May 2, 2023
UCI Digest
A cyclist pedals past black mustard along East Peltason Drive. (Photo: Steve Zylius)
A cyclist pedals past black mustard along East Peltason Drive. (Photo: Steve Zylius)


L.A. Times highlights UCI’s sex assault forensic program

A new forensic exam room at UCI, which opened in April, is a potential model for helping college victims of sexual assault. The private space — the only one of its kind on any university campus in the state — offers amenities such as a shower and new T-shirts and underwear if a victim’s clothing is kept as evidence. The Los Angeles Times highlighted UCI’s exam room approach, in which every detail is “trauma informed,” down to the soft lighting and calm shade of sage green painted on the walls.

How research misses the needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Sora Park Tanjasiri, a professor of epidemiology & biostatistics (and equity adviser)
In the latest installment of UCI’s Bridging the Gap series, Sora Park Tanjasiri (above), a professor of epidemiology & biostatistics (and equity adviser), argues that researchers, academia and the government have historically and repeatedly ignored the needs of AAPI populations and subgroups. Her essay cites the myth that Asians are wealthier and smarter than other ethnic groups and the tendency to group AAPIs together as factors for this pattern.

Women’s water polo wins Big West championship

Women’s water polo wins Big West championship
Top-seeded UCI won its second straight Big West Championship, topping No. 2 seed Hawai'i in overtime Sunday on the campus of UC Santa Barbara. Goalkeeper Erin Tharp was named the 2023 Big West Women's Water Polo Championship’s most valuable player with her 14 saves to earn the win for the Anteaters. The championship victory gave UCI its 10th 20-win season in program history.


LXi Kudos & Cafecito
Thursday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by Merage School Latinx Initiative)

Positive Exposure: Change How You See - See How You Change
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative)

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Celebrating AAPI alumni

Danika Wong ’06 - UCI alum
Danika Wong ’06 is a UCI alum who majored in international studies and political science. Now, as chief marketing officer and head of product for Satisfi Labs, Wong is helping to lead the artificial Intelligence revolution. Her company uses conversational artificial intelligence to power chatbots and voice assistants for entertainment venues, tourism sites and athletic teams – including about half of all professional sports teams.
#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.
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Are mental health apps helpful or harmful?

The Hill, May 2
Cited: Stephen Schueller, associate professor of psychological science and informatics

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Inside the Secretive Life-Extension Clinic

Wired, May 1
Cited: Leigh Turner, professor of public health

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Social Media Is Now a Financial WMD

Foreign Policy, May 1
Cited: Michael Imerman, associate professor of teaching in finance


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