UC Irvine Retiree Highlights

Dr Chang Sok Suh

Dr Chang Sok Suh UCI Highlighted Retiree
Dr Chang Sok Suh

Acupuncture Anatomy: Regional Micro-Anatomy and Systemic Acupuncture Networks

Chang Sok Suh, MD, OMD, PhD, is Professor of Anatomy, Yuin University, a volunteer at the Willed Body Program at the UC Irvine College of Medicine and was also a recipient of the honorable President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama in 2014.  His publication, Acupuncture Anatomy: Regional Micro-Anatomy and Systemic Acupuncture Networks, integrates Western and Eastern medicine, providing a scientific foundation for acupuncture. By correlating detailed anatomical information with specific acupuncture points, the book opens a window to understanding the physiological basis of acupuncture medicine.The book’s bulleted format and numerous illustrations make it easy to read and understand. It is a valuable companion for those wanting to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western medicine as it relates to acupuncture.

His most recent research and teaching was with the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at UC Irvine where he served as speaker and coordinator for the “Introduction to Oriental Medicine” for first-year medical students sponsored by the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine.

He is a volunteer at the UCI Willed Body Program and occasionally teaches acupuncture anatomy classes to licensed California acupuncturists. His book has been strongly recommended for the college and university level student and for all hospital and clinical personnel.

UCI Stars

  • Rachel Maus
  • Jan Harper
  • Pat Price
  • Nancy Gasparotti
  • Cindy Fern

The group is comprised of Rachel Maus (founding member, retired 2008 as Director of Finance at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering), Jan Harper founding member, retired 2007 as Principal Administrative Analyst in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost), Pat Price (founding member, retired 2012 as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Personnel), Nancy Gasparotti (retired 2010 as Degree-Works specialist for Registrar’s office), and Cindy Fern (retired 2014 as Director of Student Affairs for the School of Physical Sciences).

The members developed an interest in stitching in 2002 when Nancy Minear, then Research and Evaluation Director for Student A_airs (passed away in 2012), showed co-workers a quilt she’d made. Colleagues expressed an interest, so she showed everyone how it was done. Thus began weekly lunch-hour sewing bees in Aldrich Hall.

From 2002 to 2012, the UCI Stars created one group quilt per year that was auctioned for charity. They raised over $20,000 for various charities including the Chao Family Cancer Center. In 2009, while still UCI staff members, the group was awarded the ‘Living Our Values’ staff team award by Chancellor Michael Drake.

In retirement they have continued donating their individually made items to the cancer center -- hundreds of quilts, pillows and tote bags made at monthly sew fests. Donna Baker, a licensed Clinical Social Worker, was the initial contact coordinating donations to the cancer center. Baker retired in 2014 and has now taken up quilting herself and joins the sew fests from time to time.

Marie Perezcastaneda

Marie Perezcastaneda 2018 CER Retiree Highlight
Marie Perezcastaneda

For 36 years, Marie Perezcastaneda has been a dedicated employee of UCI, ending her full-time career as Director of Business Services for the Office of Information Technology in October of 2016. During that time as well as since that time, she has inspired and engaged with the community, volunteering with the Orange County Rescue Mission (OCRM) in their Village of Hope’s Success Center with career path, networking opportunities and temporary placements; and Heritage Elementary STEAM Magnet School in Tustin working closely with teaching staff, front office staff and supporting the parent community.

We are fond of saying that faculty and staff do not stop being Anteaters once their full-time employment ends. Everyday, we get to hear wonderful stories regarding UC Retirees like Marie who continue to be UCI’s advocates, ambassadors and assets.