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UC Irvine Professor Receives OpenCourseWare Leadership Award

Honor is Given by OpenCourseWare Consortium at Annual Global Conference

IRVINE, Calif. – April 23, 2012 – Dr. Oladele Ogunseitan, professor of public health and founding Chair of the department of Population Health and Disease Prevention at the University of California, Irvine, is a recipient of the OpenCourseWare Leadership Excellence (ACE) Award, given by OpenCourseWare Consortium (OCW Consortium). Ogunseitan received the prestigious Leadership ACE award in recognition of his role in raising the profile of the UC Irvine free and open education site.

“UC Irvine and its professors continue to be recognized by the OpenCourseWare (OCW) and Open Educational Resources (OER) communities for our commitment to the growth of open and freely available courses and materials,” said Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D., Dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Summer Session at UC Irvine. “Dr. Ogunseitan is deserving of this award, which recognizes his significant commitment to the advancement of UC Irvine’s OCW program through the addition of lectures and course materials to our site, along with the promotion of open educational resources to the community.”

The Awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence annually recognize individuals, courseware and OpenCourseWare sites. Ogunseitan received his award at the OCW Consortium’s annual conference, which was held in Cambridge, UK from April 16-18, 2012.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition from the OCW Consortium,” said Ogunseitan. “It’s important that more colleges and universities embrace this movement and add their courses and lectures to the OCW Consortium’s catalogue to increase access to higher education around the world.”

Ogunseitan is chair of UC Irvine’s Program in Public Health, is a professor of social ecology, has operated as the co-director of the UC Irvine Framework Program in Global health since 2009, and also serves as the Director of Research Education, Training and Career Development for the NIH- funded Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. He received his doctorate in microbiology from the University of Tennessee, and his Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Microbial Diversity (Blackwell-Wiley, 2005) and the editor of Green Health (Sage, 2011).

The Awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence provide annual recognition to outstanding individuals, courseware and OpenCourseWare sites in the OCW Consortium community. The awards are presented each year at the global OpenCourseWare Consortium‘s annual conference, to be held this year April 16-18 in Cambridge, UK. The Consortium’s Board of Directors selects individual award recipients; an awards committee populated from the Consortium membership selects site and course awards.

"We‘re very pleased to honor Dr. Ogunseitan," said OCW Consortium Executive Director Mary Lou Forward. "Ogunseitan embodies the commitment widely shared throughout the OCW community, and has made a remarkable contribution."

The OCW Consortium Awards for OpenCourseWare Excellence are sponsored by KNEXT, an education software and solutions provider that focuses on learning assessment, ePortfolio development and higher education advisory services.

About UC Irvine's OpenCourseWare Initiative

The University of California, Irvine was the first University of California campus–and West Coast University–to join the OCW Consortium. UC Irvine's membership in the OCW Consortium is consistent with its public- and land-grant missions and its desire to play a significant role in contributing to the social welfare of the state, the nation and the world. Open educational resources (OER) showcase the University's high quality education and makes courses and course materials free for everyone in the world. UC Irvine's OCW is a large-scale, Web-based resource that houses educational assets that are discoverable, searchable, modifiable, and, best of all, free and easily available. Through the OCW movement, UC Irvine provides University-quality courses and learning assets to populations of self-learners that are underserved and in many cases, unable to participate in formal education at a university. This site also offers access to UC Irvine's online continuing education offerings. For more information about UC Irvine's OCW initiative, visit, e-mail or follow us at and Facebook (UC Irvine OpenCourseWare).

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 28,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. Located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities, it’s Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $4.8 billion annually to the local economy.