April 20, 2023
UCI Digest
Anteater Time Machine: Students on the go in 1970.
Anteater Time Machine: Students on the go in 1970.


Bees create underground microbreweries, study finds

Bees create underground microbreweries, study finds
UCI scientists have discovered that cellophane bees, which live in subterranean nests, “brew” a liquid food for their offspring using lactobacilli bacteria, a key ingredient for fermenting foods like yogurt, sauerkraut and sourdough bread. The finding is “quite remarkable,” said Tobin Hammer, assistant professor of ecology & evolutionary biology and lead author of the study. “Most of the 20,000 species of bees get their nutrition from nectar and pollen, but for these cellophane bees, we suspect that lactobacilli are also really important. They have effectively evolved from herbivores into omnivores.”

Combating sundowning in older adults

Sundowning is a state of confusion and panic that some older people, especially those with dementia, experience as daylight fades in the late afternoon and evening. UCI Health geriatrician Dr. Lisa Gibbs explains what triggers the syndrome and how to manage or prevent it.

Green Scene
Sustainability achievements and tips from UCI
Did you know: 8,500 gallons of recycled fryer oil from UCI dining halls are turned into biodiesel annually.

Did you know: 8,500 gallons of recycled fryer oil from UCI dining halls are turned into biodiesel annually.


“Ina’s Circle: a Documentary,” plus discussion with filmmaker

“Ina’s Circle: a Documentary,” plus discussion with filmmaker
Saturday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by Langson Institute and Museum of California Art)

Taiwanese Puppetry: Shan Puppet Theatre
Monday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative)

Understanding Aging and Your Spine
Monday, 7 p.m. (co-sponsored by UCI Health)

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Boba takes over America

Boba takes over America

Bubble tea, aka boba, is old news at UCI. Now Bloomberg reporters have taken note of the chewy beverage trend in a story headlined “How Taiwanese Bubble Tea Has Taken Over the US.” And one of the experts interviewed was Yong Chen, associate dean of humanities at UCI and author of Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America. “It’s really everywhere now,” Chen told Bloomberg. “You can have boba tea ice cream. If you go to Costco in California, they have boba tea. ... People have embraced it, and it is going mainstream.”

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UCI creating legacy as an esports powerhouse

Spectrum News 1, April 19
Cited: UCI Esports

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SCOTUS Cases Explained: Student Debt Forgiveness

WORT-FM, April 19
Guest: Dalié Jiménez, director of Student Loan Law Initiative

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Mosquito season just got worse; here’s what you need to know

The Orange County Register, April 19
Cited: Daniel Parker, assistant professor of population health and disease prevention


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