June 8, 2023
UCI Digest
Anteater Time Machine: In June 1966, some of the 14 students in UCI’s first graduating class stand outside the library with Bernard Gelbaum (left), founding chair of the math department.
Anteater Time Machine: In June 1966, some of the 14 students in UCI’s first graduating class stand outside the library with Bernard Gelbaum (left), founding chair of the math department.


Stats on UCI’s 2023 graduating class

Student with Peter the Anteater at Commencement
For the class of 2023, UCI will grant 8,966 degrees to 8,507 undergraduates, plus 1,815 master’s degrees and 393 doctoral degrees. And, in a testament to the school’s dedication to access and affordability, 46% of those receiving bachelor’s degrees are first-generation college students and 2,611 are California community college transfers.

Bilingual computer tool reduces alcohol abuse, study says

A bilingual, computerized alcohol screening and intervention tool reduced binge drinking episodes among Latino emergency department patients (mostly of Puerto Rican descent) at a northeastern U.S. hospital, according to a UCI-led study published online in the journal JAMA Network Open. Patients who were screened with the tool showed significant and sustained reductions in alcohol abuse compared with those who received standard care, the study said.

NPR’s ‘UCI week’ continues with vaccination researcher

NPR features UCI experts for ‘Academic Minute’ segments
National Public Radio is featuring UCI scholars this week for its “Academic Minute” segment. In today’s episode, Keri Hurley-Kim, associate clinical professor in the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, discusses how race, age and other factors affect vaccination rates and how the data can be used to reduce vaccine disparities.


Bilingualism Matters in California
Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon (sponsored by School of Education)

UCI Chamber Music Concert
Monday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

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#IamUCI - Chad Gronay, Shemms Najjar and Brandon Saint-Milfort

#IamUCI: Chad Gornay ’23, B.S., nursing science

Yucaipa native and UCI water polo player Chad Gornay plans to apply for a nursing residency after graduation, but first he’s traveling to Barcelona, Spain, and then he might take a road trip up the California coast to surf and hike trails in various state and national parks.

#IamUCI: Shemms Najjar, M.P.H. ’23

At UCI, Shemms Najjar used historical research on cholera to map the disease’s transmission over time through the Middle East and North Africa. After graduation, she hopes to travel, find a job in the public health arena and possibly seek a doctorate.

#IamUCI: Brandon Saint-Milfort ’23, B.S., pharmaceutical sciences

The son of immigrants from Haiti and El Salvador, Brandon Saint-Milfort says his passion is to help address the medical needs of lower-income people. After receiving his diploma, he plans to take a gap year to do community volunteering and then apply to medical schools. Eventually, Saint-Milfort hopes to practice medicine in a setting that serves disadvantaged populations.

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KCAL news

Ready for the sun to shine

KCAL, June 7
Cited: Dr. Rimal Bera, clinical professor of psychiatry

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Parents Want To Help Their Kids Get Accepted To College From Waitlists. Here's Our Guide To Admissions Reality

LAist, June 7
Cited: Dale Leaman, executive director, Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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How the Supreme Court, Like the Fed, Reshapes Your Finances

The Wall Street Journal, June 8
Cited: Mehrsa Baradaran, professor of law


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