April 4, 2023
UCI Digest
Clouds part for a sunny view of Ring Road, the student center and Aldrich Hall as seen from the Humanities Instructional building.
Clouds part for a sunny view of Ring Road, the student center and Aldrich Hall as seen from the Humanities Instructional building. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Waypoints Symposium launches national dialogue on data-driven student success

Higher education leaders from more than 30 institutions convened at UCI last Thursday and Friday for the inaugural Waypoints Symposium to discuss data-driven student success. Gathering at the Anteater Learning Pavilion, attendees were able to sit in small groups and discuss concepts involving both cultural and institutional change, such as defining academic integrity, curricular coherence, students as partners, governance around what data is needed, course policies and post-COVID flexibility.

Researchers find genetic link to nicotine and tobacco addiction

In a study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, UCI researchers discovered certain genetic backgrounds increase susceptibility to nicotine/tobacco addiction. “The DNA in our genome is known to contribute to drug addiction,” says first author Diana Carreño, a pharmacological sciences Ph.D. candidate at the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. “Which genes – segments of DNA – and nucleotides more greatly impact drug addiction is less understood.”

Recipes to soothe acid reflux

Recipes to soothe acid reflux
More than 60 million Americans suffer from acid reflux at least once a month, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. Acid reflux happens when powerful stomach acids flow back into the esophagus. One of the most common causes is a weakened or damaged lower esophageal sphincter that doesn't close properly. Ingredients known to calm acid reflux and improve digestive health are combined in these delicious recipes created by Jessica VanRoo, executive chef of the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute. Give them a try and see if you're able to say goodbye to those antacid tablets.


SpeechMatters podcast: Can human rights law help?

SpeechMatters podcast: Can human rights law help?
UCI School of Law Clinical Professor David Kaye joins SpeechMatters to tackle freedom of expression from a global perspective. The conversation touches on how tools like social media and AI might work for (and against) protesters around the world, and why “using the vocabulary of human rights” here at home and on our campuses can enhance expression. SpeechMatters is the podcast for the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.


LRP Orientation Webinar for Employees and Dependents
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

After the ‘End of AIDS’: Collaboration, Care and Queer Sociality in Urban Amazonian Peru
Thursday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

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Coaching Youth Baseball and Softball with Sabermetrics

UCI economist Michael McBride

UCI economist Michael McBride – an avid baseball fan, self-described sabermetrics nerd and coach of many of his kids' baseball and softball teams – has launched a book series for coaches looking to improve their Little League, Pony and youth teams: Coaching Youth Baseball and Softball with Sabermetrics (free Kindle version available through Friday, April 7).

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UCI receives ‘unprecedented’ grant to hire experts to address public health needs

The Orange County Register, April 3
Cited: Bernadette Boden-Albala, founding dean and director, Program in Public Health, and Steve A.N. Goldstein, vice chancellor for health affairs

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Opinion: Policing drag has a long history. There’s a reason politicians are at it again

Los Angeles Times, April 3
Author: Lucas Hilderbrand, chair and professor of film and media studies

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Julia H. Lee, "The Racial Railroad"

New Books Network, April 1
Cited: Julia H. Lee, professor and chair of Asian American Studies


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