Oct. 23, 2023
UCI Digest
Students walking in front of the Student Center
The Student Center terrace is alive with activity. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Study reveals surge of weight loss drugs in California

Jonathan Watanabe, a professor of clinical pharmacy
In a first-of-its-kind study, UCI researchers led by Jonathan Watanabe (above), a professor of clinical pharmacy, discovered an extraordinary surge in the use of weight loss medications commonly prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes and obesity. The study suggests that understanding the impact of this trend is crucial for informed decision making by healthcare providers, ensuring stable supplies for patients who rely on these medications and assessing the economics of the insurance companies that cover the cost of these drugs.

UCI welcomes second class of College Corps fellows

UCI College Corps cohort 2 at the campus’s recent launch party.
The second class of #CaliforniansForAll College Corps participants from UCI was welcomed at a campus launch event for the 2023-24 academic year. College Corps is a statewide, paid service program that provides students with meaningful work serving the community. Students earn up to $10,000 for completing community service.


UC health insurance open enrollment begins

Open Enrollment banner with man in front of UCLA building
Open Enrollment for 2024 benefits began today at 8 a.m. and ends Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. With significant increases in medical plan costs — despite UC covering a larger share of premiums — it’s important to understand your options and costs. To see rates specific to your location and bargaining unit (if represented), visit ALEX, the virtual benefits counselor. You'll also see the premiums that apply to you when you sign in to UCPath to enroll for 2024 benefits. The open enrollment website goes live today.

UC issues travel warning for Middle East and North Africa

The University of California has issued an advisory instructing all faculty, students and staff to avoid nonessential travel to the Middle East and North Africa. “In recent weeks, we have seen an escalating security risk within the Middle East North Africa Region, including anti-Israel and anti-United States protests and violence in several countries,” the notice states. The instruction to avoid all nonessential travel to the region will remain in effect “for the foreseeable future.”


Beyond the Book: Somewhere Sisters with Erika Hayasaki
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

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UCI scholar wins DARPA Young Faculty Award

Rahim Esfandyar-Pour
The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has named UCI’s Rahim Esfandyar-Pour (above) as one of its Young Faculty Award winners for 2023. An assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, Esfandyar-Pour leads an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers in creating flexible and wearable electronics with precision sensing capabilities that can be used for personalized healthcare and sustainable energy solutions.
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Wrongly convicted, they ‘lost hope’ after 17 years in prison. Then an OC mom helped prove their innocence

The Orange County Register, Oct. 20
Cited: Anna Davis, director of internships and pro bono program at School of Law

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O.C. Sustainability Decathlon provides a sneak peek at a zero-net future, created by youth

Daily Pilot, Oct. 21
Cited: Ayman S. Mosallam, professor of engineering

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Finding Meaning In The Cosmos

Science Friday, Oct. 20
Cited: Aomawa Shields, associate professor of physics and astronomy

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