March 22, 2023
UCI Digest
The sunset provides a glowing backdrop to Verano Place and the far east of campus.
The sunset provides a glowing backdrop to Verano Place and the far east of campus. (Photo: Dennis Melka)


Chancellor Gillman to speak at UC #SpeechMatters conference tomorrow

UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman is among several leading scholars appearing in the University of California’s #SpeechMatters 2023: Fighting for our Democratic Freedoms conference, which will be held online Thursday at 9 a.m. Other speakers include Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley School of Law and former dean of the UCI law school, and University of California President (and former UCI Chancellor) Michael V. Drake.

The 30x30 initiative: gender diversity in police recruiting

UCI Police Chief Liz Griffin

The UCI Police Department, led by Chief Liz Griffin (above), has joined law enforcement agencies nationwide in committing to the 30×30 Pledge, a collection of low- and no-cost actions to improve the representation and experiences of women in law enforcement. These actions can help policing agencies assess their gender equity; identify factors that may be driving disparities; and develop strategies to eliminate barriers and advance women in policing. The ultimate goal of the 30×30 Initiative is to have police recruit classes be 30% women by 2030 and to ensure that policing agencies are truly representative of the jurisdiction being served. 

UCI study links teen cannabis use to fertility problems

In a new study, UCI researchers found that exposure to the compound tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychoactive component of cannabis, at a young age could lead to a 50% depletion of ovarian follicles and matured eggs in adulthood. The study, which was published online in the journal Toxicological Sciences, shows that the use of cannabis earlier in a female’s life could have long-term effects on her ability to conceive. Roughly 3.3 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 and 4.8 million people aged 12 and older reported using cannabis in a 2019 survey. Up to this point, very few studies have been conducted that demonstrate the long-term negative health impacts of cannabis use, and even more unclear are the reproductive health implications on women.

What to know about returning from spring break

Students returning from spring break will not be required to test for COVID-19 upon arrival to campus; however, they are strongly encouraged to test before returning. Students who test positive on a laboratory or home test should call or email Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services and not return to campus until they meet criteria for release from isolation. While off-campus, students who have met the criteria to be released from isolation may self-clear. Please call Contact Tracing before returning to assure you have met the criteria. Commuter students who have met the criteria to be released from isolation may self-clear. You do not need to send in proof of a negative test, and you do not need to wait to be contacted by Student Health. Residential students in campus-provided isolation housing will need to coordinate with Campus Housing for release from isolation once they have met criteria for release. Through spring quarter, UCI will continue with student (and employee) case reporting and investigation, and isolation housing for on-campus students. UCI will also continue to have antigen test kits and face coverings available to all students and employees.


UC regents seek next staff adviser

The University of California Regents are accepting applications for their next staff adviser. Applicants may be non-represented or represented staff or non-Senate academic employees who have at least five years of UC service. Applications are due Friday, March 24. More information is available on the staff adviser website.


Highlighting groundbreaking research by UCI women

Claudia Benavente is an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences

Claudia Benavente is an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her area of specialization is cancer biology and her research is focused on solid tumors, primarily childhood cancers; however, she is also researching two very aggressive forms of adult solid tumors: triple-negative breast cancer and small cell lung cancer. Benavente’s lab is investigating the therapeutic potential of a novel inhibitor for the most aggressive form of breast cancer: triple-negative breast cancer. Triple-negative breast cancer accounts for approximately 12% of breast cancers diagnosed in the U.S. and disproportionally affects Black women and carriers of hereditary forms of breast cancer.

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 Waverly Tseng, PhD candidate, literacy and writing instruction, cited in Spectrum News 1

Why a UC Irvine professor is embracing ChatGPT

Spectrum News 1, March 21
Cited: Waverly Tseng, PhD candidate, literacy and writing instruction

Michael Tesler, professor of political science, cited in The New York Times

Opinion: The Unsettling Truth About Trump’s First Great Victory

The New York Times, March 22
Cited: Michael Tesler, professor of political science

Mehrsa Baradaran, professor of law, cited in Marketplace

The regulatory debacle behind SVB’s meltdown

Marketplace, March 21
Cited: Mehrsa Baradaran, professor of law


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Potential workplace exposure

UCI provides this notification of a potential workplace COVID-19 exposure. Employees and subcontractors who were in these locations on the dates listed may have been exposed to the coronavirus. You may be entitled to various benefits under applicable federal and state laws and University-specific policies and agreements. The full notification is available on the UCI Forward site. If you have been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 case, the UCI Contact Tracing Program will contact you and provide additional direction.

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