Aug. 15, 2023
UCI Digest
Mushrooms sprout on the Plaza Verde housing community lawn. (Photo: Ian Parker)
Mushrooms sprout on the Plaza Verde housing community lawn. (Photo: Ian Parker)


UCI poll: Homelessness is top worry in O.C.

A poll of Orange County residents conducted in May by the School of Social Ecology found that residents say the county’s biggest challenges are homelessness and lack of affordable housing. The poll is part of a renewed effort by UCI to measure local opinions about social issues and then tap the university’s role as a community resource to help fix some of those problems. Complete results of the survey will be presented Thursday during a private gathering at UCI that will include county and city elected officials, nonprofit leaders and some key business representatives.

National database sought for injured mass shooting survivors

Mass shooting deaths are carefully tracked, but the people who survive with serious injuries get less attention. UCI Health emergency medicine physician Dr. Mark I. Langdorf is on a mission to change that. He is calling for the creation of a U.S. database to track the effects that mass shootings have on injured survivors and a “national reckoning” to understand the full impact of gun violence.


New UC salary website now online

Because the University of California is committed to pay equity and pay transparency, UC employees can access information about the salary range for their positions online. The new Job Code Lookup System site, which replaced the Title Code Web Inquiry System site, aims to make that process easier and more accessible. For more information about how to access the system, the UC’s Office of the President has assembled instructions.


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Professor appointed to national climate board

Michael Méndez, assistant professor of urban planning and public policy
Michael Méndez, assistant professor of urban planning and public policy, has been appointed to serve on the Climate Crossroads advisory committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Climate Crossroads is an initiative to focus the National Academies’ resources on key pathways to tackle the climate crisis. Last year, Méndez was named to the 2022 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. He is completing his next book, Undocumented Disasters: (In)visible Communities Confronting Climate Change and Environmental Injustice, for Yale University Press.


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The Dangers of PFAS

U.S. News & World Report, Aug. 14
Cited: Scott Bartell, professor of environmental and occupational health

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The Epstein-Barr Virus is Linked to MS Risk, An Experimental Vaccine May Help Stop It

Healthline, Aug. 11
Cited: Suellen Hopfer, associate professor of health, society and behavior

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Workplace Etiquette 101

KABC, Aug. 11 (video)
Guest: Ian Williamson, dean of Paul Merage School of Business

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