Sept. 18, 2023
UCI Digest
Crape myrtle blooms and clouds in blue sky
Crape myrtle blooms between the Gillespie Neuroscience Research Facility and Sprague Hall. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


UCI receives top 10 ranking from U.S. News & World Report

UCI has again received a top 10 public schools ranking from U.S. News & World Report. In its 2024 Best Colleges rankings, the magazine gave UCI 10th place among public schools, tying with the Georgia Institute of Technology. This year, the magazine reviewed 1,500 institutions for its rankings.

Chancellor Gillman issues Constitution Day statement 

UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman issued a statement today in honor of Constitution Day, which commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. “I invite you all to reflect on the importance of understanding and engaging with the constitutional debates that have shaped the development of the United States,” said Gillman, whose entire message is posted online.

Nose-hair study earns Ig Nobel prize for UCI

For an experiment that used 20 cadavers to count whether both of a person’s nostrils contain the same number of nose hairs, a UCI team snagged the 2023 medicine prize at last week’s Ig Nobel awards ceremony, which honors research that “makes people laugh, then think.” The study aimed to help patients with alopecia, a disease that causes hair loss, including the nasal strands that defend against allergies and infection. Exploring “human nose hair growth patterns may seem unusual,” said Dr. Natasha Mesinkovska, the associate professor of dermatology who led the study, “but it originated from a need to better understand the role they play as front-line guardians of the respiratory system.” The other team members are Drs. Christine Pham, Bobak Hedayati and Margit Juhasz; Jamie Wikenheiser, an associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology; and Kiana Hashemi, Ella Csuka and Tiana Mamaghani from UCI’s Department of Dermatology.

Hispanic Heritage playlist

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, members of the Anteater community have handpicked music for a Spotify playlist.


UC recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month

The University of California began its celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 15 with the addition of a new Spanish wordmark across its digital platforms and the website. National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the achievements, contributions, culture and history of Latinos in the United States. In an announcement, the UC stated that it “is proud of the important contributions being made every day by members of our Latino community.”


Beyond the Book Author Series: Remote Not Distant with Gustavo Razzetti
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

Live-Online GRE Strategy Workshop
Wednesday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

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Awards honor UCI Health nurses and support staff

UCI Health medical intensive care unit team holding DAISY award sign and smiling
Each year, the DAISY awards recognize nurses who demonstrate excellence in patient care while displaying compassion, courage and integrity. The Sunflower awards honor outstanding assistants, techs or transporters. This year, both the medical intensive care unit – a 12-bed nursing unit that provides critical care to patients with a variety of medical conditions – and five nurses and support staff won awards.
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How to Tell if Your A.I. Is Conscious

The New York Times, Sept. 18
Cited: Megan Peters, associate professor of cognitive sciences

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Column: What first-generation college students actually need

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 18
Cited: Anita Casavantes Bradford, professor of history and Chicano studies

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Under Musk, Twitter is handing over more data to investigators

The Washington Post, Sept. 16
Cited: David Kaye, clinical professor of law

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