Oct. 30, 2023
UCI Digest
A silver garden spider capturing a fly outside Hewitt Hall
A silver garden spider capturing a fly outside Hewitt Hall. (Photo: Shari Atilano)


UCI Podcast: How educational categories create inequality

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From early labels like “kindergartner” or “English-language learner” to later designations such as “honor roll student,” how do assigned categories affect a young person’s life? Such questions are discussed in this UCI Podcast featuring Andrew M. Penner, UCI professor of sociology, and Emily K. Penner, UCI associate professor of education.

UCI Health purchases GenesisCare radiation oncology centers

UCI Health has acquired GenesisCare radiation oncology centers in Orange County, which has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Fountain Valley location will be renamed UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center ― Fountain Valley. The UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center based in Orange County and features a full range of cancer specialty care, including radiation oncology.

Spooktacular Halloween recipes

Two Pumpkin Spice mocktails inside a decorative wreath
Pumpkins provide lots of seasonal decorative fun, and they are also full of immune system boosters, which come in handy as cold and flu season begins. Their bright orange color means they are high in beta-carotene, which our bodies convert to vitamin A. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains 245% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which builds immunity, helps improve vision and fights cancer-causing free radicals. With that in mind, UCI Health’s Live Well blog offers some festive recipes for sweet and savory dishes with these recipes crafted by Jessica VanRoo, executive chef of the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute.


Mark as Read: Managing Email Overload
Wednesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by UC Records Management Committee)

Beyond the Book Author Series: Hispanic Market Power with Isaac Mizrahi
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

CDT Digital Leadership Series -- Achieving Shared Prosperity in The Age Of AI: A Conversation with Simon Johnson
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by Center for Digital Transformation)

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Creating pathways for minority nurse scientists

Back row: Jung-Ah Lee, Adey Nyamathi, E. Alison Holman, Mahkameh Rasouli, Afsaneh Saghafi, Nakia Best, Jung In Park. Front row: Shelley Ann Burke, Ketsia Kasongo; Nastacia Taylor; Alexis Ross, Briana Hutchinson; Meghan Anthony Winston; Yuqing Guo.

To improve diversity in the nursing profession, especially at the Ph.D. level, the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing launched its first Historically Black Colleges and Universities Summer Research Program. During the eight-week summer session, the students worked on research projects with nursing faculty mentors, attended professional development seminars and received support for preparing graduate school applications. Participants included Jung-Ah Lee, professor of nursing; Adey Nyamathi, Distinguished Professor of nursing; E. Alison Holman, professor of nursing and program lead; Mahkameh Rasouli, nursing Ph.D. student; Afsaneh Saghafi, nursing Ph.D. student; Nakia Best, assistant professor of nursing; and Jung In Park, assistant professor of nursing (back row, above). In the front row above are Shelley Ann Burke, assistant clinical professor of nursing; Ketsia Kasongo with Winston-Salem State University; Nastacia Taylor with North Carolina Central University; Alexis Ross with North Carolina Central University; Briana Hutchinson with North Carolina A&T State University; Meghan Anthony with Winston-Salem State University; and Yuqing Guo, associate professor of nursing.

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Jewish and Muslim chaplains navigate US campus tensions and help students roiled by Israel-Hamas war

Associated Press, Oct. 28
Cited: Rabbi Daniel Levine, senior Jewish educator at Orange County Hillel and Jewish studies lecturer

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San Diego jail populations plummeted during the pandemic. It didn’t impact crime, researchers say.

The San Diego Union-Tribune, Oct. 29
Cited: Charis Kubrin, professor of criminology, law and society

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Asian Americans in an Anti-Black World

New Books Network, Oct. 30
Cited: Claire Jean Kim, professor of political science and Asian American studies

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