June 13, 2023
UCI Digest
Visitors explore “Phantom Limb,” an exhibition of undergraduate honors thesis artwork at the University Art Gallery. (Photo: Steve Zylius)
Visitors explore “Phantom Limb,” an exhibition of undergraduate honors thesis artwork at the University Art Gallery. Scroll down for more photos. (Photo: Steve Zylius)


He teaches another kind of string theory

Dennis Kim, violin virtuoso
Tropical fish helped turn Dennis Kim into a violin virtuoso. Armed with a 322-year-old Stradivarius, he now serves as concertmaster for the Pacific Symphony and will soon become an assistant music professor at UCI. Raised in Toronto, Kim hopes to offer students career and performance opportunities with the Pacific Symphony, the Bowers Museum, Irvine Barclay Theatre, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, and other venues to which he has professional ties.

What motivates lawyers to defend mass murderers?

Money, religious views, professional prestige and the challenge of a difficult case are some of the reasons why attorneys take on such clients as Unabomber Ted Kaczynski; Buford Furrow, who opened fire in a Jewish community center in Granada Hills; Eric Rudolph, who planted a bomb in Atlanta during the 1996 Summer Olympics; and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, according to Jon B. Gould, dean of the School of Social Ecology and co-author of “Capital Defense: Inside the Lives of America’s Death Penalty Lawyers.”

Graduation cap contest

Graduation Cap Contest
Enter a photo of your creatively decorated graduation cap for a chance to win one of three Amazon gift cards offered by UCI’s official Instagram page. The Grad Cap Contest is open to all 2023 degree recipients. Deadline is June 20.


More art from ‘Phantom Limb’ at UAG

More art from ‘Phantom Limb’ at UAG
More art from ‘Phantom Limb’ at UAG

OC Business Journal lauds 4 Anteaters

For its recent list of 50 people shaping the future of healthcare in Orange County, the Orange County Business Journal highlighted four Anteaters:

Bernadette Boden-Albala. Tapped in 2019 to head the launch of a new public health school, she also oversaw research efforts during the pandemic.

Maritza Salazar Campo. Part of a team at the Paul Merage School of Business that launched a chief medical officer program to equip senior physician leaders with the skills to take on a C-suite role at hospitals and other healthcare organizations.

Joshua Grill, director of UCI MIND, Orange County’s only state and federally funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, funded through the National Institute on Aging.

Chad Lefteris, CEO, UCI Health. Runs OC’s only academic medical center and all clinical and patient-serving operations.

#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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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: three days with a giant of African literature

The Guardian, June 13
Cited: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Distinguished Professor of comparative literature and English

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Podcast: Dana Mukamel on How Widespread Dementia Is In Nursing Homes

Health Affairs, June 13
Guest: Dana Mukamel, professor of medicine, public health and nursing

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Looking Into Local Gun Buyback Programs – What Defines Their Success & Failure?

KPCC, June 13
Cited: George Tita, professor of criminology, law and society


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