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UCI Division of Continuing Education Presents New Webinar on the Distinctions Between Science Fiction and Fact

Free Webinar Based On Highly Popular UCI Course -- Now Made Available To The General Public

IRVINE, Calif. – October 18, 2011 – The University of California, Irvine Extension today announced a webinar titled, “Science Fiction and Science Fact Information Session”. Presented by award-winning UC Irvine physics professor, Michael Dennin, the webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PDT. The webinar, based on an internationally-recognized UCI undergraduate course, Physics 12: Science Fiction and Science Fact, examines the separation between “fact” from “fiction” using case studies drawn from human experiences, including superheroes, movies, and real world issues such as global warming. Professor Dennin has appeared on numerous television shows on the History channel, including Batman Tech, Superman Tech, Star Wars Tech and the Ancient Alien series.

Available the first time ever in winter quarter, this fully online, instructor-led course will be available to non-UCI students on an open enrollment basis. “Offering open enrollment for online UCI courses such as this allows the University to serve specific student populations and members of the general public who are seeking to experience firsthand a UC-level undergraduate course,” said Dr. Jia Frydenberg, Associate Dean at the UC Irvine Distance Learning Center (DLC). “The webinar will give participants a sample of what will be covered in the course so they can experience what an actual UCI online course is all about.”

The full-length course may be of special interest to prospective transfer students looking to satisfy general education and lower division requirements, community college students in need of a few extra classes or high school students interested in trying a college-level course. The course is scheduled from January 9 through March 23, 2012. Registration is available starting November 4, 2011.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit