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UCI Alumni Makes $10.4 Million Gift to the School

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UCI Alumni Makes $10.4 Million Gift to the School

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The University of California—Irvine (UCI) says a $10.4 million donation from one of its “most successful alumni” will help it create a more inclusive computing field. The gift from the Steckler Charitable Fund—formed by Vincent and Amanda Steckler—will also benefit art history students. About $5.4 million will be used to support students studying art history by funding research-related travel, mentoring, experiential learning, and more. The other $5 million will establish the Center for Responsible, Ethical and Accessible Technologies within the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS). The unit will focus on creating a computing industry that’s inclusive, accessible, and safe. Vincent Steckler, who graduated UCI in 1980 with degrees in mathematics and computer science, is former chief executive of Avast Antivirus Software, which he built from a small regional business into a global provider of internet security. He said in a statement that his gift to the …

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