May 11, 2023
UCI Digest
Anteater Time Machine: Ahead of the School of Medicine’s May 20 commencement ceremony with comedian Seth Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, as speakers, we travel back to 1970 for a snapshot of employees at UCI’s College of Medicine.
Anteater Time Machine: Ahead of the School of Medicine’s May 20 commencement ceremony with comedian Seth Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, as speakers, we travel back to 1970 for a snapshot of employees at UCI’s College of Medicine.


Regional magazine features UCI Criminal Justice Clinic

UCI Law professor Katharine Tinto, director of the school’s Criminal Justice Clinic
“In the ’90s and early 2000s, we had this strategy that if you punish people more, you’ll have less crime,” says UCI Law professor Katharine Tinto, director of the school’s Criminal Justice Clinic. “That really hasn’t proven to be true.” Tinto (left) and her team lobby to release prisoners serving decades-long sentences that wouldn’t be issued today. In a story published Wednesday, Orange Coast magazine spotlights Tinto, the clinic and UCI Law.

Historian says inflation move could backfire

When the U.S. Federal Reserve launched its effort to quash inflation last year, the goal was to avoid what happened in the 1970s, when inflation spun out of control and economic malaise set in. But now that policymakers are contemplating a break from raising interest rates, Gary Richardson, a Federal Reserve historian and UCI economics professor, says history may repeat itself. “The more times you pause [rate hikes], the longer the problem is going to go on,” he told CNN Business. “If they don’t stop inflation now, the historical analogy [indicates] it’s not going to stop, and it’s going to get worse.”

Fighting genetic syndrome that raises cancer odds

About one in 300 Americans carries Lynch syndrome gene mutations, giving them up to an 80% lifetime risk of colorectal cancer. Women with Lynch also have up to a 60% lifetime risk for endometrial cancer and a 38% risk for ovarian cancer. The risk of developing cancers of the stomach, urinary tract, pancreas and brain ranges from 1% to 18% in men and women. UCI Health genetic counselors and UCI’s Digestive Health Institute help patients manage the risk. “This genetic syndrome is a lot more common than anyone realizes and the vast majority of people have no clue they have it,” says gastroenterologist Dr. William E. Karnes. He recommends talking to a physician or genetic counselor if three or more close relatives over a few generations have had cancer, especially if one had colon, uterine or ovarian cancer before turning 50.


UC Grad Slam story highlights UCI finalist

 Muhammad Twaha Ibrahim
Although he didn’t win the systemwide competition, UCI’s Muhammad Twaha Ibrahim and his “Lights, Camera, Surgery!” talk got a lot of ink in UCOP coverage of the event. Why? Because he didn’t let failure get in his way – he never gave up trying to reach the finals year after year. Ibrahim praised the Grad Slam experience, especially for international students like himself, who need to explain their research across cultures. “I’ve learned a lot about the importance of communication. It’s not just about language, it’s also about your gestures and expressions,” he said. And Ibrahim didn’t let failure deter him from trying again and again. “What’s the worst that can happen?” he reasoned. Even if you don’t win, “you learn something every single time. It’s the best opportunity … to learn about research across campuses and step out of your lane.”


UCI Opera: “Gianni Schicchi”

UCI Opera: “Gianni Schicchi”
Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Opera at UCI)

Why Religion Matters for Educational Stratification
Monday, noon (sponsored by School of Education)

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If UCI were in a Wes Anderson film

UCI’s official Instagram account posted a video imagining the campus in a Wes Anderson movie. Commenters have suggested mimicking other directors, such as Quentin Tarantino or Christopher Nolan. Today’s UCI Digest editor votes for Alfred Hitchcock or maybe an early silent movie spoof, complete with dialogue cards (“I need boba!”).
#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.


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THE Podcast: when pop culture meets academia

Times Higher Education, May 11
Interviewed: Michael Dennin, professor of physics and astronomy

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Orange County’s big shift: Older cities lose population as Irvine, south county boom

Los Angeles Times, May 11
Cited: Susan K. Brown, emerita sociology professor

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Best and Cheapest Home and Auto Bundle Insurance Companies in May 2023

MoneyGeek, May 7
Cited: Christopher Bauman, associate professor of organization and management


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