May 8, 2023
UCI Digest
UCI law students take commencement photos in Aldrich park
A group of law students poses before their May 6 commencement. UCI Law's 12th commencement celebrated the achievements of 131 J.D., 25 Global LL.M., and 12 Graduate Tax LL.M. students. (Photo: Steve Zylius)


UCI Podcast: The Myths of Attention

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In this UCI Podcast, Gloria Mark, Chancellor’s Professor of informatics, explains different types of attention and various myths about it. The author of Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity also offers suggestions on how to find better balance, which could lead to improved productivity and well-being.

Researchers discover drugs for treating blindness

In a UCI-led study, researchers have discovered small-molecule drugs with potential for treating age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Shedding light on protein that fights viral infections

graduate student Julia DeRogatis (left) and assistant professor Roberto Tinoco
A recent UCI study published in the Journal of Virology has revealed a discovery about how T cells respond to viral infections. The research was conducted by a team from the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry that includes Assistant Professor Roberto Tinoco, graduate student Julia DeRogatis and Assistant Professor Dequina Nicholas. The study focused on CD8+ T cells, which help our bodies recognize and kill virus-infected cells. Its findings could be important for developing new immunotherapies to help fight viral infections in humans.

UCI partners with Brazilian university for Beall Butterworth Competition

UCI is collaborating with Brazil’s Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul for an international track of the upcoming 2023 Beall and Butterworth Product Design Competition. Thirty-three Brazilian students have joined over 40 UCI students to form 17 teams that are participating in the ninth annual contest. The Beall Butterworth Competition calls entrepreneurial graduates and undergraduates at UCI to present their product designs and compete for over $40,000 in prizes.


Wednesday Wellness Walks graphic flyer reads Visit UCI Arboretum and Marsh with date listing

UCI Arboretum & Marsh Walk
Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Wellness) 

Structural and Social Drivers of Health and Cancer Health Disparities Research
Wednesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center)

Improv Revolution presents The Coup de Comedy 2023 & Global Improvisation Initiative Exploration: Evolution of Improvisation
Wednesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative)

Navigating: Customer Discovery and Business Model Feasibility
Wednesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by ANTrepreneur Center)

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UCI Health tweet recognizes National Nurses Week
@UCIrvineHealth tweets: Every day, we’re thankful to the amazing nurses at UCI Health for their tireless service and dedication to the health and wellbeing of our patients and the Orange County community, but we’re especially grateful during National Nurses Week and National Nurses Month.

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Roxanne Cohen Silver, Distinguished Professor of psychology, cited in Associated Press

Why so many mass killings? Families, experts seek answers

Associated Press, May 8
Cited: Roxanne Cohen Silver, Distinguished Professor of psychology

Dr. Jody Rawles, professor of psychiatry, cited in KABC

U.S. surgeon general calls loneliness a new epidemic, outlines plan to boost social connection

KABC, May 3
Cited: Dr. Jody Rawles, professor of psychiatry

Gary Richardson, professor of economics, cited in CNN Business

The Fed could be on the verge of repeating its 1970s mistake, Fed historian says

CNN Business, May 8, 2023
Cited: Gary Richardson, professor of economics


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