Oct. 16, 2023
UCI Digest
Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan (left) appears with UCI Provost Hal Stern (center) in front of podium
Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan (left) appears with UCI Provost Hal Stern (center) at the Irvine Global Village Festival on Saturday. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Fulbright scholarship brings Ukrainian trauma expert to UCI

Natasha Frolova
Fulbright scholar Natasha Frolova, a crisis psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Work at Dnipro State University in Ukraine, is spending nine months at UCI. The only psychologist from Ukraine to come to the U.S. this year, she’s working with Roxane Cohen Silver, Distinguished Professor of psychological science, medicine and public health, and a world-renowned trauma coping expert. “There has been limited research conducted on residents of Ukraine since their country was invaded over 18 months ago,” says Silver. “Because she was living in the country as the war broke out, Dr. Frolova has important insights that I hope can inform our research on collective trauma in Ukraine.”

Study shows enhanced bathing routine cuts nursing home infections

Nursing homes that use a chlorhexidine bathing routine to clean the skin and an over-the-counter antiseptic to clean the nose prevent serious infections and reduce the amount of antibiotic-resistant organisms. The findings by scientists at UCI, Harbor-UCLA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were published Oct. 10 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The cleansing protocol, called universal decolonization, substantially reduced the number of nursing home residents requiring hospitalization for infections, said senior investigator Dr. Susan Huang, medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention for UCI Health and Chancellor's Professor of infectious diseases at the School of Medicine.


Raising Equity: How to talk to children about race and racism
Tuesday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Child Care Services)

Wei Hai Min and Her Personae: Jingju in Our Time
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative)

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Facing racism in science, ‘I decided to prove them wrong’

Dequina Nicholas

UCI assistant professor of molecular biology and biochemistry Dequina Nicholas studies how lipid immunology contributes to Type 2 diabetes and polycystic ovarian syndrome, with the goal of developing immunotherapies. Before she joined UCI, some colleagues told her that Black people didn’t make good scientists. “There are many ways you can take messages such as that,” she says. “It can demoralize or crush you. I decided to prove them wrong. I worked extremely hard. My goal has always been to change attitudes, change perspectives.” Nicholas recently sat down with Nature magazine to discuss tackling racism in science head on and how burning a bridge can sometimes be an act of self-preservation.

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Are attention spans getting shorter (and does it matter)?

CBS News, Oct. 15
Cited: Gloria Mark, professor emeritus of informatics

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Can You Hide a Child’s Face From A.I.?

The New York Times, Oct. 14
Cited: Mimi Ito, professor of informatics

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OC Women’s Health Summit speakers take look at women’s health and access to care

The Orange County Register, Oct. 13
Cited: Bernadette Boden-Albala, director and founding dean of the Program in Public Health

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