July 18, 2023
UCI Digest
More than 8,200 students and their families participated in 11 festive commencement ceremonies from June 16 to 20 in the Bren Events Center. (Video: Steve Chang/UCI)


Washington, D.C., trip promotes UCI to political leaders

Rep. Katie Porter speaks at a reception hosted by UCI in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Katie Porter speaks at a reception hosted by UCI in Washington, D.C.
In a whirlwind day that included 18 meetings with Senate and House officials, a delegation of UCI leaders visited Washington, D.C., late last month to tout the university’s impact, lobby for federal funding and deepen relationships with members of Congress and their staffs. The trip culminated with a UCI-hosted reception that drew about 60 people, including university researchers, students, business leaders and Reps. Lou Correa and Katie Porter.

UCI Health –  Irvine reaches crucial construction milestone

UCI Health –  Irvine reaches crucial construction milestone
UCI Health leaders and construction workers gathered on July 13 to witness the "topping off" of the final building at the new UCI Health – Irvine medical campus. This time-honored ceremony marks the placement of the final structural beam and the completion of the building's framework. Last week, UCI Health employees were invited to inscribe their signatures on this final beam (see #UCIconnected photo and story below) before it was hoisted atop the seven-story, 350,000-square-foot acute care hospital, an integral part of the new medical campus.

Basketball-like game designed by professor helps kids learn math

“Fraction ball,” a game co-created by Andres S. Bustamante, an assistant professor of human development in context, is catching on with Orange County students. The Santa Ana Unified School District has repainted elementary school basketball courts to create the required courts. Researchers tracking student math skills in fourth and fifth grades found that fraction ball led to “significant gains” in children’s understanding of how to convert decimals to fractions and vice versa, paving the way for a proposed in-class curriculum around the game.


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Celebrating a milestone in UCI’s new hospital project

In a July 6 ceremony, UCI Health employees signed the final beam before it was placed atop the new Irvine medical campus on July 13. This tradition, commonly known as a “topping off” ceremony, is a momentous event in any construction project, and signifies the placement of the final structural beam and the completion of the building's framework.

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“Be your own role model”: What one Black UC Irvine astrophysicist had to overcome

Los Angeles Times, July 13
Cited: Aomawa Shields, Clare Boothe Luce associate professor of physics & astronomy

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Do reading, puzzles, and similar activities really stave off dementia?

Medical News Today, July 16
Cited: Karen D. Lincoln, professor of environmental and occupational health

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Thousands of street vendors are hit hard by severe heat wave in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Daily News, July 14
Cited: Michael Méndez, assistant professor of environmental planning and policy


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