Nov. 1, 2023
UCI Digest
A Rufous hummingbird perches on branch
A Rufous hummingbird perches in a campus parking lot. (Photo: Shari Atilano)


UCI named Fulbright HSI Leader for third year

UCI has been named a Fulbright Hispanic Serving Institution Leader for 2023. Each year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recognizes the strong engagement of select HSIs with the Fulbright Program, the government’s flagship international academic exchange program. This is the third consecutive year that UCI has been recognized as a Fulbright HSI Leader – a designation created in 2021. UCI became a Hispanic-serving institution in 2017 and is a founding member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

UCI-led study links long-term smog exposure to postpartum depression

Jun Wu, Ph.D., UCI professor of environmental and occupational health
Long-term maternal exposure to common air pollutants, both before and after childbirth, has been linked to increased risk of postpartum depression for mothers – with symptoms ranging from anxiety and irritability to suicide – and may lead to cognitive, emotional, psychological and behavioral impairments in their infants, according to research led by UCI. The study, published in JAMA Network Open, is one of the first to examine the association between environmental factors and a clinical disorder that affects approximately 10% to 20% of women after childbirth worldwide.

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Transforming cinematic boundaries

Retro TV with collage of film stills inside

This fall, School of Humanities students can experience a collaboration among film and media studies, Asian American studies, East Asian studies and global cultures that examines how films become the vessels for understanding an interconnected world. One class focuses on Bruce Lee, an icon who transformed martial arts and cinema. The course invites students to journey through the life, work and enduring influence of a man who, from his humble beginnings as a dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant in Seattle to becoming a global superstar, reshaped worldwide cinema and culture.

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As Extreme Heat Increases, Heart Attacks Will Rise

Wired, Nov. 1
Cited: Shahir Masri, assistant specialist in air pollution exposure assessment and epidemiology

The Independent logo

Biggest cervical cancer drug advance in 20 years

The Independent, Nov. 1
Cited: Dr. Krishnansu Tewari, professor of obstetrics and gynecology

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Many businesses promote unproven long-COVID treatments, researchers say

UPI, Oct. 26
Cited: Leigh Turner, professor of health, society and behavior

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