March 28, 2023
UCI Digest
A springtime lens flare cuts through one of Aldrich Park’s many jacaranda trees. (Photo: Dennis Melka)
A springtime lens flare cuts through one of Aldrich Park’s many jacaranda trees. (Photo: Dennis Melka)


UCI Podcast: Insights into admissions once offers go out

UCI Podcast: Insights into admissions once offers go out
In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Dale Leaman, executive director of undergraduate admissions, discusses next steps for admitted students, the wait list process and what happens next in the admission cycle. In a previous UCI Podcast, Leaman spoke about the application process.

Esports student success

Esports student success
UCI Esports is now in its seventh year. During this time, 82 athletes have earned a spot on one of the team rosters. Historical student data reveals how esports athletes compare with the general UCI student body, including a 94% five-year graduation rate.

Colorectal cancer rising in younger adults

Colorectal cancer, which is on the rise in younger adults, is projected to become the leading cause of U.S. cancer-related deaths by 2040 among people ages 20 to 49, according to a recent study. A parallel spike in childhood obesity may be linked, said Dr. William E. Karnes, a gastroenterologist and director of high-risk colorectal cancer services at the UCI Health Digestive Health Institute.


Bringing care to underserved communities

As the most populous and culturally diverse U.S. state, California has large regions that are known as medically underserved areas. The medical schools of University of California Health began introducing an innovative training curriculum called Programs in Medical Education or UC PRIME. Medical students who enter UC PRIME programs receive specialized coursework so they are better able to meet the health needs of underserved populations. Visit this website to read about the UC Prime programs at various campuses. The first PRIME program began in the UCI School of Medicine in 2006 – the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community.


Steep Canyon Rangers - Bluegrass band

Steep Canyon Rangers
Thursday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Irvine Barclay Theatre)

Preventing Employee Burnout
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Donate Blood
By appointment (sponsored by UCI Health)

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Why I Give – Vicki Vasques '81

An alumna of the School of Education, Vicki Vasques ’81 shares why she gives to her alma mater. During Vasques’ illustrious career in education, first as a teacher and later in the U.S. Department of Education, she implemented and supported policies for American Indian education. She credits a large part of her success to her time at UCI and her mentor Mary Roosevelt.

#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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Autism: Rates in Children Reach New Highs, Experts Explain Why

Healthline, March 27
Cited: Dr. Peter J. Chung, medical director, of Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders

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Def Sound: ‘Welcome To LA’ (Feat. Annabelle Freedman & Dr. John Murillo lll)

KCRW, March 28
Cited: John Murillo III, associate professor, African American Studies

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TikTok Star Ashley Yi Told Us Why It's So Important To Share Her Korean Culture - Exclusive Interview

Mashed, March 28
Cited: Ashley Yi, alumna


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