July 31, 2023
UCI Digest
A maintenance crew member tends to the hedges along Ring Road near Engineering Hall.
A maintenance crew member tends to the hedges along Ring Road near Engineering Hall. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Weight-loss drugs pose risks, UCI experts warn

Dr. Kenneth J. Chang
Weight-loss medications Ozempic and Wegovy are highly effective but don’t cure obesity, according to UCI Health digestive health experts. Without accompanying lifestyle changes, the medications only provide temporary results, says Dr. Kenneth J. Chang, executive director of the Digestive Health Institute and an expert in endoscopic approaches to bariatric surgery. Chang also warns that the drugs can cause food to move too slowly through the gastrointestinal tract, which may result in stomach paralysis, bloating, nausea and vomiting.

Study links moral judgments to risk assessment

person standing outside crowded elevator
According to a new UCI-led study published in Collabra: Psychology by Cailin O’Connor, a UCI logic & philosophy of science professor, and Daniel Relihan, a psychological science postdoctoral fellow, risk assessments are sensitive to moral judgments. Imagine two people entering a crowded elevator during the height of the COVID pandemic, one to help an elderly neighbor fix a tripped circuit breaker, the other to buy illicit drugs. If the elevator got stuck for 20 minutes, which of the riders would you deem to be at higher risk for contracting COVID? Per the new study, participants will likely say the person buying drugs is at higher risk even when the exposure is the same for both riders.

Yes, people who are blind can be software engineers

Ali Abdolrahmani, a parent with a visual disability and an ARC collaborator, uses a YouTube video to read with his daughter.

The perception that people with impaired vision can’t be software engineers is being challenged by UCI’s Accessibility Research Collective. Housed in the Department of Informatics, the ​​collective brings together scholars and practitioners of diverse abilities, including Ali Abdolrahmani (above), to focus on social issues related to computing, disability and design. The center’s work is funded by the National Science Foundation, Toyota, Microsoft and a UCI Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Award.


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Krzysztof Palczewski: Closer to Curing Blindness

The Orange County Business Journal, July 31
Cited: Krzysztof Palczewski, Donald Bren professor and Distinguished Professor of ophthalmology

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Insight: Promising new Alzheimer's drugs may benefit whites more than Blacks

Reuters, July 31
Cited: Joshua Grill, director of UCI MIND

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Should there be a maximum age limit for lawmakers?

KNX News, July 28
Cited: Louis DeSipio, professor of political science

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