May 26, 2023
UCI Digest
Pink trumpet trees in Aldrich Park.
Pink trumpet trees explode with color in Aldrich Park. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Orange County Hillel recognizes UCI’s commitment to inclusion

Students staffing the Hillel at UCI table at the 2022 Anteater involvement fair.
As we reported earlier this week, UCI will be the first UC campus program to launch Hillel International’s Campus Climate Initiative. The timing is important: In Orange County, the Human Relations Commission found that Jews were the most targeted religious group for hate crimes in 2021. In this Orange County Register story published today, Orange County Hillel elaborates on UCI’s proactive efforts.

Meet UCI’s new diversity vice chancellor

Dyonne Bergeron
Following a nationwide search, Dyonne Bergeron has been named UCI’s chief diversity officer and vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion. An accomplished higher education leader in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, academic affairs and student affairs, Bergeron will assume the post on July 3. In her role, Bergeron will oversee the Office of Inclusive Excellence and serve as UCI’s senior executive responsible for providing a holistic and integrated vision of all major diversity, equity and inclusion endeavors on campus and at UCI Health. 

Study finds superior thinking skills resist memory loss among elderly

A UCI-led team of researchers has discovered that those who live to be 90-plus and have superior cognitive skills have similar levels of brain pathology as Alzheimer’s disease patients. However, they have less brain pathology for other neurodegenerative diseases that cause memory and thinking problems. The report, “Superior Global Cognition in Oldest-Old is Associated with Resistance to Neurodegenerative Pathologies: Results from the 90+ Study,” was published last week in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

No UCI Digest on Monday

In observance of Memorial Day, there will be no UCI Digest newsletter. Enjoy the long weekend, and we’ll see you Tuesday.


UCI and 6 UC campuses ranked among top 30 universities in US

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Released in mid-May, the World University Rankings evaluated nearly 20,000 universities around the globe, placing seven UC campuses among the top 30 of all public universities in the United States, including UCI as 24th. The ranking, also known as the Global 2000 List, is published annually by the Center for World University Rankings and weighs four key factors: quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty and research performance. All 10 UC campuses were ranked among the top 4% in the world.


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2023 Music Honors Concert
Wednesday, 12 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

Stroke Prevention
Wednesday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Health)

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

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UCI School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences tweet

@UCI_SPPS tweeted: This month we celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Awareness Month! In celebration, we asked our faculty and staff to share their appreciation for their culture’s food. Swipe through to see some of our staff and faculty’s favorites! #AAPI #AAPIHeritageMonth #CelebrateAAPI

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Urbanize LA

The new home of UC Irvine's Health Sciences College makes its debut

Urbanize LA, May 25
Cited: The Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences Building and Sue & Bill Gross Nursing and Health Sciences Hall

Paul K. Piff, associate professor of psychological science, cited in Slate

I Can’t Keep Up With the Super Wealthy Families in My Area. I’m Worried It’s Going to Destroy My Daughters Socially.

Slate, May 20
Cited: Paul K. Piff, associate professor of psychological science

Kristina Uban, assistant professor of health, science & behavior, cited in Verywell Mind

Understanding Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Its Impact on Mental Health

Verywell Mind, May 23 
Cited: Kristina Uban, assistant professor of health, science & behavior


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