April 13, 2023
UCI Digest
Anteater Time Machine: Children attend Earth Day festivities at UCI in April 1981.
Anteater Time Machine: Children attend Earth Day festivities at UCI in April 1981.


Basic Needs Center reopens in new spot

Basic Needs Center reopens in new spot
Above, guests explore the UCI Basic Needs Center’s new digs during an open house on Tuesday. The center’s new location is 800 W. Peltason Drive, at the base of the Health Sciences walking bridge. In addition to a food pantry, the center offers emergency housing, social worker consultations, financial wellness programs, diaper support and transportation assistance.

Pushing for inclusivity in dance

Pushing for inclusivity in dance
Ballet dancers in wheelchairs? Absolutely, says M.F.A. student Bradford Chin (pictured above, second from left), whose graduate research includes teaching and choreographing for disabled dancers. He’s also studying how disability and ableism affect all dancers, regardless of physical abilities. As part of his thesis, Chin will showcase a new piece at Dance Escape 2023 that features two disabled dancers.

Recognizing dementia’s warning signs

Although memory loss is the most well-known symptom of dementia, Hayley B. Kristinsson, a neuropsychologist with UCI Health Memory Disorder Services, says other cognitive changes can also signal trouble ahead. The list includes language changes, such as struggling to find the right word or using the wrong word, difficulty judging distances and mood and personality alterations, including anxiety and depression.


FSA claim deadline is April 15

Claims for 2022 Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account expenses must be filed by this Saturday. A UCnet article lays out the details.


Kei Agaki and Friends concert
Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

Art and Abolition: The Road to Imagining and Building the World We Need
Monday, 10:30 a.m. (co-sponsored by BTI Poetic Justice Initiative, Illuminations, School of Social Ecology)

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Alumni spotlight

From left, Brandon Jew, Brian Thompson and Lynnette Khalfani-Cox.
From left, Brandon Jew, Brian Thompson and Lynnette Khalfani-Cox.

Brandon Jew '01, biology, is the executive chef and owner of Mister Jiu’s, a Michelin-star restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. He also authored a cookbook and opened a takeout Chinese restaurant, Mamahuhu.

Brian Thompson, M.F.A. '84, acting, is a character actor with dozens of movie and TV credits, including roles as a “Star Trek” Klingon, a Scandinavian wrestler, an Oregon logger and Hercules.

Lynnette (Darrell) Khalfani-Cox '91, English, is a personal finance consultant, author, TV personality and co-founder of TheMoneyCoach.net, a financial education company.

Saturday event to feature UCI booth

Earth Day -Saturday event to feature UCI booth

Guided hikes, a compost demonstration and a UCI booth distributing free succulents will be among the attractions this Saturday at a City of Irvine Earth Day celebration at Quail Hill Community Center, 39 Shady Canyon Drive.

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Infectious Disease Experts Break Down Exactly What the Marburg Virus Is—and How Worried We Should Actually Be

Parade, April 12
Dele Ogunseitan, professor of population health and disease prevention

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President Biden signs resolution ending COVID national emergency

KCBS Radio, April 12
Guest: Dylan Roby, associate professor of health, society & behavior

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Orange County’s Coastal Train Service is Back; But for How Long?

Voice of OC, April 13
Cited: Brett Sanders, professor of civil and environmental engineering


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