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February 23, 2002
Deirdre Newman An engineering contest at UC Irvine on Friday had all the drama of an Olympic match when a student was nearly disqualified, before ultimately taking first place. Granted the Leaping Leyden Jar contest did not involve triple axels or a French judge, but it captured the creative spirit that engineers are not usually known for. The contest required students to fling a nine-volt battery as far as possible using its own power. It was the last competition in a week that saw the usually serious-minded engineers get wild and crazy, devising Popsicle-stick bridges, dropping eggs from the 10-story engineering tower and trying to outthink each other.
By Candice Baker | November 2, 2009
Christopher Duma’s goal is to modernize the treatment of neurological diseases. Duma, a neurosurgeon, is the medical director of the brain tumor and GammaKnife programs at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach. He has developed a novel treatment using GammaKnife technology to “head off tumors at the pass,” he said. He patented the treatment, which he calls Leading Edge. “I treat the most brain tumors south of Los Angeles,” Duma said.
By Steve Virgen | November 10, 2011
Tony Horvath, a Newport Harbor High alumnus who was on the Sailors' 1970 league championship football team, has been battling cancer since April. He endured chemotherapy from prostate cancer. He also recently went through brain surgery to have a benign tumor removed and has since been recovering. Horvath was featured in the Daily Pilot in April, as he and his friend, Randy Hamilton, are producing a documentary on the 1970 Sailors' football team, which won Newport Harbor's first league title in 28 years.
January 29, 2004
Deirdre Newman A 10-year-old who had been fighting brain cancer for five months died Tuesday night. Tony Morrell, who loved to play with his Xbox, was a fourth-grader at Kaiser Elementary School. Around Christmastime, Tony was given two to four weeks to live. His family took him to Texas to try an experimental drug, but his cancer was too advanced and he was too weak for it to work. His parents, Carol Dugan and Bill Morrell, will not be commenting publicly for at least a week.
July 28, 2002
Young Chang Robert Rodriguez went home a proud man Saturday as both his godson and cousin proved themselves ice-cream eating champions at the Orange County Fair's "It's Not Easy Being Green" contest. The wins started with 5-year-old James Chavez, who competed in the 5-and-under category. He sat on the floor with five other children and their bowls of mint chocolate chip ice cream (hence the "green" in the contest title.) James dove in. He placed his face all but in his bowl of ice cream and concentrated entirely on the task of shoveling the stuff in. His competitors tried to do the same but lacked the intensity James had. One little girl got scared and held onto her father's leg. She didn't touch her bowl.
May 16, 2000
Andrew Glazer BALBOA PENINSULA -- An orange device, only slightly larger than R2-D2, was swiveled into place Monday, boring a circular groove into the pavement on Balboa Boulevard. Soon, a construction crew would install the nerve endings of the new "smart" parking meter, which will sense when drivers feed the meter beyond its one-hour limit. The new meters are also able to detect when a car leaves the spot with time remaining, which causes the meter to stealthily reset to zero time.
August 26, 2004
Alicia Robinson If they gave Olympic medals for smarts, Rep. Chris Cox would have won the bronze this week, according to an annual survey by Washingtonian magazine. Cox ranked as the third-brainiest member of Congress, trailing California Rep. Bill Thomas and Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank. The magazine surveys staff members on Capitol Hill every year to determine who's a hard worker, who's a windbag, and who looks good in a bathing suit, among other things.
By Kelly Strodl | March 25, 2006
You can't teach an old dog new tricks, the saying goes, but a bunch of old dogs in Irvine may be teaching us a few new tricks about controlling memory loss. For five years, UC Irvine medical researcher Elizabeth Head has studied aging in the brain. Her work is part of a growing body of research suggesting that a diet rich in certain vitamins and other compounds can repair memory loss and improve learning capabilities. In a study of beagles between the ages of 8 and 12, Head tested the dogs' ability to keep and make memories.
October 16, 2003
B.W. COOK "Within psychiatric circles, if you kill yourself, you earn the right to be considered a 'successful' suicide," said Kay Redfield Jamison, author of the national bestseller "An Unquiet Mind: a Memoir of Moods and Madness." This is a success you can live without. Suicidal depression, I decided in the midst of my indescribably awful, 18-month bout of it, is God's way of keeping manics in their place. It works." She addressed the Newport-Mesa crowd at the Marriott Fashion Island as the keynote speaker of the ninth annual Silver Ribbon Award Dinner presented by the Brain Imaging Center of UC Irvine, College of Medicine.
By Joseph Serna | May 29, 2009
When Newport Heights Elementary School Principal Kurt Suhr called out Julia Barney’s name for a math award Friday morning, it was met with the collective sigh of hundreds of unsurprised students. Julia Barney winning a math award? Duh. Just a year earlier, the 12-year-old was reciting the Pi sequence out to 100 places for the school talent show. When asked if they’d seen Julia receive a student award before, nearly everyone raised his or her hand. Hate to tell her fellow students, but they’ll probably just have to get used to it. “We have a designated math time in class, and a lot of times my friends will come up to me and ask me ‘How do I do this?
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