July 5, 2023
UCI Digest
A collage of July 4 fireworks photographed from the UCI Ecological Preserve in 2021.
A collage of July 4 fireworks photographed from the UCI Ecological Preserve in 2021. (Photo: Ian Parker)


Why affirmative action didn’t help most students

“Because affirmative action only opened a tiny window of access to America’s most elite institutions, the [Supreme Court’s recent] ruling will make little difference for most college students,” according to an interactive New York Times piece by Richard Arum, UCI professor of education and sociology, and Stanford sociologist Mitchell L. Stevens. “Even with affirmative action in place, most students of color did not go to elite colleges, and last week’s ruling does nothing to change that. ...While the Supreme Court’s decision is a blow to Black and Hispanic students who dream of attending the most competitive universities, improving and better supporting the institutions that serve the lion’s share of students of color will do far more to advance the cause of racial equality. ...The ruling provides America with an opportunity to redirect the conversation from a relatively small number of schools and instead direct urgently needed attention to the vast middle and lower tiers of postsecondary education.”

Program sends books to people in prison

Attendees at Books Thru Bars book packaging event on campus in May
“The most commonly requested [books] are dictionaries and thesauruses, because people are trying to educate themselves while they’re incarcerated,” says organizer Parisa Vega, a third-year Anteater studying environmental science and policy. In collaboration with the Underground Scholars Initiative and Underground Scholars Program at UCI, Vega established Books Thru Bars this year and held two packaging events to ship reading materials to inmates across the nation.

UCIMC named one of America’s best cancer hospitals

UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center building
Newsweek has selected UCI Medical Center as one of America’s best cancer hospitals in its inaugural rankings of the specialty. The list was based on:
  • A nationwide online survey of healthcare professionals and hospital managers with oncology knowledge

  • Hospital quality metrics with a focus on indicators relevant to oncology care

  • Patient surveys


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Q&A with NYU’s new president, UCI alum Linda G. Mills

Linda G. Mills

Her claims to fame include selling Steve Martin his first white suit in the 1970s (while working at a Beverly Hills boutique), directing award-winning documentaries and – on July 1 – becoming the first female president of New York University. Alumna Linda G. Mills ’79 is also an author, attorney and licensed clinical social worker who specializes in domestic violence research and developed a restorative justice treatment program for families affected by such abuse. In a Q&A, she fondly recalls her time at UCI.

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US citizenship test changes are coming, raising concerns for those with low English skills

Associated Press, July 4
Cited: Sara Goodman, professor of political science

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Why are Vietnamese the most Republican-leaning Asian Americans?

The Washington Post, July 3
Cited: Long Bui, associate professor of global and international studies

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Could vaccines prevent and treat Alzheimer's disease?

Live Science, July 4
Cited: James Nowick, Distinguished Professor of chemistry


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