June 29, 2023
UCI Digest
Anteater Time Machine: In the early 1990s, a student engineering project yearns for takeoff.
Anteater Time Machine: In the early 1990s, a student engineering project yearns for takeoff.


UCI Digest reduces publication schedule for summer

This summer, UCI Digest will reduce publication to four days a week, running Mondays through Thursdays. The new schedule will begin July 5, after the Digest takes a break on July 3 and 4. This transition is possible because daily COVID-19 case updates are no longer required under revised Cal/OSHA guidance. As we pivot this online newsletter, COVID-19 information will move to the EH&S, HR and Student Health websites. Thank you for being a loyal reader and we look forward to this next chapter of UCI Digest.

Carnegie Corp. recognizes Athanasiou as a ‘Great Immigrant’

Kyriacos Athanasiou, Distinguished Professor of biomedical engineering
Kyriacos Athanasiou, a Distinguished Professor of biomedical engineering, has been named a “Great Immigrant” by the Carnegie Corp. of New York. This year’s list, announced Wednesday, honors 35 naturalized citizens whose contributions and actions have enriched and strengthened American society and democracy. Each Fourth of July since 2006, the philanthropic foundation established by Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie has invited Americans to celebrate the important role of naturalized citizens in American life.

Engineering team wins $3.75M for clean energy research

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $3.75 million to UCI engineers for research in clean energy. The award was one of 22 issued by the DOE to advance critical technologies for producing, storing, deploying and using hydrogen to help meet President Biden’s goal of a 100% clean electrical grid by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Vojislav Stamenkovic, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and director of the Horiba Institute for Mobility and Connectivity, attended the funding announcement in Washington, D.C., in early June.

Town Hall recap

Town Hall recap - Chancellor Howard Gillman (above, top center) and other UCI leaders
Before an online audience of nearly 1,500, Chancellor Howard Gillman (above, top center) and other UCI leaders hosted a town hall Wednesday, sharing information on the university’s newly refreshed strategic plan, the campus financial stability road map and the future of work. Several dozen questions from the audience were addressed, with the majority focusing on the budget, staff housing, remote/hybrid work, salaries and the Program in Public Health.


UC statement on affirmative action court ruling

University of California President Michael V. Drake, M.D., issued a statement today on the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the use of race in college admissions. (Note: In California since 1996, public universities and colleges, governmental bodies and other public systems have been blocked from using race, gender and other factors in hiring, contracting or admissions under Proposition 209.)

“We are disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to bar the use of race in college admissions, a valuable practice that has helped higher education institutions increase diversity and address historical wrongs over the past several decades. Student diversity remains a top priority for the University of California — one that we will continue to pursue with every tool available to us. Attracting, supporting and retaining a diverse student body leads to better quality instruction and educational outcomes, significant community benefits and overall fairness.” (Click the first link above for the complete statement.)


@ucialumni posted on Instagram: Let's hit this summer out of the park! Join us for UC Irvine Night at Angel Stadium July 15 to watch the Angels play the Astros and get your exclusive UCI Angels hat! Use code EATERS to buy your tickets now: #ZotZotZot #UCIPride
@ucialumni posted on Instagram: Let's hit this summer out of the park! Join us for UC Irvine Night at Angel Stadium July 15 to watch the Angels play the Astros and get your exclusive UCI Angels hat! Use code EATERS to buy your tickets now. #ZotZotZot #UCIPride
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CNN logo

Climate event El Niño could hit the economy from food prices to clothing sales this year

CNN, June 29
Cited: Jin-Yi Yu, professor of atmospheric sciences

Nature logo

How genetically modified mosquitoes could eradicate malaria

Nature, June 28
Cited: Anthony A. James, Donald Bren Professor of microbiology & molecular genetics

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What’s a Latino? Héctor Tobar goes deep on stereotypes and solidarity

Los Angeles Times, June 29
Cited: Héctor Tobar, professor of Chicano/Latino studies


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