June 23, 2023
UCI Digest
“Phantom Limb,” the 2023 Undergraduate Honors Art opening exhibition, draws viewers at the University Art Gallery.
“Phantom Limb,” the 2023 Undergraduate Honors Art opening exhibition, draws viewers at the University Art Gallery. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


UCI Health named a top emergency department for senior care

The American College of Emergency Physicians has recognized the UCI Health emergency department and its geriatric emergency team with accreditation as a Gold Level 1 Geriatric ED. It is the only ED in Orange County to receive this top-level designation, which credits the department with a 5% reduction in return visits and hospital readmissions and an increased connection to follow-up care and other health services.

UCI neuroscientists develop ‘meta-cell’ to fight Alzheimer’s

Vivek Swarup, UCI assistant professor of neurobiology and behavior
UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders neuroscientists led by Vivek Swarup (above), an assistant professor of neurobiology and behavior, have developed a new tool in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The new process creates a “meta-cell” that overcomes the challenges of studying a single cell. The technique can also be used to study other diseases throughout the body. Details about the meta-cell were published in the online journal Cell Press.

UCI grads celebrate commencement week

Students at commencement
More than 8,200 students and their families participated in 11 commencement ceremonies between Friday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 20, in UCI’s Bren Events Center. Overall, UCI granted 8,966 degrees to 8,507 undergraduates this academic year. Additionally, 1,815 master’s degrees and 393 doctoral degrees were awarded. And in a testament to the school’s dedication to access and affordability, 46 percent of those receiving bachelor’s degrees are first-generation college students.


UCI awards best graduation cap art

Photos of grad cap winners from 1st place (on left), 2nd place and 3rd place.

Among the more than 8,000 graduation caps on display during UCI’s commencement week were numerous works of art posted on Instagram. Fellow Anteaters chose the following winners:

1st place: Evelyn Jimenez, political science and criminology (Undergraduate) (Translation: “Everything I am and hope to be I owe to my family.”)

2nd place: Melanie Macias, master of arts in teaching + credential program (Graduate) 

3rd place: Thanh Truc Ngo, mechanical engineer; minor; materials science and Engineer (Undergraduate)
#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.


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Balding? Hairy moles may hold the key to reversing hair loss

KNX News, June 22
Cited: Maksim Plikus, professor of developmental and cell biology

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Calls to make nap part of working day after latest study on brain benefits

The Guardian, June 23
Cited: Sara Mednick, professor of cognitive science

All about the 'underestimated' human metapneumovirus

The Week, June 21
Cited: Dele Ogunseitan, University of California Presidential Chair and professor of population health and disease prevention


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