Aug. 8, 2023
UCI Digest
Morning sun hits the Physical Sciences Lecture Hall and the ISEB. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)
Morning sun hits the Physical Sciences Lecture Hall and the ISEB. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


LEAD-ABC program adds diversity to medical school

Darrys Reese (above right with School of Medicine Dean Dr. Michael Stamos)
Since childhood, Darrys Reese (above right with School of Medicine Dean Dr. Michael Stamos) has wanted to become a doctor working in underserved communities. What ultimately drew him to UCI’s medical school was the LEAD-ABC program, which stands for Leadership Education to Advance Diversity – African, Black and Caribbean. Reese officially began his journey on Aug. 4, when he donned his first white coat in the official ceremony welcoming the School of Medicine class of 2027.

Healthy summer recipes

Whether from your garden, a farmer’s market or the grocery store, summer fruits and vegetables make it easy to prepare a healthy meal at home. A diet rich in plants gives your body the fuel it needs for optimal health. How you prepare and cook fruits and vegetables also plays a vital role in releasing their nutrients so your body can best absorb them. With that in mind, UCI Health’s Live Well blog has assembled some easy-to-prepare summer recipes that take advantage of the seasonal bounty.


UC admits record number of Californians

The University of California admitted a record number of California applicants for fall 2023 — led by Latinos, who were part of the largest class of underrepresented students ever. Overall, according to today’s L.A. Times, UC admitted 88,285 Californian first-year applicants, an increase of 3.5% over last year, with gains posted at most of the nine undergraduate campuses. UCI admitted 24.6% more first-year students for fall 2023, including 2,160 more Californians, after cutting back admission offers last year, especially for out-of-state and international students. Dale Leaman, executive director of undergraduate admissions, said the campus plans to enroll about 700 more Californians this year — 500 first-year students and 200 transfers. “The real point of our efforts ... was to provide more access to Californians,” he said.


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Spreading her wings, Swift-style

Amanda Walsh, a community relations manager

For Taylor Swift’s six shows in Los Angeles, fans came out in force to experience her three-hour-plus performances. One of them (who couldn’t help but be noticed by an L.A. Times photographer) was UCI’s Amanda Walsh (above), a community relations manager. Per the Times, the 29-year-old fashioned her butterfly wings from a tapestry. “I actually lost my husband to cancer in January 2022, so the song ‘Bigger Than the Whole Sky’ really means a lot to me,” Walsh told the newspaper. “I just think that song speaks a lot about grief ... and things you’re missing out on when you deal [with] and go through loss.”

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Study suggests that exposure to different smells could help improve memory

NPR, Aug. 7
Cited: Michael Leon, professor of neurobiology & behavior

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The Kids Aren’t Alright: The Pandemic’s Lasting Toll On Learning And Mental Health

LAist – AirTalk, Aug. 7
Cited: Jessica Borelli, professor of psychological science

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The EPA plans to retool its pesticide program in an effort to protect endangered animals

KCUR, Aug. 4
Cited: Alejandro Camacho, Chancellor’s Professor of law and faculty director, Center for Land, Environment and Natural Resources

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