May 15, 2023
UCI Digest
Under cumulus clouds, a cyclist pedals along black-mustard-lined East Peltason Drive.
Under cumulus clouds, a cyclist pedals along black-mustard-lined East Peltason Drive. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Researchers test new knee arthritis treatment

About 13% of women and 10% of men ages 60 or older have knee osteoarthritis, a leading cause of disability among Americans. Many undergo knee replacement surgery to retain mobility. Now, UCI Health researchers are conducting the first-in-human clinical trial of a stem cell-derived treatment that could help keep aging knees strong and pain-free. By strengthening the leg muscles surrounding the knee, the injectable solution has the potential to become an alternative to other therapies, including joint replacement, for the degenerative condition that often strikes physically active people in their 50s and 60s.

UCI alums tear up the EDM charts

Scott Land (left) and Derek Anderson. Photo by Koury Angelo / Courtesy of Slander
Scott Land (left) and Derek Anderson, two Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers and UCI alumni, are climbing to the top of the electronic dance music world as Slander. For the past 10 years, the pair has performed around the world in front of thousands of energetic fans. But over the past year, they’ve upped their game – releasing a top-selling album called “Thrive” and headlining a 29-show U.S. tour that wrapped up in late November. Slander’s music has amassed over 1 billion streams globally, and the duo has received acclaim from Billboard, LA Weekly, Spin and other publications.


UCI hosts All-UC Demography Conference

Attendees of All-UC Demography Conference
On May 4 and 5, more than 70 UC scholars took part in the All-UC Demography Conference. Hosted by UCI’s Center for Population, Inequality and Policy, and sponsored by UCI’s Office of Research, the two-day event featured presentations on such topics as COVID-19’s toll on people in prison, ageism in the workplace, immigration enforcement and access to healthcare. Planned to be offered annually, the conference aims to serve as both a research showcase and networking opportunity for scholars involved in population health research.

President Drake issues statement on Newsom’s budget

On Friday, UC President Dr. Michael V. Drake issued a statement on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised 2023-24 budget proposal, expressing gratitude for the level of funding for UC schools. “This budget reflects our strong partnership with the Governor and his recognition of the University’s role in maintaining the state’s economic competitiveness and solving California’s most urgent issues,” Drake said.


Title IX & Consent Within the LGBTQ+ Community
Wednesday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by Associated Students UCI)

Free GMAT Test Strategy Workshop
Wednesday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

International Film Club: Bubble (2005)
Wednesday, 7 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative)

UCI Small Jazz Groups - Spring 2023
Wednesday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

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Asian American program asks ‘What is Love in the Time of Hate?’

AAYL member Lauryn Chew (left) speaks with Naz Hamid, who chairs the City of Irvine's Community Services Commission.
AAYL member Lauryn Chew (left) speaks with Naz Hamid, who chairs the City of Irvine's Community Services Commission.

Last week, students from the Asian American Youth Leadership program were recognized for their PhotoVoice projects depicting the theme “What is Love in the Time of Hate?” from the everyday perspective of Asian American youth. The City of Irvine will display the AAYL PhotoVoice projects in City Hall as part of its AAPI Heritage Month events/activities. AAYL is a community-based youth leadership program born from a partnership of UCI’s Humanities Center, the City of Irvine and the South Coast Chinese Cultural Center, a local nonprofit. The goal of this program is to cultivate the next generation of Asian American leaders who can help develop just and equitable solutions to social challenges and needs.

#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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Roxane Cohen Silver, Distinguished professor of psychological science, cited in The Washington Post

Mass killings leave Americans fearful, numb and wondering: Am I next?

The Washington Post, May 13
Cited: Roxane Cohen Silver, Distinguished professor of psychological science

Bill Maurer, dean of social sciences, cited in U.S. News & World Report

What Is Debt-to-Income Ratio?

U.S. News & World Report, May 12
Cited: Bill Maurer, dean of social sciences

Ji Seon Song, assistant professor of law, cited in NPR

Hospitals create police forces to stem growing violence against staff

NPR, May 15
Cited: Ji Seon Song, assistant professor of law


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