Oct. 12, 2023
UCI Digest
Anteater Time Machine: In 1965, students chat on a walkway with the Commons and library in the background.
Anteater Time Machine: In 1965, students chat on a walkway with the Commons and library in the background.


UCI to host online esports symposium

Gamers, scholars and industry professionals will converge online next week for the first UC Esports Initiative Symposium, a free, three-hour conference addressing key aspects of the growing world of competitive gaming. In two panel discussions, experts will tackle the business side of esports and the physical and mental well-being of players. Starting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, the symposium is open to the public and will also include opportunities to network. Sponsored by the UC Esports Initiative, the conference is expected to take place annually.

ANTrepreneur Center launches AI competition

UCI’s ANTrepreneur Center’s Innovation Challenge kickoff event will be held Monday. The competition – which continues throughout the fall quarter and will distribute over $50,000 in prizes – is open to undergrads, graduate students and faculty of any background and skill level. The ANTrepreneur Center is also looking for mentors and judges. Teams formed at the kickoff will create AI-based solutions in one of three tracks: storytelling and entertainment, health impact, and student experiences.

UCI Law and Humanities form new degree program

The School of Law is offering humanities students access to accelerated bachelor/juris doctor degree programs and up to $30,000 in scholarship funds. Under the initiative, the schools of Law and Humanities will cooperate on two programs: the School of Humanities Scholarship Program and the 3+3 Articulated Program. Designed to help UCI humanities students jump-start their legal careers, the collaboration makes UCI the first UC campus to establish a formal partnership between its humanities and law schools.


Latinx Excelencia: Unleashing the Power of the Mainstream Economy
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (sponsored by Merage School of Business)

Ways to Save with Roth
Tuesday, 3 p.m. (co-sponsored by HR Wellness and Fidelity)

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School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month

Laura Estefanie Hernandez Cervantes, Cristina Graciela Márquez and Cesar Zevallos

Every year, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is recognized in the United States as a time to celebrate the cultures of Latin America and the accomplishments of Hispanic/Latino people. This Hispanic Heritage Month, the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences is highlighting Hispanic/Latino students who are working to become part of the next generation of healthcare professionals. From left above, Laura Estefania Hernandez Cervantes is a first-generation Mexican American from South Central Los Angeles; Cristina Graciela Márquez’s father is from Mexico City; and Cesar Zevallos’s family immigrated to the U.S. from Peru. All three students recently spoke about how culture and heritage have influenced their academic careers.

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What to Do When Your Adult Kids Ignore You

AARP, Oct. 11
Cited: Karen Lincoln, professor of environmental and occupational health

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Innovations in Alzheimer's treatment risk leaving Hispanic community behind, experts say

ABC News, Oct. 7
Cited: Christian Salazar, associate project scientist at UCI MIND

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This Prolific LA Eviction Law Firm Was Caught Faking Cases In Court. Did They Misuse AI?

LAist, Oct. 12
Cited: Ari Waldman, professor of law

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