Sept. 25, 2023
UCI Digest
Chancellor Howard Gillman (far left) and Vice Chancellor Willie Banks (right) pictured with man, daughter, woman next to a blue container
Chancellor Howard Gillman (left) and Vice Chancellor Willie Banks join the UCI move-in weekend fun on Friday morning. (Photo: Max Vidal/UCI)


Move-in weekend brings new students to campus

On Friday, hundreds of new UCI students began moving onto campus for the 2023-24 academic year. Families dropped off students and their belongings at Mesa Court and Middle Earth. Chancellor Howard Gillman was there in the morning to help as loads of personal items were carted in.

Sophia Djeng hugs stuffed bear while being hugged by her mother
Stevie Louise DeVore unpacks box in dorm room
Ross Victor unpacks luggage in dorm room
Top to bottom: Sophia Djeng is hugged by her mom, Angela; Stevie Louise DeVore moves into her dorm in Mesa Court; Ross Victor organizes his room. (Photos: Steve Zylius/UCI)

UCI gets grant to study ‘chemobrain’

Munjal Acharya, left, and Alexandre Chan
UCI has been awarded a five-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study ways to reduce cancer-related cognitive impairment. Commonly known as “chemobrain,” the condition affects up to 75% of cancer survivors. The project is being conducted in partnership with Munjal Acharya, an associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology (above left), and aims to translate findings from past human studies conducted by Alexandre Chan (right), chair and professor of clinical pharmacy practice, into the laboratory.

COVID-19 reminders

As students arrive on campus this week and COVID-19 cases tick up nationwide, here are some health reminders. Masks are not required on campus, but people may choose to wear them. Face coverings are available at various campus locations. Free COVID-19 antigen tests are also available to students, staff and faculty at various UCI locations and via mail at If you test positive for COVID-19, follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for isolation and masking. 

Employees are encouraged to report their cases to Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services, but students don’t need to report infections to CTVNS. The CDC recently recommended everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine. The new vaccine will soon be available to students at the Student Health Center, but is currently available only through local pharmacies and medical clinics. Campus vaccine clinics are available to employees and students on the dates and times listed at this website. Other vaccine options include pharmacies, community clinics and many primary care providers. Thank you for helping to keep the UCI community healthy.


Free COVID-19 tests available for all US households

Every U.S. household may place an order to receive four free COVID-⁠19 rapid tests delivered to their home. If you need help placing an order, call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).


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Ph.D. student’s public health research leads to Mexico trip

Athena, pictured at center, with Dean Boden-Albala, at right, while they examine an elderly women’s eye sight during their Ensenada visit.
UCI public health doctoral student Athena Corral Carlos (above center, with Dean Bernadette Boden-Albala at right) has dedicated her career to understanding chronic diseases, specifically the impact that physical activity, lifestyle and socioeconomic factors have on the onset of disease. So, when she was invited by Boden-Albala, her research co-mentor, to join a large volunteer team (including members of the School of Medicine and Gavin Herbert Eye Institute) to visit Ensenada, Mexico, to provide general healthcare and collect data that would shed light on disparities affecting a rural town, she didn’t hesitate to say yes.
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Can public opinion reduce homelessness in Orange County? Experts say it might

The Orange County Register, Sept. 24
Cited: Jon Gould, dean, School of Social Ecology

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The Beauty of a Silent Walk

The New York Times, Sept. 23
Cited: Gloria Mark, professor emeritus of informatics

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UCI Launches Climate Innovation Hub

Orange County Business Journal, Sept. 25
Cited: Errol Arkilic, chief innovation officer

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