June 2, 2023
UCI Digest
Alpha Epsilon Delta serves up Korean BBQ along Ring Road. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)
Alpha Epsilon Delta serves up Korean BBQ along Ring Road. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Private insurers rely less on telemedicine than Medicaid, UCI research shows

Brandy Lipton, associate professor of health, society & behavior
Medicaid telemedicine coverage between 2013 and 2019 was associated with significant growth in telemedicine use and improved healthcare access, while private policies did not have such an association, according to a study led by Brandy Lipton, associate professor of health, society & behavior. Recently published online in the journal Health Services Research, the findings were based on nationally representative data from the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Consumer Survey of Health Care Access.

UCI researchers delve into climate change-related humidity debate

Jane Baldwin, assistant professor of Earth system science
In a paper published in the National Institutes of Health journal Environmental Health Perspectives, a UCI-led team of researchers highlights a dispute between physiologists who view humidity as a critical driver of heat stress and epidemiologists who minimize its role in thermal health outcomes. “It’s important that we resolve these divergent views on the impact of humidity in heat-related health risks,” said lead author Jane Baldwin, assistant professor of Earth system science (above). “Without a strong agreement about humidity’s role in heat stress, we will not be able to confidently predict future health impacts from extreme heat, expected to worsen with climate change.”


Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Fellows announced

Rachel Sousa and Frederick Arnold - Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Fellows
The University of California announced on June 1 that 28 young scientists from its campuses and affiliated national laboratories have been selected for the fourth class of UC President’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Fellows, with the opportunity to join Nobel laureates from around the world at the 2023 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany. Rachel Sousa (left) and Frederick Arnold (right) of UCI are among those selected this year. “These fellows are among the best and brightest of the University’s young ambassadors to the scientific world,” said UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D. “We are proud of their accomplishments and look forward to supporting them as they grow in their careers. Participating in the Lindau meetings will set them up for future success.”


2023 Community Lecture Series | Glaucoma
Tuesday, 7 p.m. (sponsored by Gavin Herbert Eye Institute)

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Disney honors local teacher and UCI alum

UCI alumna Shelby Anderson ’18, ’19 is selected as one of the winners of the Walt Disney 100th Anniversary Teacher Celebration

UCI alum Shelby Anderson, (Class of ‘18) graduated with double majors in social policy and public service and education sciences before obtaining her master’s degree and teaching credential the following year. This year, the Laguna Beach High School history teacher was among 100 elementary, middle, and high school teachers recognized for their teaching this year by the Walt Disney Company. Anderson took part in a teacher celebration event at Disneyland from May 4-7, just before National Teacher Appreciation Week.

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AI Could Be Your Next Therapist If You’re Feeling Lonely, Depressed or Anxious

AARP, June 1
Cited: Stephen Schueller, associate professor of psychological science

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After months ‘left in the dark,’ undocumented flood victims to get $95 million in aid from state

Los Angeles Times, June 1
Cited: Michael Méndez, assistant professor of environmental policy and planning

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Restricting Food Stamps Is Soft on Crime | Opinion

Newsweek, June 1
Cited: Naomi F. Sugie, associate professor of criminology, law and society


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