March 27, 2023
UCI Digest
An osprey scans the horizon at San Joaquin Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary
An osprey scans the horizon at San Joaquin Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, located along Campus Drive near UCI and operated by the Irvine Ranch Water District. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Hunting for cures to hair loss

UCI biologist Maksim Plikus and dermatologist Dr. Natasha Mesinkovska
In their quest to reverse baldness, UCI biologist Maksim Plikus and dermatologist Dr. Natasha Mesinkovska have pondered hair mysteries (such as what makes locks curly versus straight?), grappled with research obstacles and encountered various dubious remedies. Their promising research has garnered national attention.

UCI’s dancing data scientist

Emily Truong
Talk about a disparate double major. Emily Truong is studying both dance and data science at UCI, hoping for a career in healthcare (she recently finished a data analytics internship with Kaiser Permanente). “It’s kind of hard to dance at a data science job,” Truong concedes, so she intends to pursue that passion during off-hours after graduation.


Charts show UC admission rates for every California high school

About a quarter of public school seniors applied to the UC system last year, according to an analysis by the San Francisco Chronicle. Of those, about two-thirds were admitted (66%), and slightly less than half of that group (48%) enrolled. Private school seniors were much more likely to apply (52%), but their admission and enrollment rates (60% and 36%, respectively) were lower. At the other end of the equation, UCI is now the third most selective UC, having admitted just 18% of in-state freshman applicants in 2022, the paper reports.


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Alumni spotlight

 Linda Mills, Shannon Eusey and Laura Huang.
From left, Linda Mills, Shannon Eusey and Laura Huang.

Linda Mills ’79, history and social thought, is set to become the first woman president of New York University in June.

Shannon (Flint) Eusey ’92, social sciences, is CEO of Beacon Pointe Advisors, the nation’s largest female-led registered investment advisory firm.

Laura Huang, Ph.D. ’12, management, is an author, consultant and Distinguished Professor and faculty director of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative at Northeastern University.

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Bernadette Boden-Albala, director, Program in Public Health, cited in Best Life

Listeria Outbreak Has Hit 10 States—These Are the Foods Most Likely to Cause Listeriosis

Best Life, March 25
Cited: Bernadette Boden-Albala, director, Program in Public Health

Andrew Noymer, epidemiologist, associate professor of population health and disease prevention, cited in The Orange County Register

Column: Wealthy? Educated? You’re primed to live through COVID-19

The Orange County Register, March 27
Cited: Andrew Noymer, epidemiologist, associate professor of population health and disease prevention

 Bob Solomon, Distinguished Clinical Professor of law, cited in CalMatters

A California program to fix mobile home parks approved 1 application in 10 years. Will a rebrand work?

CalMatters, March 27
Cited: Bob Solomon, Distinguished Clinical Professor of law


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