April 19, 2023
UCI Digest
A student jumps in during UCI’s Giving Day rally on Ring Mall
A student jumps in during UCI’s Giving Day rally on Ring Mall. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


UCI physicists discover transformable nano-scale electronic devices

The golden parts of the device depicted in the graphic are transformable, an ability that is “not realizable with the current materials used in industry
The nano-scale electronic parts in devices like smartphones are solid, static objects that, once designed and built, cannot transform into anything else. But UCI physicists have reported the discovery of nano-scale devices that can transform into many different shapes and sizes even though they exist in solid states. It’s a finding that could fundamentally change the nature of electronic devices, as well as the way scientists research atomic-scale quantum materials. The study was published recently in Science Advances.

UCI to compete for collegiate programming contest title

Students from UCI’s five teams attending the Southern California Regional competition of the 2022-2023 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), with Professor Michael Shindler (center).
A team of UCI students is heading to Orlando, Florida, in May for the North American Championship of the International Collegiate Programming Contest, the oldest and largest programming contest in the world. ICPC lets college students, working in teams of three, tackle real-world problems under pressure to help them develop problem-solving, programming and teamwork skills. UCI had five teams (pictured above) participating in the Southern California Regional competition: UCI Map, UCI Reduce, UCI Filter, UCI Petr and UCI Anteaters. All five finished in the top 30 of 60 teams, with UCI Map moving on to the championship.

Law students argue case before 9th Circuit Court

Third-year students Roy Bendavid and Nicole Tackabery
The UCI Law School’s Ninth Circuit Appellate Litigation Clinic helps students learn how to be effective advocates by representing real clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Third-year law students Roy Bendavid and Nicole Tackabery (above) researched, briefed and argued a recent case before the court involving a complex immigration/asylum appeal, Alexandre v. Garland, under the supervision of clinic Co-Director Peter Afrasiabi and against the United States attorney general. You can watch them present their oral argument before the three-judge panel in a recording of the case.
Green Scene
Sustainability achievements and tips from UCI
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Green Tip: Use cold water when washing clothing and hang dry when possible. For more tips on going green, check out the Green Living Guide.


ICTS Scholars Present at The Community Health Research Exchange
Friday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Institute for Clinical & Translational Science)

Spring Tree Planting
Friday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by EarthReps - UCI Housing Sustainability)

Pointercounts. A French-Belgian Trio for a World Tour of Classical, Jazz and Electroacoustic Collaborative Music
Friday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative)

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Leo Chavez elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Leo Chavez, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anthropology

Leo Chavez, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anthropology, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. New members are nominated and elected by current members. Chavez joined UCI in 1987 and helped build many of the institutional structures that are central to UCI's identity as a minority-thriving institution, including the Department of Chicano/Latino studies, which he helped found as a program and then chaired. UCI's faculty now includes 39 members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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Sarah McBane, clinical professor of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, cited in Verywell Health

Can Drugs Like Ozempic and Mounjaro Interfere With Birth Control?

Verywell Health, April 18
Cited: Sarah McBane, clinical professor of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences

Bruce Blumberg, professor of development and cell biology, cited in Grist

As states replace lead pipes, plastic alternatives could bring new risks

Grist, April 19
Cited: Bruce Blumberg, professor of development and cell biology

Susan E. Seager, adjunct professor of law and director of Press Freedom Project, cited in KNBC

Reporter Asks Court to Dismiss LA City Lawsuit Over Police Photo Release

KNBC, April 18
Cited: Susan E. Seager, adjunct professor of law and director of Press Freedom Project


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