June 5, 2023
UCI Digest
Student wearing hard hat Frank Candelaria sets up barriers around the New Swan Theater in Gateway Plaza.
Fourth-year drama student and carpenter Frank Candelaria sets up barriers around the New Swan Theater in Gateway Plaza. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Susan and Henry Samueli give $50 million to engineering school

Susan (left) and Henry Samueli
A $50 million gift from Susan and Henry Samueli will pay for the creation of three multidisciplinary research institutes in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering. The Engineering+Health Institute, Engineering+Society Institute and Engineering+Environment Institute will enable researchers from diverse disciplines to conduct transformational research addressing the most important issues facing humanity. A portion of the gift will be used to create the Office of Inreach, dedicated to the well-being, academic success, sense of belonging and career opportunities for undergraduate engineering students.

End-of-year blood drive

The UCI Health Blood Donor Center represents a life-giving link between the Irvine campus and UCI Medical Center in Orange. Annually, patients at UCI Medical Center require more than 20,000 blood products. All donors will receive a $5 gift card to Target, In-N-Out or Starbucks, and a tote bag. Graduates who donate will also receive a surprise gift. This is the last blood drive of the academic year so appointments are expected to fill up quickly. The drive will be held Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Blood Donor Center on Level 1 of the Student Center, next to the Courtyard Study Lounge. Learn more about donor eligibility.

Everyday noise pollution and hearing loss

One in three Americans is regularly exposed to excessively loud sounds in their everyday lives that can damage hearing. UCI Health otolaryngologist Dr. Hamid R. Djalilian cites noise pollution above 85 decibels as the No. 1 cause of preventable hearing loss. He says people, particularly younger individuals, may not understand that damage to the hairs, membranes and nerves of the inner ear is cumulative, and that a lifetime of exposure to loud noises will come back to haunt them later.


UCI hosts summer institute for business students

A group photo of SIEML 2023 on the UC Irvine campus, with everyone in UCI sweatshirts
The University of California has been recognized by Insight Into Diversity magazine for the effectiveness of its Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders. The program offers undergraduate students an immersive, all-expenses-paid business and career leader­ship experience over two weeks each summer. UC’s six top-ranked business schools take turns hosting SIEML participants. Fifty students from around the country — including those from UC, CSU and California community colleges — completed the program June 1 at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business.


Wednesday Wellness Walks: UCI Ecological Preserve
Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Wellness)

UCI Guitar Ensemble - Spring 2023
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

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

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


Womxn’s Center holds 10th annual Dynamic Womxn Awards

Dynamic Womxn Awardees included (front row, from left) Chloe Low, Tonie Zhu and Meredith Ehrenberg; and (back row, from left) Kristine Molina, Mahtab Jafari, Jennifer Lane, Laura Enriquez, Sarah Loranger, Kayla Atkinson, and Alie Male.
In late May, the Womxn’s Center for Success held the 10th annual Dynamic Womxn Awards to recognize leaders and role models making a difference in the community. Awardees included (front row, from left) Chloe Low, Tonie Zhu and Meredith Ehrenberg; and (back row, from left) Kristine Molina, Mahtab Jafari, Jennifer Lane, Laura Enriquez, Sarah Loranger, Kayla Atkinson, and Alie Male. Award categories included academic achievement, ally, outstanding social justice activist, committee spotlight, Tamara Austin Legacy and Dynamic Womxn of the Year. A campuswide call for nominations goes out every spring quarter.
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Inside Higher Ed logo

Program Innovation: Bridging Data With Advising

Inside Higher Ed, June 2
Cited: Patty Morales, vice provost for enrollment management, and Danielle Primavera, director of undergraduate advising for School of Social Ecology

Scientific American logo

How Much Worry about Mass Shootings Is Too Much?

Scientific American, June 4
Cited: Roxane Cohen Silver, Distinguished Professor of psychological science

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Did President Biden walk away from the debt ceiling deal a winner?

KNX Radio, June 2
Cited: Tony Smith, professor of political science and law


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