July 11, 2023
UCI Digest
A food delivery robot passes a seated student in the Nancy Doran Sculpture Garden. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)
A food delivery robot passes a seated student in the Nancy Doran Sculpture Garden. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


The Livable Cities Lab

Livable Cities Lab on YouTube
George Tita, chair and professor of criminology, law and society, talks about the work he and his team are doing at the Livable Cities Lab, addressing questions on affordable housing, public safety and social enterprise innovations to improve city life. The lab was also featured in UCI Magazine.

Summertime and the grilling is easy

Grilled romaine with charred red pepper dressing. (Photo: Jessica VanRoo)
Grilled romaine with charred red pepper dressing. (Photo: Jessica VanRoo)
Summer is about taking it easy, enjoying the longer, warmer days and firing up the barbecue for delicious, no-fuss meals. “Grilling is also one of the healthiest and low-calorie ways to cook because not much oil is needed and any excess fat from the meat just drips away,” says Katie E. Rankell, a registered dietitian and director of the UCI Health Weight Management Program. “It also helps keep your kitchen and home cooler during hot summer days.” Try brightening your summer table with these recipes.


2024 VOICE recipients

The National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement announced the 2024 VOICE recipients. The VOICE Initiative focuses on the theme of “protecting our democratic freedoms.” VOICE projects create and strengthen opportunities for students, staff and faculty to impact their UC campus communities. UCI’s Ellen Whitehead, associate dean of students/student life & leadership, was recognized for her work with the All-University Leadership Conference held last fall for student leaders.


Restoration in Big Canyon
Thursday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by Office of Sustainability)

Blood drive
Thursday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Health)

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Chamber singers in Ireland

The UCI Chamber Singers, an auditioned group of 24 to 32 singers, traveled to Ireland last month to participate in the American Songbook festival. (Photos: Tyler Malboeuf)

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An Astrobiologist’s Search for Life in Space—and Meaning on Earth

Wired, July 11
Cited: Aomawa Shields, assistant professor of physics and astronomy

The New York Times logo

What Haunts Child Abuse Victims? The Memory, Study Finds

The New York Times, July 11
Cited: Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of social ecology and law

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What does NATO stand to gain from Sweden becoming a member?

CNA, July 11
Cited: Heidi Hardt, associate professor of political science


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