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Feb. 3, 2023

A hummingbird finds a good lookout spot in the Ecological Preserve.
A hummingbird finds a good lookout spot in the Ecological Preserve. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


UCI researchers Joel Milam (left) and Alexandre Chan, studied the lifestyle habits of young adult survivors of childhood cancer.
UCI researchers Joel Milam (left) and Alexandre Chan studied the lifestyle habits of young adult survivors of childhood cancer.

UCI researchers find link between childhood cancer survival and risky adult behavior

In a study among young adult cancer survivors recently published in the JCO Oncology Practice, Joel Milam, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in UCI’s Program in Public Health, and Alexandre Chan, founding chair of clinical pharmacy practice for the UCI School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, uncovered a link between childhood cancer and risky young adult behavior. The reported prevalence of cancer-related cognitive impairment ranges (CRCI) between 10% and 40% among childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. CRCI afflicts survivors with emotional and social dysfunction and this can negatively impact their employment, education and independent living.

UCI expert weighs in on Colorado River water supply crisis

Scientists have become increasingly concerned about the effects of global warming-related drought and water evaporation on the Colorado River, which has already seen Lakes Mead and Powell reach historically low levels. As the federal government seeks to balance the diminishing supply with the growing water needs of states that depend on it, KCBS Radio asked UCI’s David Feldman, a professor of urban planning & public policy and political science, for his thoughts on this dilemma.

Charles R. Drew, MD.
Charles R. Drew, MD. Photo courtesy of Moorland-Spingarn Research Center

UCI School of Medicine celebrates Black History Month 

As the only public medical school in Orange County, the UCI School of Medicine aims to embody the spirit of Black History Month by promoting academic excellence and health equity for the betterment of African, Black and Caribbean communities. One name that is instantly synonymous with Black history and medicine is Charles R. Drew, MD (pictured above.) Dr. Drew developed groundbreaking methods of long-term blood storage and transfusions that saved countless lives during World War II, paving the way for the creation of “bloodmobiles” and numerous other modern-day healthcare practices and procedures.


Embedding Digital Literacy Across Disciplines
Tuesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation)

CDT Digital Leadership Series: The Abundant University: Remaking Higher Education for a Digital World
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. (Sponsored by Paul Merage School of Business)

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Gloria Mark, Chancellor’s Professor of informatics, cited in The New York Times

How to Tell If Your Brain Needs a Break

The New York Times, Feb. 3
Cited: Gloria Mark, Chancellor’s Professor of informatics

Angela Jenks, associate professor of teaching in anthropology, cited in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Students Say Mental-Health Breaks From Class Help Them Succeed. Here’s How Colleges Are Responding.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 2
Cited: Angela Jenks, associate professor of teaching in anthropology and vice associate dean of faculty development and diversity

Natasha Mesinkovska, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology, cited in Eat This, Not That!

Teddi Mellencamp Has New Skin Cancer Scare—Know the Symptoms

Eat This, Not That!, Feb. 3
Cited: Natasha Mesinkovska, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology


Steven Gong (right) with First Lady, Jill Biden
Steven Gong (right) took ‘Writing for POTUS’ at UCI which led to an internship in the office of the First Lady, Jill Biden.

UCI triple major becomes speechwriter for First Lady Jill Biden

After taking UCI political science associate professor Matt Beckmann’s upper division “Writing for POTUS” course, triple major Steven Gong managed to get real real-world experience in almost exactly the same arena: as an intern in the Office of the First Lady, where he wrote speeches and policy memos. But as Jill Kato of UCI Social Sciences writes, Gong’s path to the White House wasn’t easy–first he had to talk his way into Beckman’s course after being initially rejected for the class, a decision that Beckman for one is glad he reversed.

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