Nov. 6, 2023
UCI Digest
Three violinists wearing Día de Los Muertos makeup also known as calavera makeup.
In celebration of Día de Los Muertos, the Mariachi Divas perform at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on Nov. 2. (Photo by Karen Tapia)


UCI joins microelectronics research hub

Payam Heydari
The U.S. Department of Defense granted $26.9 million to 16 academic institutions and other organizations, including UCI, to launch California DREAMS, the California Defense Ready Electronics and Microdevices Superhub. The funding is part of nearly $240 million awarded to eight regional “Microelectronics Commons” innovation hubs. Payam Heydari (above), a Chancellor’s Professor of electrical engineering and computer science, will lead UCI’s participation in the project, which aims to accelerate the growth of the domestic microelectronics manufacturing industry.

Flu and COVID vaccination deadlines are Dec. 1

By Dec. 1, all UCI campus employees and students must submit either an attestation that they received the 2023-24 flu shot and updated COVID-19 vaccine or a declination that they are choosing not to receive one or both vaccines. Employees should attest or decline at the Occupational Health portal and students should use the Student Health Center portal. Answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccination policy are available online. For other questions or concerns, employees should contact the UCI Employee Experience Center at or 949-824-0500, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students should contact the Student Health Center.


2023 UCI Veterans Day Ceremony
Wednesday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by Veterans Service Center)

Free LSAT Test Strategy Workshop
Wednesday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

Visit to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


School of Medicine celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Graphic reads Honoring Native American Heritage Month
November is National Native American Heritage Month, and UCI’s School of Medicine is reflecting on the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs’ 2023 theme, “Celebrating Tribal Sovereignty and Identity.” According to the BIA, “tribal sovereignty ensures that any decisions about Tribes with regard to their property and citizens are made with their participation and consent.” To the medical school, these principles “center the communities that are most directly affected by our work in the field of academic medicine, as we pursue health equity as a foundational aspect of our mission to: Discover. Teach. Heal.” The school has also assembled a list of online resources and upcoming events.
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California’s College Corps shapes local students into future public leaders

The Orange County Register, Nov. 6
Cited: Student Katie Vo and Sherwynn Umali, deputy chief of staff of student affairs

The Hill

California scientists suggest a strategy to ‘eat our way’ out of the climate crisis

The Hill, Nov. 6
Cited: Steven Davis, professor of Earth system science

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California lawmakers want to stop ‘alarming rise’ in retail theft. How big is the problem?

The Sacramento Bee, Nov. 6
Cited: Charis Kubrin,  professor of criminology, law and society

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