British Visitors Seek Collaboration Opportunities

By Amanda Robbins

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 28, 2008 -- The Irvine division of Calit2 this week hosted a British delegation visiting UCI to explore collaborative research opportunities.

Gian Mario Maggio
A visitor from the British delegation
takes a closer look at HIPerWall.
Vice Chancellor Merfyn Jones, from Wales’ Bangor University, along with members of the British consulate, toured the Calit2 Building before having lunch with UCI Chancellor Michael Drake and Michael Gottfredson, executive vice chancellor and provost.
The group observed the scanning electron microscopes in the Zeiss Center of Excellence, viewed a HIPerWall demonstration in the Visualization Lab, and made an impromptu stop in the Embodied Media + Performance Technology lab, where they saw ACE student Byeong Sam Jeon’s Telematic Drum Circle exhibition.
Jones, who is also chairman of Higher Education Wales, had a two-fold mission. In addition to broadening research links between UCI and Bangor University, he is collaborating with the Welsh government to create a program that will encourage more American students to study in Wales.
Welsh universities are becoming more research-orientated and are attempting to strengthen their ties to industry and other institutions worldwide in the areas of engineering and biomedical studies. Bangor is playing a leading role in Wales’ environmental research; the university recently opened a £7 million eco-friendly environmental science research center that will focus on climate change.