Aug. 23, 2023
UCI Digest
Sunlight illuminates trees by Middle Earth towers
Sunlight illuminates trees by Middle Earth towers. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


3 professors receive Climate Action grants

UCI researchers (from left) Alejandro Camacho, Isabella Velicogna and Steven Allison
UCI researchers (from left) Alejandro Camacho, Isabella Velicogna and Steven Allison will receive $8.7 million in Climate Action grants for projects designed to advance California’s climate goals. The projects are the result of a partnership between the state and the University of California, which announced today that it’s awarding over $80 million in Climate Action grants.

High cholesterol, obesity on rise in US

More than 40% of Americans are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. UCI Health family medicine physician Dr. Jose Mayorga spoke with U.S. News & World Report about what he sees as a primary care provider. “Many individuals can go years without knowing they have (high cholesterol), which can cause irreversible damage to the body. This is why it’s important to have a primary care doctor who can screen you for cholesterol periodically, prescribe medication and provide guidance on healthy living."


UC applications open – nine campuses, one form

Applications for the University of California are open through Nov. 30. The UC admissions website has information for freshman, transfer and international students, as well as on campus programs, financial aid and application tips.


True grit: First-gen undergrad embodies Anteater spirit

Valentina Toledano

Valentina Toledano returned to California in June after spending the academic year abroad. The first-gen undergraduate double major (political science and language science with a minor in anthropology) was part of the UC Education Abroad Program, which enabled her to spend nine months in Spain at the Universidad de Complutense de Madrid. When Toledano was a toddler, her mother noticed she was experiencing sensory overload and strongly preferred to be alone. At about 3 or 4 years old, she was diagnosed with autism. Read about Toledano’s journey.

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In a Hot Job Market, the Minimum Wage Becomes an Afterthought

The New York Times, Aug. 23
Cited: David Neumark, Distinguished Professor of economics

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The Winds That Doomed Lahaina

Wired, Aug. 23
Cited: Tirtha Banerjee, associate professor of civil & environmental engineering

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If AI becomes conscious, how will we know?

Science, Aug. 22
Cited: Megan Peters, associate professor of cognitive sciences

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