Oct. 4, 2023
UCI Digest
Students playing computer games inside the Esports arena
The Esports Arena held its fall kickoff Friday evening with hundreds lined up to sample the new computer systems. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


UCI surgeon urges better treatment of nerve injuries

Dr. Ranjan Gupta
The need for timely and accurate diagnosis of nerve injury, especially after trauma, is leading to a wave of new research in the medical field. Dr. Ranjan Gupta, chief of shoulder surgery at UCI Health, specializes in shoulder, elbow, hand and nerve injuries. He recently spoke to Healio News about the impact such injuries have on patients' lives.

Free Metrolink rides for students

Beginning Monday, Metrolink trains will offer a new pilot program allowing all students with a valid campus ID card to ride any train for free. The program will run for approximately six months and may be accessed through the Metrolink Mobile App. Students who create an account with their UCI email address will receive a Student Adventure Pass. While riding Metrolink, students will simply need to activate the Student Adventure Pass each time they use it and ensure they carry their UCI ID with them at all times. More information is available on Metrolink’s website.

UCI team aims to market satellite technology

A team from the Samueli School of Engineering is participating in the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps training program, which helps scientists and engineers commercialize inventions. Members of the school’s mechanical and aerospace engineering department have devised a satellite propulsion system that shows promise for revolutionizing the science of space exploration.


Year of Free Speech Kickoff Event

Year of Free Speech Kickoff Event
Thursday, 11:30 a.m. (online event; registration required)

Tai Chi – Beginners
Fridays, Oct. 6 thru Nov. 17, 8 a.m. (sponsored by Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute)

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


Screenshot of UC Irvine instagram post about Hispanic Heritage Month

@UCIrvine posted on Instagram: Celebrating diversity and culture is part of #UCIPride! Join us as we recognize #HispanicHeritageMonth and honor UCI’s diverse Latinx community that enriches campus life. Did you know that UCI is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution? La Bienvenida is a Welcome Week event hosted by the Latinx Resource Center to raise Latinx cultural expression and provide opportunities for engagement through affiliated student orgs.

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy voted out. “What a shock to the system!”

KNX In-Depth, Oct. 3
Cited: Louis DeSipio, professor of political science and Chicano/Latino studies

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Superbugs are on the rise. How can we prevent antibiotics from becoming obsolete?

Live Science, Oct. 1
Cited: Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of the epidemiology and infection prevention program

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6 ways humans are transforming Antarctica from a pristine preserve to a polluted wasteland

Insider, Sept. 30
Cited: Eric Rignot, professor of Earth system science

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