Aug. 29, 2023
UCI Digest
Blooms blown to the ground glisten with rain on the curb outside Aldrich Hall.  (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)
Blooms blown to the ground glisten with rain on the curb outside Aldrich Hall. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Butterworths to receive Extraordinarius award

Paul Butterworth ’74, M.S. ’81, and Jo Butterworth ’75
On Oct. 26, the UCI Alumni Association will celebrate 24 accomplished Anteaters at the 2023 Lauds & Laurels ceremony, bestowing the highest honor, the Extraordinarius award, on alumni couple Paul Butterworth ’74, M.S. ’81, and Jo Butterworth ’75 for their exemplary service and contributions to the university and community. In February, the Butterworths pledged a $35.5 million estate gift to UCI – the largest alumni bequest ever – which will fund awards, scholarships, fellowships, new research initiatives and faculty chairs in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.

Researchers advance molecular-level drug discovery

Brian M. Paegel, a professor of pharmaceutical sciences
UCI scientists led by Brian M. Paegel (above), a professor of pharmaceutical sciences, have developed an innovative method for quickly creating vast collections of chemical compounds used in drug discovery by harnessing the power of ribosomes, the molecules found in all cells that synthesize proteins and peptides. Findings recently published in ACS Central Science describe this technique, which could replace the current manually intensive process, accelerating the discovery of new drugs for a wide array of diseases and conditions.


Women in Tech committee unveils new website

Women in Tech committee unveils new website
The UC Women in Tech committee has a new website,, that enables users to learn about the WIT’s mission, key goals and initiatives; meet community members including local UC representatives; and locate other useful resources.


2023 Staff Appreciation Picnic

2023 Staff Appreciation Picnic
Thursday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by Staff Assembly)

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UCI hosts Logic & Philosophy of Science Summer Diversity Program

UCI hosts Logic & Philosophy of Science Summer Diversity Progra

For the second year in a row, a select group of students from places as far-flung as Nepal were welcomed to UCI for the weeklong Logic & Philosophy of Science Summer Diversity Program. Designed to expose students from underrepresented backgrounds to graduate-level topics in philosophy, the residential program is spearheaded by LPS associate professor Dr. Lauren Ross and funded by the National Science Foundation. The program connects students with mentors, peers and scholars.

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What If Wind Turbines Got a Makeover?

New York magazine – Curbed, Aug. 28
Cited: James Nisbet, associate professor of art history

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Early-stage trial for Parkinson’s disease therapy shows signs of promise

The Guardian, Aug. 28
Cited: Claire Henchcliffe, Stanley van den Noort professor of neurology

Health and Wellness In Your 50s

Orange Coast, Aug. 22
Cited: Jody Rawles, clinical professor of psychiatry & human behavior

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