July 17, 2023
UCI Digest
Fallen leaves surround a yellow fire hydrant
Fallen leaves surround a fire hydrant near Reines Hall. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


UCI researchers receive $600,000 grant from Cyrus Tang Foundation

UCI research top left to right: Chen, Martin and Schueller; bottom left to right: Baum, Lee, Wu, Yu
With a grant of nearly $600,000 from the Cyrus Tang Foundation, researchers from UCI and Beijing Normal University have joined forces to study how to improve advanced psychological assessment and modeling, digital mental health and public health services in China. From UCI, the team includes Emily Baum, associate professor of history; Chuansheng Chen, Distinguished Professor of psychological science; Michael Lee, professor of cognitive sciences; Elizabeth A. Martin, associate professor of psychological science; Stephen Schueller, associate professor of psychological science and informatics; Jun Wu, professor of environmental and occupational health; and Zhaoxia Yu, professor of statistics.

Researcher’s Botswana study breaks new ground in tuberculosis field

Chelsea Baker
A UCI study has provided important new data that will greatly impact the effort to study and treat tuberculosis in Botswana and other affected nations. The lead author for the project is Chelsea Baker (above), a Ph.D. candidate in the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing; co-authors include partners at UCI and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as in Germany and Botswana. The paper challenges the general scientific assumption that TB is simply an endemic disease which spreads evenly throughout the population. By using cutting-edge spatial analysis methods to analyze data involving just under 1,500 participants in Botswana, Baker’s work reveals that different communities in the country were in fact plagued by multiple distinct outbreaks of TB.


UC schools fare well in Money rankings

UCI students walking on campus
All nine University of California undergraduate campuses rank among the best in the country in combining educational quality and affordability, according to Money’s 2023 Best Colleges in America list. UC campuses in Berkeley, Irvine, Los Angeles and San Diego earned five stars, the magazine’s highest ranking, a distinction awarded to only 34 universities in the country. UC’s five other undergraduate campuses were all awarded four to 4.5 stars, placing them in the upper echelons of the 736 colleges and universities that Money assessed.


Amazon honors UCI vice provost as ‘Education Champion’

Patty Morales

Amazon Web Services announced its new class of Education Champions, including Patty Morales (above), UCI vice provost for enrollment management. Morales leads the offices of undergraduate admissions, financial aid and scholarships, the registrar and enrollment management analytics, which uses student data to uncover hidden barriers to student success and contributes to UCI’s data-driven student success initiative, UCI Compass. She has nearly 20 years of experience leading enrollment strategies that advance institutional goals and values.

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Spectrum News 1

Nickel chemistry: Scientists at UC Irvine revolutionize EV batteries

Spectrum News 1, July 14 (video)
Cited: Huolin Xin, professor of physics and astronomy

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Can Tracking Your Moods Make You Happier?

The Wall Street Journal, July 15
Cited: Stephen Schueller, associate professor of psychological science

Algal blooms posing risks to human health are becoming more frequent

KNBC, July 13
Cited: Saurabh Chatterjee, professor of environmental and occupational health and medicine


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