April 28, 2023
UCI Digest
Pink trumpet trees bloom in Aldrich Park. (Photo: Steve Zylius)
Pink trumpet trees bloom in Aldrich Park. (Photo: Steve Zylius)


Rare Shakespeare folio focus of new Langson Library exhibit

UCI Libraries’ 400-year-old First Folio collection of Shakespeare plays is the focus of a library exhibit that opens May 4.
Debuting May 4 at Langson Library, “400 Years of Shakespeare’s First Folio” features 90 artifacts related to the Bard, ranging from a 17th century witchcraft book to a Morse code version of two Shakespearean sonnets created in 2015. The exhibition’s centerpiece (above) is a rare first-edition book of Shakespeare’s plays published in 1623 that was donated to the campus in 1986 by alumnus Patrick Hanratty, a computer scientist, inventor and entrepreneur. 

Bridging the Gap: The health effects of forever chemicals in our drinking water

In recognition of Earth Day, the latest issue of the Bridging the Gap series focuses on water quality, in particular the work of Scott M. Bartell, professor of environmental and occupational health in the Program in Public Health and professor of statistics at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. Bartell discusses his work on the impact of toxic “forever” chemicals called PFAS in the drinking water of Orange County. 

UCI to host Team Kids Innovative Thinkers Forum IV

On May 5, UCI and Team Kids will host the latest event in their 20 years partnership to empower K-8 students to address their communities’ most pressing issues. This innovative university-nonprofit collaboration has become a national model, with Team Kids staff, university students, and on-duty police and firefighter mentors implementing the flagship Team Kids Challenge Program in schools from Compton to Brooklyn, New York. Speakers include UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman and Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Michael Dennin. The keynote speaker is Arshay Cooper, author of A Most Beautiful Thing, which is also an Amazon Prime documentary by the same name. Additional speakers include Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan.


Grand Slam: UC’s rapid-fire research contest

Justin Lee, a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley, won the 2022 Grad Slam with his talk on jamming the SARS-CoV-2 copy machine.
Can we recycle carbon dioxide from air? Upgrade our Covid vaccines? Provide earlier support for children with ADHD? UC graduate researchers will explore those questions and more at Grad Slam, a UC-wide communications competition that will be livestreamed Friday, May 5 at 10:30 a.m. Graduate student researchers, representing each of UC’s 10 campuses, have three minutes or less to captivate and educate the audience as they summarize years of research into bite-sized talks.


David Sedaris
Monday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Irvine Barclay Theatre)

How to Pitch & Deal With Q&A
Tuesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by New Venture Competition)

2023 Community Lecture Series | Cataracts
Tuesday, 7 p.m. (sponsored by Gavin Herbert Eye Institute)

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


UC Irvine tweets photo of campus
@UCIrvine tweeted: A very “UC Irvine” moment - the warm glow of golden hour as the day comes to an end.
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Frank B. Wilderson III, professor of African American studies, cited in The New York Times Magazine

The Woman Shaping a Generation of Black Thought

The New York Times Magazine, April 26
Cited: Frank B. Wilderson III, professor of African American studies

Daniele Piomelli, professor of anatomy and neurobiology, cited in USA Today

Battle over delta-8 is heating up nationally. Here's what to know about the 'diet weed.'

USA Today, April 28
Cited: Daniele Piomelli, professor of anatomy and neurobiology

UCI cited in LA Weekly

Bigger, Faster, Stronger: 8 of the Coolest California World Records

LA Weekly, April 27, 2023
Cited: 3,875 students in world’s largest water gun fight


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