July 19, 2023
UCI Digest
The Laurel Wilkening Rose Garden greets pedestrians coming over the Watson Bridge.
The Laurel Wilkening Rose Garden greets pedestrians coming over the Watson Bridge. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Study links algae blooms to irregular menstrual cycles and infertility

Saurabh Chatterjee, PhD, a professor of environmental and occupational health
In a study co-authored by Saurabh Chatterjee, PhD, a professor of environmental and occupational health and published in the Environmental Health Perspective, researchers from across the country have found that exposure to toxins found in algal blooms heighten the probability of irregular menstrual cycles and infertility. Humans are exposed to this harmful microcystins via drinking water, food, algal dietary supplements and recreational activities in polluted waters. These toxins are not routinely monitored due to the absence of federal/state regulatory guidelines, and conventional water treatments cannot completely remove dissolved cyanobacterial toxins.

UCI launches data driven drug research center

Jonathan Watanabe, professor of clinical pharmacy
UCI has launched the Center for Data-Driven Drugs Research and Policy to accelerate research that tackles pressing individual and population health challenges and to address the lack of diversity in biomedical studies. Led by Jonathan Watanabe, professor of clinical pharmacy, the center will work to enhance access to high-quality care, reduce costs, improve health outcomes and bolster the inclusion of minorities in clinical research to make it more relevant to clinicians, patients and decision-makers.


Culinary Health Webinar Series: Acupoints to Improve Mental Focus
Friday, noon (sponsored by Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute)

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Extreme heat and wildfire smoke can collide in deadly ways

NBC News, July 19
Cited: Jun Wu, professor of environmental and occupational health

The Washington Post logo

As water shortages intensify Iran’s heat wave, authorities shift blame

The Washington Post, July 18
Cited: Soroosh Sorooshian, Distinguished Professor of civil & environmental engineering

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Will workers be paid differently in the age of AI?

BBC, July 19
Cited: Veena Dubal, professor of law


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