June 12, 2023
UCI Digest
A prickly pear cactus blooms in the UCI Ecological Preserve on campus.
A prickly pear cactus blooms in the UCI Ecological Preserve on campus. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


UCI Podcast: What’s next in the School of Social Sciences?

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On the UCI Podcast, Dean Bill Maurer answers “What's next in the School of Social Sciences?” He also looks back on his first 10 years as dean and offers a “Crypto 101” lesson on the realities of digital currency.

UCI Libraries celebrates Pride month

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UCI Libraries is offering resources to help celebrate Pride month. Learn about key LGBTQ+ milestones and figures at UCI, in Orange County and beyond. Research guides and archival collections document political, social and cultural movements throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Books, films and art by LGBTQ+ artists are also available.

A conversation on the value of general education courses

In this #DenninInsights post, Michael Dennin shares a recent discussion with David Spight, director of the UCI Undergraduate/Undeclared Advising Program. They discuss the value of general education requirements, academic exploration and supporting student success.


Achieving diversity without affirmative action?

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In anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action, former UCI Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky (now at UC Berkeley) will discuss today’s legal landscape and his perspectives on affirmative action, which has been prohibited in California since 1996, when Proposition 209 passed. You can pre-register for this online event, which is scheduled for July 25 from noon to 1 p.m.


#IamUCI students featured Veronica Allen (left) and Manav Manivannan.

#IamUCI: Veronica Allen ’23, B.F.A., dance performance 

Last year, Omaha, Nebraska, native Veronica Allen received the Donald McKayle Dance Scholarship and the Claire Trevor Society Scholarship – awards given to distinguished students for their talent and character. She’s also a board member with the Bare Bones Dance Theater, a UCI student organization. She plans to keep dancing after graduation.

#IamUCI: Manav Manivannan ’23, B.A., business administration

At UCI, Irvine native Manav Manivannan dedicated himself to giving back to the community through mentorship. He served as a peer academic adviser in The Paul Merage School of Business and, when COVID-19 hit, began a nonprofit called Alum to help high school students with the college application process. Having completed a number of tech internships, including with Intel and FaZe Clan, Manivannan plans to move to Silicon Valley after graduation to pursue a career in technology.

#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.
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What happens if AI grows smarter than humans? The answer worries scientists.

Popular Science, June 12
Cited: Sameer Singh, associate professor of computer science

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The Age of Flames Reaches the US East Coast

Wired, June 7
Cited: Shahir Masri, associate specialist in air pollution exposure assessment & epidemiology

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Online abuse of Lizzo illustrates connections of body shaming, race and gender

The San Diego Union-Tribune, June 11
Cited: Sabrina Strings, Chancellor’s fellow and associate professor of sociology


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