology thrives on collaborations between varied subfields with a united interest in deciphering the Universe.
      • Director:
        James Bullock
      • Contact:
        General Contact | physics@uci.edu | 949-824-6911


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      Center for Critical Korean Studies

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      Center for Critical Korean Studies

      Drawing existing faculty strengths in Korean studies, the University of California, Irvine is launching a Center for Critical Korean Studies (CCKS), funded by the Academy of Korean Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in South Korea.In response to surging interest in contemporary Korean popular culture and society among students and to leverage UCI’s faculty strengths in Korean studies, the Center will develop innovative interdisciplinary programs, provide research grants for cutting-edge book monographs and essays, hire leading postdoctoral students in critical Korean studies, and invite Korean studies scholars from around the globe to share their research.The Center’s focus on critical studies draws upon UCI’s strengths and reputation in critical theory, which is an interdisciplinary field of study focused on examining the political, cultural, economic, and social relationships within a culture or field of study. The CCKS will focus on producing Korea-specific critical theory as it relates to race, borders, ecology, and contemporary popular culture. The Center will promote activities about learning to read and write Korean, to think critically about Korea’s relationship to the Pacific Rim region and consequently to the world, and to develop a deeper historical understanding of Korea. Such understanding of the important theories and practices of Korean studies, the Center feels, will be critical to the broader understanding of the current globalization and its effects. Ten UCI faculty from three different schools will serve as participating faculty


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      Center for Disaster Medical Sciences

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      Center for Disaster Medical Sciences

      The Center for Disaster Medical Sciences (CDMS) at UC Irvine's School of Medicine was created to advance the art and science of disaster medicine through research, education, training and public policy.
      • Director:
        Kristi L. Koenig
      • Contact:
        Kristi L. Koenig | kkoenig@uci.edu | (714) 456-5239


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      Center for Emergency Response Technologies (CERT)

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      Center for Emergency Response Technologies (CERT)

      The goal of the center is new and innovative technology research. The focus will be on how technology will improve emergency response. At the system level: robust systems, resiliency in extreme situations. At the Information level: convert large-scale, multi-modal information into actionable information upon which decisions can be made. A layer of social science research provides the application context. Engineering research (e.g., transportation systems and alert systems) provide a specific lifeline for which the value of IT can be illustrated.


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      Center for Environmental Biology

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      Center for Environmental Biology

      The Center for Environmental Biology (CEB) in the School of Biological Sciences was established in March 2010 to facilitate research, education, and outreach in biological science to help develop innovative new solutions to environmental problems.


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      Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism

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      Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism

      The Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism (CEM) brings together researchers at UCI interested in epigenetics, chromatin remodeling and cellular metabolism by fostering research interactions, developing novel strategies, and informing the UCI community of the remarkable developments in the field. The CEM creates a physical, intellectual and organizational environment for the study of epigenetics and the relationship with cellular metabolism. The CEM has privileged relationships with other Centers of Epigenetics in Southern California.
      • Director:
        Paolo Sassone-Corsi
      • Contact:
        Paolo Sassone-Corsi | psc@uci.edu | (949) 824-4540, 8056, 9724


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      Center for Evidence-Based Corrections

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      Center for Evidence-Based Corrections

      In an effort to put science before politics when managing state correctional populations, the UC Irvine Center for Evidence-Based Corrections taps the research power of the University of California to evaluate juvenile and adult prison programs – including rehabilitation, parole and reentry programs – and provide information that helps corrections officials make policy decisions based on scientific evidence.
      • Director:
        Susan Turner
      • Co-Director(s):
        Helen Braithwaite
      • Contact:
        Jean Merrell | jmerrell@uci.edu | (949) 824-7372


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      Center for Evolutionary Genetics

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      Center for Evolutionary Genetics

      The School of Biological Sciences at UC Irvine has attracted a preeminent group of evolutionary genetics researchers. The Evolutionary Genetics faculty at UCI is dynamic, growing, and includes more members of the National Academy of Sciences in evolutionary biology than any other institution.


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      Center for Future Health Professionals

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      Center for Future Health Professionals

      Since the establishment of the Center for Future Health Professionals (CFHP), many volunteers have contributed to its success. The CFHP is indebted to those who have guided youth by their insights and participation. The volunteers have many stories to tell about how this program has touched their own lives and the lives of youth they serve.
      • Director:
        Behnoosh Afghani
      • Contact:
        Behnoosh Afghani | bafghani@uci.edu | (714) 456-5726


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      Center for Health Care Management & Policy

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      Center for Health Care Management & Policy

      The Center for Health Care Management and Policy at The Paul Merage School of Business advances knowledge through research and education while providing forums for dialogue on crucial challenges and concerns facing the nation’s health care system today. This interdisciplinary research institute brings together health care scholars, policy experts, and industry professionals to share vital information and a range of perspectives on such fundamental issues as quality of care, cost and access.
      • Director:
        Paul Feldstein
      • Co-Director(s):
        Margaret Wong
      • Contact:
        Margaret Wong | mwong@uci.edu | (949) 824-8474


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      Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS)

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      Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS)

      As and informal interdisciplinary group, the center currently brings together faculty and researchers from the departments civil and environmental engineering and earth system science in the university of California, Irvine. Our group jointly conducts research aiming to advance the knowledge of the water and energy cycle at scales ranging from the local watersheds to continental scales. Our main focus is land-surface hydrologic processes, their spatial and temporal variability, and the use of remote sensing information and computer models to improve both our understanding of these processes and our ability to model them in order to predict the impacts natural and anthropogenic variabilities on water resources. The majority of CHRS research activities are funded by NASA, NOAA, and NSF.
      • Director:
        Soroosh Sorooshian
      • Contact:
        Diane Hohnbaum | dhohnbau@uci.edu | 949-824-8821


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      Center for Jewish Studies

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      Center for Jewish Studies

      Jewish Studies at UC Irvine reflects the range and diverse dimensions of the Jewish experience as well as different approaches to studying Jewish life and culture. Recognizing that Jews throughout the world constitute much more than a religious entity, Jewish Studies at UC Irvine emphasizes the historical development of Jewish institutions, culture, and society in a variety of international settings.
      • Director:
        Matthias Lehmann
      • Contact:
        Kazumo Washizuka | kwashizu@uci.edu | (949) 824-7254


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      Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR)

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      Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR)

      The Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR) strives to make UC Irvine School of Law a nationally recognized site for scholarship, education, public and stakeholder engagement on environmental, natural resources, and land use law. Early in the planning of the Law School, UC Irvine identified environmental law as a core focus. The center is a key part of that vision, building on UCI Law's strong environmental faculty, its new Environmental Law Clinic, and the University’s and Law School’s commitment to the interdisciplinary study of environmental problems.


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      Center for Language Science

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      Center for Language Science



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      Center for Legal Philosophy

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      Center for Legal Philosophy

      Information forthcoming
      • Director:
        TBA


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      Center for Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems

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      Center for Machine Learning and Intelligent Systems

      Research in the fields of machine learning and intelligent systems addresses the fundamental problem of developing computer algorithms that can harness the vast amounts of digital data available in the 21st century and then use this data in an intelligent way to solve a variety of real-world problems. Examples of research activities in the Center range across areas as different as web search engines, statistical text mining, spam email filtering, information retrieval, automated reasoning, image and video data analysis, sensor networks, astronomy and planetary sciences, ocean and atmospheric sciences, systems biology, medical diagnosis, chemical informatics, and microarray genomics.
      • Director:
        Padhraic Smyth
      • Co-Director(s):
        Pierre Baldi and Max Welling


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      Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing

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      Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing

      "CPCC was established in 2000 to facilitate research in emerging communications technologies that will dramatically change the way people access and use information.The need for ubiquitous communications to anywhere at anytime results in many challenges in different areas of communications, information theory, signal processing, systems, circuits, and networking. CPCC conducts fundamental research in these areas with the goal of pushing the technological limits as far as possible."


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      Center for Psychology and Law

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      Center for Psychology and Law

      The UCI Psychology and Law Center is a focal point for research linking the fields of psychology and law. The Center’s primary goals are to foster collaboration and communication among academics, legal professionals, policy makers, and the general public, and to address areas of inquiry where social sciences and legal systems intersect. Our mission is to bridge the gap between scientific evidence and public policy.
      • Director:
        Elizabeth Cauffman


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      Center for Solar Energy

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      Center for Solar Energy

      The Center for Solar Energy was established in 2007 to pioneer research in solar energy conversion. Presently, solar energy provides an insignificant fraction (<<1%) of the United States' overall energy needs, and fundamental scientific breakthroughs will be required to change this state of affairs. The mission of the Center for Solar Energy (CfSE) is to study the fundamental scientific principles of solar energy conversion and to educate scientists, students, and the general public about harnessing our most abundant energy resource.


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      Center for the Advancement of Logic, its Philosophy, History, and Applications (C-ALPHA)

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      Center for the Advancement of Logic, its Philosophy, History, and Applications (C-ALPHA)

      The mission of the Center for the Advancement of Logic, its Philosophy, History and Applications is to: Increase national and international visibility of logic research within the school and across campus Foster collaboration between logicians, and scholars whose work substantially involves logic at UC Irvine Liaise with logic centers in California, the U.S., and abroad Interface with school units covering neighboring fields Guide graduate students to the frontiers of research through engagement with faculty projects Aid in the recruitment of graduate students interested in a career in logic Realize synergies in the planning, financing and running of conferences, workshops, and colloquia  
      • Director:
        Kai Wehmeier
      • Co-Director(s):
        Jeremy Heis & Sean Walsh
      • Contact:
        Patty Jones | patty.jones@uci.edu | (949) 824-1520


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      Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

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      Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

      The Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (CNLM) was established by the UC Regents in 1983 and is the first research institute in the world dedicated exclusively to the multidisciplinary study of learning and memory mechanisms. The CNLM's mission is to promote the most innovative learning and memory research transforming education, technology and brain health. In order to accomplish this mission, CNLM Faculty Fellows strive to understand how the brain learns and remembers information using a wide variety of experimental techniques at multiple levels of analysis. These include studies of the molecular cascades underlying experience-dependent changes in neuronal function, the systems in the brain that support different types of learning and memory, and how alterations in brain structure and function affect behavior.
      • Director:
        Michael A. Yassa, Ph.D.
      • Contact:
        General Inquiries | memory@uci.edu | (949) 824-5193


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      Center for the Study of Early Cultures

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      Center for the Study of Early Cultures

      Information forthcoming
      • Director:
        Lyle Massey


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      Center for Tissue Engineering

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      Center for Tissue Engineering



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      Center for Trauma and Injury Prevention Research

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      Center for Trauma and Injury Prevention Research

      The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine's Center for Trauma and Injury Prevention Research (CTIPR) is committed to the reduction of associated personal and societal burden of traumatic injury through conducting multidisciplinary research, translating research into policy and practice, serving as a regional and national resource, and working in close partnership with communities.
      • Director:
        Shahram Lotfipour
      • Contact:
        Shahram Lotfipour | ucicasi@gmail.com | (714) 456-7579


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      Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect

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      Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect

      UC Irvine's Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect is committed to eliminating abuse of the elderly. Established with a grant from the Archstone Foundation, the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect is part of the School of Medicine’s Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. It is a first-of-its-kind program that strives to promote aging with dignity and eliminate aging with fear.
      • Co-Director(s):
        Laura Mosqueda and Mary Twomey


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      Center on Stress and Health

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      Center on Stress and Health

      Dr. Zeev Kain first established the laboratory under the name, the Center for the Advancement of Perioperative Health (CAPH) in 1993 at Yale University to discover ways to improve the quality of life in children and adults before, during, and after surgery (considered the perioperative period). At the outset, CAPH research primarily focused on improving anxiety and pain in the perioperative setting. In 2008, after moving to the University of California, Irvine and CHOC Children's, CAPH has broadened its field of investigation to include multi-disciplinary approaches to managing pain and anxiety in a wide range of medical settings and situations and as such has changed its name to the UCI Center on Stress & Health (CSH).
      • Director:
        Zeev Kain
      • Co-Director(s):
        Michelle Fortier
      • Contact:
        Eva Maurer | emaurer@uci.edu | (714) 456-2838


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      Community Outreach Partnership Center

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      Community Outreach Partnership Center

      Initiated in 2001, the Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) builds bridges between UCI and local communities. We harness university resources—faculty, student, and institutional—to help address key challenges in our region. COPC projects are guided by our commitment to “community engagement.” We use applied research, training and instruction, and outreach to help build and sustain healthy communities.
      • Director:
        Victor Becerra
      • Contact:
        Victor Becerra | vbecerra@uci.edu | (949) 824-9337


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      Comprehensive Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center

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      Comprehensive Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center



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      Culture, Law and Capital Center

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      Culture, Law and Capital Center

      The Culture, Law, and Capital Center is an interdisciplinary group of scholars with major research interests in the political economy of film, television, music, and literary production. Our areas of expertise are the legal, financial, and cultural relationships that obtain between cultural producers, consumers, and their intermediaries. We are especially interested in how the digital shift has challenged extant ideas about intellectual property rights, the nature and value of creative labor, the meaning of authorship, and the definition of media themselves.


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      Developmental Biology Center

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      Developmental Biology Center

      The Developmental Biology Center (DBC) is a School Center in UCI’s Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences. The mission of the DBC is to support campus-wide activities that benefit the developmental biology community at UCI and to foster collaborations that can garner independent funding.
      • Director:
        Rob Steele
      • Contact:
        General Contact | dbc@uci.edu |


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      Education Center for Research on Teacher Development and Professional Practice

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      Education Center for Research on Teacher Development and Professional Practice

      The mission of the School of Education at UC Irvine is to promote the educational success and achievement of ethnically and economically diverse learners of all ages through collective research, teaching, and service activities that foster learning and development in and out of school (P-20). The Education Center supports this mission by focusing on teacher development and the ways in which teachers' professional practice in K-12 settings fosters student learning for diverse populations. Since a substantial body of research concludes that teacher expertise is the single most important factor affecting student learning, teacher professional development is increasingly recognized as a key component of education reform.


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      Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology

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      Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology

      The Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology is an academic-based research and training center housed within The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine aimed at fostering an interdisciplinary approach toward advancing our understanding of cardiovascular disease.The concept behind the Center was developed in 2006 by the leadership at Edwards Lifesciences Corporation and the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME).  The goal was to create an academic focal point for cardiovascular research and training within the dynamic biomedical device sector of Orange County.  This goal was consistent with the long-term ambition of the Samueli School and the BME Department to build meaningful relationships with local companies that could provide opportunities for technology transfer and employment of students, as well as that of Edwards Lifesciences to create a source of highly-trained and skilled local engineering talent, and new technologies in the rapidly-developing cardiovascular space.
      • Director:
        Steven C. George


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      Experimental Social Science Laboratory

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      Experimental Social Science Laboratory

      The Experimental Social Science Laboratory (ESSL) is a computer laboratory for the experimental study of individual and interactive decision making. Located at SBSG 1240, the laboratory can conduct computer-based experiments of up to 40 subjects, but ESSL also has capabilities to conduct internet-based experiments. ESSL is available for use by researchers of all social scientific disciplines who conduct experiments according to the standards of experimental economics.
      • Director:
        Michael McBride


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      Institute for 21st Century Creativity (21 C)

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      Institute for 21st Century Creativity (21 C)

      The Institute for 21st Century Creativity (21C) cultivates interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and metadisciplinary practices linking art, technology and design. Based in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, 21C supports artistic creation and associated research across the entire UC Irvine campus.


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      Institute for International, Global and Regional Studies (IIGaRS)

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      Institute for International, Global and Regional Studies (IIGaRS)

      The research component of International Studies promotes connections among the wide array of faculty and students at UCI with international and global interests.


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      Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion

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      Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion

      Established in 2008, the Institute is housed in the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Its mission is to support research on money and technology among the world's poorest people: those who live on less than $1 per day. We seek to create a community of practice and inquiry into the everyday uses and meanings of money, as well as examining the technological infrastructures being developed as carriers of mainstream and alternative currencies worldwide.
      • Director:
        Bill Maurer
      • Contact:
        Jenny Fan | imtfi@uci.edu | (949) 824-2284


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      International Center for Writing and Translation

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      International Center for Writing and Translation



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      Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic Center for Primary Immunodeficiencies

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      Jeffrey Modell Diagnostic Center for Primary Immunodeficiencies

      UC Irvine Health is home to the Jeffrey Modell Center for Primary Immunodeficiences, one of only 50 such clinics in the world dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of children and adults born with improperly functioning immune systems.An estimated 500,000 people in the United States suffer from recurring, persistent or chronic infections caused by inherited defects in their immune systems, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.


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      Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction (LUCI)

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      Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction (LUCI)

      LUCI, the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction, serves as a focal point for research that follows from this vision. Our group of researchers are interested in the challenges of designing, using, and understanding the elements of a ubiquitous computing world.  Some of these different facets include computing in the face of mobile computers and mobile users, understanding and exploring new patterns of socio-technical behavior, and the design and construction of technology which supports ubiquitous computing.
      • Director:
        Don Patterson
      • Contact:
        Marty Beach | | 949-824-2901


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      Latin American Studies Center

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      Latin American Studies Center

      Latin America is a complex cultural and historical region created by Spanish and Portuguese colonization in the New World and which encompasses territories and peoples from the southernmost tip of South America to the Caribbean Islands and the United States. As an area born out of a series of conquests, migrations, contacts and conflicts it is transcultural, multi-lingual and multi-ethnic. It has been a vital part of the formation of the modern world even as it has continued to function as a source for the expression of economic, political and cultural alternatives to dominant Western formations. At present, the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Irvine offers an undergraduate minor as well as a graduate emphasis in Latin American Studies. Additionally the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Irvine brings together an active group of scholars and graduate students whose project is to promote dialogue and collaboration in the study of Latin America across disciplinary boundaries and increase the educational activities on Latin America at UCI, including course development, guest speakers, research support and cultural events.
      • Director:
        Adriana M. C. Johnson
      • Contact:
        Linda Le | ttle@uci.edu | (949) 824-7726


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      Long US–China Institute

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      Long US–China Institute

      Serves as UC Irvine’s U.S.–China institute to enhance and facilitate knowledge about the opportunities and challenges of China’s rise


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      Multiple Sclerosis Research Center (MSRC)

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      Multiple Sclerosis Research Center (MSRC)

      UCI formally established the Multiple Sclerosis Research Center (MSRC) in February of 2011. A major focus of ongoing research at UC Irvine is to develop new therapeutic strategies designed to limit ongoing demyelination while repairing damaged nerve tissue. The MSRC’s established clinical and research programs have made it one of only 15 Collaborative Centers for MS Research (as designated by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society) in the United States. Access to cutting-edge research being done in other Collaborative Centers allows UCI faculty the ability to try new approaches to MS treatments.
      • Director:
        Thomas E. Lane
      • Co-Director(s):
        Michael Demetriou
      • Contact:
        Craig Walsh | cwalsh@uci.edu | (949) 824-8487


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      Pediatric Exercise Research Center

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      Pediatric Exercise Research Center

      Physical activity is a critical moderator of growth and development in children and adolescents. Exercise may also have substantial therapeutic benefits for children who suffer from a variety of chronic disease and disabilities. Despite the clinical and biological importance of exercise in children, there is a surprising lack of research focused on the fundamental mechanisms that link exercise with growth and development in the healthy child or that identifies the mechanisms of therapeutic exercise effects in specific disease conditions.The Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center (PERC) was established in 2006 under the leadership of Dan M. Cooper, MD. The goal of the center is to expand the conduct of interdisciplinary clinical and basic science research and research training in pediatric exercise science.
      • Director:
        Shlomit Radom-Aizik
      • Contact:
        Shlomit Radom-Aizik | saizik@uci.edu | (949) 824-2584


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      Personal Computing Industry Center (PCIC)

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      Personal Computing Industry Center (PCIC)

      The Personal Computing Industry Center (PCIC) is a key source of knowledge, objective data, and independent thought about the rapidly changing global information industry. It brings together industry executives and researchers to discuss industry issues and new research findings. The center conducts basic and applied research and is an ongoing industry resource for understanding industry trends, analyzing emerging markets and technologies, and providing insights about new developments.
      • Co-Director(s):
        Kenneth L. Kraemer and Jason Dedrick
      • Contact:
        Kenneth L. Kraemer | kkraemer@uci.edu | (949) 824-5246


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      School of Physical Sciences Center for Mathematical and Computational Biology

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      School of Physical Sciences Center for Mathematical and Computational Biology

      Established in 2005, Center for Mathematical & Computational Biology (CMCB) is focus on building a research and training environment dedicated to mathematical and computational biology. CMCB faculties possess diverse backgrounds and work on a variety of scientific questions. Their research work aims at the mathematical representation, treatment and modeling of biological processes, using mathematical and computational techniques and tools.


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      Secure Computing and Networking Center (SCONCE)

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      Secure Computing and Networking Center (SCONCE)

      The importance of security and privacy in our increasingly computerized life is difficult to overestimate. Barely a day goes by without a major news story about identity theft, privacy-eroding legislation and industry practices, spam, phishing, worms, viruses, etc. Threats to security and privacy come from an increasingly broad array of sources, including organized crime, unscrupulous advertisers, overzealous governments, political protestors, and terrorist organizations. A concerted research effort will be needed in the next one or two decades to develop feasible and effective remedies that are effective, legal, enforceable, meaningful and acceptable for computer users.
      • Director:
        Gene Tsudik


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      Shakespeare Center

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      Shakespeare Center

      Shakespeare has been a part of UCI ever since Clayton Garrison directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the campus’s first class of drama students in 1965. Forty-seven years later, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts launched the New Swan Shakespeare Festival, which performs two plays in repertory each summer in an intimate outdoor theater modeled on an Elizabethan stage. UCI has been home to many distinguished Shakespeare scholars, including Robert Montgomery, James Calderwood and Robert Weimann, and for ten years has sponsored the dynamic Group for the Study of Early Cultures. The UCI Shakespeare Center will build on existing partnerships between Arts and Humanities by developing broad-based, research-driven programming that cultivates the forms of embodied speech, imaginative response and historical reckoning that constitute drama as an art form. Under the leadership of Julia Reinhard Lupton, Professor of English and a Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America, and Eli Simon, Chancellor’s Professor of Drama and Artistic Director of the New Swan Shakespeare Festival, the Center aims to make UCI the premier institution in California for the integrated production, study and enjoyment of Shakespeare.


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      The Nursing Science Center for the Advancement of Women's Health

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      The Nursing Science Center for the Advancement of Women's Health



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      UCI Center for Addiction Neurosciences (ICAN)

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      UCI Center for Addiction Neurosciences (ICAN)

      The Irvine Center for Addiction Neuroscience (ICAN), located at the University of California, Irvine, will create an environment that will enhance the education of students (undergraduate and graduate) and postdoctoral trainees, as well as attract philanthropic activity through public awareness and outreach programs both local and beyond. The impact of a creating a center would be transformative in fertilizing addiction neuroscience research and collaborations incorporating genetic, epigenetic, systems/circuits, and clinical approaches, as well as patient care/outreach. Led by Dr. Marcelo Wood and Dr. Frances Leslie, ICAN will bring together UCI drug abuse and addiction researchers to discuss research and identify areas of synergy that can be leveraged to address more significant questions in the field. ICAN envisions the pursuit of the most difficult questions in addiction research, offer the highest quality addiction neuroscience education, and provide significant public education and addiction scientific literacy through outreach programs.
      • Director:
        Marcelo A. Wood, PhD
      • Co-Director(s):
        Frances M. Leslie, PhD
      • Contact:
        Naima Louridi | nlouridi@uci.edu | (949) 824-8519


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      UCI Center for Healthspan Science

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      UCI Center for Healthspan Science

      • Director:
        Mahtab Jafari
      • Contact:
        Mahtab Jafari | mjafari@uci.edu | (949) 824-0145


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      UCI Critical Theory

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      UCI Critical Theory

      UCI Critical Theory is the institutional home for events, research, and study related to critical theory at the University of California, Irvine. In addition to the annual Wellek Lecture series and the Koehn Public Lecture in Critical Theory, the center oversees the Critical Theory Emphasis, which trains and certifies graduate students from across the campus—humanities, arts, social sciences, and beyond—in a variety of critical approaches. The center also offers mini-seminars with up and coming scholars, as well as research seminars and workshops for faculty and graduate students.
      • Director:
        James Steintrager
      • Contact:
        General Contact | humcom@uci.edu | (949) 824-1948


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