July 20, 2023
UCI Digest
Anteater Time Machine: In 1984, UCI founding Chancellor Dan Aldrich throws a shot put.
Anteater Time Machine: In 1984, UCI founding Chancellor Dan Aldrich throws a shot put.


Chief nursing executive named

UCI Health chief nursing executive Anne Marie Watkins
UCI Health has appointed Anne Marie Watkins as chief nursing executive to oversee all aspects of patient care and nursing practice at Orange County’s only academic health system. Watkins will also serve as assistant dean of nursing education for the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. She will join UCI Health on Monday.

Do higher minimum wages improve health?

Distinguished Professor of economics David Neumark
A new working paper by Distinguished Professor of economics David Neumark takes a deep dive into the large and growing body of evidence on how minimum wage increases affect health and health-related behaviors. Despite assertions from major medical groups such as the American Public Health Association and American Medical Association that higher minimum wages improve public health, Neumark finds the answer to be a bit more nuanced.


Student regent appointed

UC Merced graduate student Josiah Beharry
The University of California Board of Regents appointed UC Merced graduate student Josiah Beharry to be the 2024-25 student regent. Beharry is the 50th student regent, a position established in 1975, and the first from UC Merced.

2023 UC Tech Awards

UCI honored at 2023 UC Tech Awards

The UC Tech Awards recognize individuals and teams in the UC system’s technology community for advancing the university’s mission using technology tools and methods. UCI was honored in two categories:

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Leadership: Shohreh Bozorgmehri, director of Student & Academic Services, received the golden award for founding Women in Technology at UCI.

Larry L. Sautter Awards for Innovation in Information Technology: UCI’s Experiential Learning Program received a silver award for creating a bridge between classroom learning and career readiness for underrepresented students.


University of California Health Grand Rounds
Tuesday, noon (sponsored by UC Health)

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UCI awarded $3.8 million NIH grant to advance BRAIN Initiative research

UCI awarded $3.8 million NIH grant to advance BRAIN Initiative research

UCI has received a $3.8 million BRAIN Initiative grant from the National Institutes of Health to enhance the production and distribution of cell-type-specific viral targeting reagents. Viruses are a vital tool used by neuroscientists to study the molecular and cellular function of a gene within different brain cell types. This funding, leveraging UCI’s designation as a minority-serving institution, will enable the expansion of adeno-associated virus production at the campus’s Center for Neural Circuit Mapping.

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A ‘communi-versity’ model is how UCI aims to improve health of OC’s Latinx and Vietnamese families

The Orange County Register, July 19
Cited: Bernadette Boden-Albala, director and founding dean, Program in Public Health

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Opinion: The Supreme Court Should Back Firearms Restraints That Save Lives

Scientific American, July 20
Author: Jane K. Stoever, clinical professor of law

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What Is AFRICOM? How the U.S. Military is Militarizing and Destabilizing Africa

Teen Vogue, July 19
Cited: Samar Al-Bulushi, assistant professor of anthropology

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