The Office of Academic Initiatives was established by the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor to support UCI’s eight inter-school academic initiatives. Find out more.
DATA SCIENCE INITIATIVE
In an increasingly data-centric world, electronic information has become a critical element in modern research, education, medicine and business. In fact, it’s estimated that by 2020, information technology departments will be monitoring 50 times more data than they are today. The data science initiative will bring together faculty from almost every school to explore overlapping interests in the area of data science/big data, including methodology, infrastructure, theory, policy, and education.
EXERCISE MEDICINE & SPORT SCIENCES INITIATIVE
This initiative promotes scholarly activities and innovative discoveries in all fields associated with movement, including exercise and sport sciences, exercise medicine, and rehabilitation. The Initiative is dedicated to enhancing human health and wellness through undergraduate and graduate teaching, basic and translational research, development of innovative technologies, service to the community, and clinical activities.
MEDICAL HUMANITIES INITIATIVE
Uniting faculty from the School of Humanities, the School of Medicine, the School of Social Sciences and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, this initiative in medical humanities aims to advance a holistic understanding of the conditions and possibilities for health, healing, and well-being. Activities will focus on promoting a healthcare model that’s patient-centered, culturally sensitive, and responsive to community needs.
Oceans are important for the Earth System but are vulnerable to human impacts such as climate change, overfishing, and pollution. Across campus, researchers at UCI are tackling pressing marine and on-shore environmental concerns and investigating questions at both global and local scales. This Initiative will offer a fresh take on ocean research and education by embracing a vision and approach that spans the natural sciences, engineering, social science, arts, education, law, and governance and is thus distinct from other marine research institutions.
SALTON SEA INITIATIVE
The Salton Sea Initiative is part of the Water UCI and Sustainability Initiatives. This initiative includes a multidisciplinary group building connections among communities concerned about the sustainability challenges facing the Salton Sea region.
The Sustainability Initiative provides a platform for interdisciplinary scholarship on the critical climate, environment, and resource issues confronting society. The Initiative aims to infuse sustainability across campus, empowering students and faculty with the rich institutional history of impactful research. The Sustainability Initiative promotes collaborations with diverse communities on and off campus in developing solutions to challenges affecting California and the globe. Community-engaged scholarship and practice are integral to UCI’s excellence as a research university and underlies how we create knowledge to serve society.
This initiative will foster collaboration in the fields of fundamental and applied water science, technology, engineering, management and policy. The team will tackle “grand challenges” – high-consequence, high-uncertainty problems that entail unprecedented mitigation costs, have the potential to generate social conflict, and may be approaching irreversibility. California will be used as both a point of departure to address global water issues and a benchmark for applying innovations in areas such as water resource monitoring, groundwater management, wastewater recycling and demand-side management.