May 3, 2023
UCI Digest
A hummingbird keeps watch in a field of black mustard.
A hummingbird keeps watch in a field of black mustard. (Photo: Steve Zylius)


UCI-led study reveals link between chronic kidney disease and stroke risk

 Dr. Mark Fisher, professor of neurology in the UCI School of Medicine
A study led by UCI neurology and nephrology experts has revealed the first clear link between chronic kidney disease and increased cerebrovascular disease. It was previously thought that renal disease’s effects on the brain were largely due to hypertension, but researchers including Mark Fisher, a professor of neurology, discovered that CKD promoted the development of cerebral microhemorrhages independent of blood pressure. Findings, recently published online in the Journal of Neuroinflammation, show that a mix of gut-derived bacteria-dependent toxins and urea, which accumulates in kidney failure, can cause vascular injury and microhemorrhages in the brain.

UCI-led study challenges menstrual cycle impact on emotions

Menstrual cycles alone do not have a direct effect on mood in healthy young women with regular cycles, according to a new UCI study. Instead, researchers found that poor sleep is to blame for negatively shifting emotional states directly before and during periods. Lead author Alessandra Shuster, a cognitive sciences graduate student and researcher in the Sleep and Cognition Lab, said the findings counter a long-held stereotype.


Don’t miss Grad Slam, UC’s research communication contest

The Grad Slam, an annual UC-wide communications competition that will be livestreamed Friday at 10:30 a.m involves graduate student researchers, representing each of UC’s 10 campuses, who have three minutes or less to captivate and educate the audience as they summarize years of research into bite-sized talks. Each contestant has already won their campus Grad Slam competition and is now vying for bragging rights and a share of $14,000 in prize money at the systemwide finale.

UC names free speech and civil engagement fellows

The UC’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement has released the names of its 2023-2024 fellows. The select group of professors, staff and graduate students comes from a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds, and were chosen from the largest number of fellowship applications received to date. Their research focuses on higher education’s role in preparing scientifically literate voters, diversity professionals’ views on political bans and marginalized students’ experiences with biased and hateful speech, among other topics.


‘School of Social What?’ hosts ’70s party

The School of Social Ecology’s “School of Social What?” campaign launched April 26 with a 1970s-themed party, and will continue the rest of this year. Free T-shirts distributed to students at the door ask “School of Social What?” on the front and “Solutions for a Struggling World” on the back. Once inside, Anteaters were treated to tacos, hummus, disco dancing, Hula-Hooping, a Social Ecology trivia contest (with prizes), a large School of Social What? cake and much casual conversing.

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Mahtab Jafari, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, featured on KPCC

A Recent Study Pulled Back The Curtain On Melatonin Supplements – What’s A Bad Sleeper To Do?

KPCC (LAist), May 1 (Audio)
Guest: Mahtab Jafari, professor of pharmaceutical sciences

Kyung Hyun Kim, professor of East Asian studies, featured on AirTalk

Netflix Invests More Than $2 Billion Into South Korean Television & Film

AirTalk, May 2 (Audio)
Guest: Kyung Hyun Kim, professor of East Asian studies

Mehrsa Baradaran, professor of law, cited in Marketplace

How will banking change amid wreckage of SVB, First Republic?

Marketplace, May 2
Cited: Mehrsa Baradaran, professor of law


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