July 24, 2023
UCI Digest
A Student Parent Orientation Program staffer (in green) helps new students navigate the Resource Fair on Ring Road
A Student Parent Orientation Program staffer (in green) helps new students navigate the Resource Fair on Ring Road during SPOP session 2. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Pushing the boundaries of biological imaging

Stacy Copp, UCI assistant professor of materials science and engineering
Stacy Copp, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has been researching the potential of DNA-stabilized nanoclusters, tiny particles that emit visible light. Recently she has explored whether the fluorescence of these molecules can be extended into the near-infrared region, which could create a capability of seeing through human tissues and cells. Copp’s laboratory has made great strides in this area, and her projects have provided students with opportunities to shine as researchers and mentors.

How pregnancy affects heart health

UCI Health experts point out that pregnancy’s stress on the heart and blood vessels can exacerbate undetected cardiovascular problems and may lead to dangerously high blood pressure, gestational diabetes and premature labor. High-risk pregnancy specialist Dr. Afshan Hameed, a leader in the field of maternity and heart disease, compares pregnancy to “running on a treadmill for nine months.” Additionally, a new study suggests that women with peripartum cardiomyopathy are at risk for a relapse if they become pregnant again, even if their left ventricular function recovers.


UC wins accolades for systemwide achievements

The University of California has been topping the charts with accolades that touch every location. Academic excellence, arts, graduate programs and diversity were all recognized by various entities this past academic year.


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Future Leaders Initiative

Attendees check in for the Paul Merage School of Business' Future Leaders Initiative

Attendees check in for the Paul Merage School of Business’ Future Leaders Initiative, a program for underserved high school and community college students in Southern California. Watch this video to learn more about FLI from Dean Ian Williamson.

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Hospital building spree could turn Irvine into nation’s next big health brand

The Orange County Register, July 23
Cited: Chad T. Lefteris, chief executive officer, UCI Health

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Only 26 Black Women Have Ever Become Astrophysicists in the U.S. Here’s One’s Story

Scientific American, July 24
Cited: Aomawa Shields, assistant professor of physics and astronomy

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Does acupuncture work for chronic pain? Here’s what the science says.

The Washington Post, July 24
Cited: Richard Harris, professor of anesthesiology

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