June 7, 2023
UCI Digest
A roadrunner stands on a rock at the top of UCI’s Ecological Preserve.
A roadrunner stands on a rock at the top of UCI’s Ecological Preserve. (Photo: Ian Parker)


UCI scientists contribute to vital climate report

A groundbreaking report aided by UCI researchers and released by the American Academy of Microbiology sheds light on a previously overlooked aspect of climate change: microorganisms. The report, titled “Microbes in Models: Integrating Microbes into Earth System Models for Understanding Climate Change,” includes work by three UCI professors of ecology and evolutionary biology: Steven Allison and Adam and Jennifer Martiny; as well as James Randerson, a Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone professor of Earth system science.

Broadway ‘Rent’ actor brings play to UCI as guest director

Telly Leung
On Broadway, Telly Leung acted in the hit musical “Rent” and played the title role in “Aladdin.” He has also been in several TV shows, such as “Glee,” “Warrior” and “Law and Order.” Now, Leung is visiting UCI as special guest director of UCI Drama’s production of “Rent,” running through June 10 in the Claire Trevor Theatre. He recently spoke with UCI about his career and was a guest on UCI’s “Two+ Minutes with an ARTeater” podcast.

Study: Nursing homes with more dementia residents have better care 

Dana Mukamel
The quality of care for nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is best when such patients are in the majority, but most facilities accommodate a heterogeneous population, where specialized staff training is limited, according to a study led by Dana Mukamel (above), a professor of medicine. The findings, recently published in Health Affairs, are based on an analysis of 13,909 facilities from 2017 to 2019.

NPR features UCI experts for ‘Academic Minute’ segments

NPR features UCI experts for ‘Academic Minute’ segments
Every day this week, National Public Radio is featuring a different UCI scholar for a segment called “The Academic Minute.” Today’s interview is with Regina Ragan, a professor of materials science and engineering, whose research involves using E. coli to detect water contamination.


UCI Choral Concert - Spring 2023
Friday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

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Peter the Anteater crashes alumni wedding bash

UCI alumna Aileen Seav Romo ’17, Peter the Anteater, and her husband Nicholas Romo ’18
UCI alumna Aileen Seav Romo ’17 met her now-husband Nicholas Romo ’18 on campus five years ago. They both now work at UCI, where she is a field technicians manager with the Office of Information Technology and he works for the campus police department. Because of their connections with the university, they decided to get married on campus at the University Club on March 11, where they were joined by special guest Peter the Anteater.
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The High Cost of Bad Credit

The New York Times Magazine, June 7
Cited: Mehrsa Baradaran, professor of law

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What is disinformation? Misinformation? What to know about how 'fake news' is spread.

USA Today, June 7
Cited: Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished professor of criminology, law and society

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New film puts spotlight on San Clemente’s disappearing beaches

The Orange County Register, June 3
Cited: Brett Sanders, professor of civil and environmental engineering


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