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Jan. 25, 2023

Bay fig tree roots trap standing water left over from the recent rains. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
Bay fig tree roots trap standing water left over from the recent rains. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Data as strategy - collaboratories website launches

To leverage UCI’s strengths and position the campus as one of the foremost institutions utilizing data as a strategic asset, the Office of Data and Information Technology spearheaded the Collaboratories @ UCI – a unique playbook dedicated to supporting all institutional strategies through data. The collaboratories span distance, support rich human interaction and foster contact between stakeholders who share common interests and goals. Listen to the UCI Podcast on putting data to work through collaboratories.

Online criminology master’s program ranks #1 for fourth year

UCI’s Master of Advanced Study in criminology, law and society has been named the nation’s best online criminal justice master’s program by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth year in a row. The 2023 rankings mark the sixth consecutive year in which the program has placed in the top three.


UCI is both a Hispanic Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. Photo credit: Elena Zhukova/UC
UCI is both a Hispanic Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. Photo credit: Elena Zhukova/UC

Nine ways UC is working to cultivate a university as diverse as the state

As the demographics of California have changed, UC has made a conscious effort to cultivate a student, staff and faculty community that reflects the state it serves. President Michael V. Drake, M.D., has set even more ambitious goals, calling for UC to become the first higher education system in the nation to have each of its undergraduate campuses attain status as minority-serving institutions. Here are nine ways UC is working to achieve its vision.

Need to relearn how to have fun? There’s a party coach for that

Evan Cudworth started calling himself a party coach in October 2020 after getting let go from his music industry job earlier in the pandemic. He realized how vital social connections were but also how they took effort to sustain, something people were struggling with after months of isolation. Helping people connect again was something he wanted to help others with. Setting intentions before going out helps deal with anxiety - one of the main problems people come to him with.


Listen to the Motion
Friday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

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Opinion: It’s Time for a Professionalized Research University

Inside Higher Ed (opinion/career advice), Jan. 24
Cited: Gillian R. Hayes, vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate Division

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A Minecraft Server for Grieving Kids

Tech & Learning, Jan. 25
Cited: Katie Salen, professor of informatics

Deseret News logo

Your attention span is shrinking, but you can grow it back

Deseret News, Jan. 25
Cited: Gloria Mark, Chancellor’s Professor of Informatics


Blake Baxter ’04 - Social sciences’ alumni superconnector

Social sciences’ alumni superconnector

Blake Baxter ’04, School of Social Sciences Board of Councilors member and Alumni Network founding chair, will be among the familiar faces at this year’s annual UCI Homecoming celebration on Feb. 11

“Seize every single opportunity,” Baxter advises current Anteaters. “There’s such a huge network of opportunities at UCI that it doesn't matter what you’re into, there’s something to dive into. The campus community out there is so important and impressive.”

#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


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