'Sara Spins' - Wheelchair-bound freshman makes immediate impact
Freshman Sara Whitestone offers the latest inspiring tale about the pride, determination, warmth and support that is fundamental to the Bearcat family. Beset by a rare condition called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that placed her in a wheelchair as she approached her college years, Sara is driven to help other students with disabilities flourish at UC and effectively manage a campus with challenging terrain for those with limited mobility. She made such a dynamic first impression upon arriving at UC that her friends, family, and even UC President Santa Ono came together to support her nonprofit organization, Sara Spins. The group raised funds for a specialized motor-assist wheelchair for Sara and now looks to do the same for others who need it.
Learn more and watch a video about Sara and the Sara Spins initiative.
UC research beckons rollable, foldable e-devices
New research from UC is moving consumers closer to having e-Readers and tablets that can transmit brighter and more vivid pictures, recharge via available light, and collapse for easy portability. The research is the product of three doctoral students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, as well as Jason Heikenfeld, associate professor of electronic and computing systems. "Think of this as the green iPad or e-Reader, combining high function and high color without the weight of a heavy battery, readable out in the sunlight, and foldable into your pocket," said Heikenfeld.
Read more about this breakthrough research.