Nov. 13, 2023
UCI Digest
Chancellor Howard Gillman and Maj. Gen. Laura L. Yeager stand for the national anthem during a Veterans Day ceremony at the UCI flagpoles.
Chancellor Howard Gillman and Maj. Gen. Laura L. Yeager stand for the national anthem during a Veterans Day ceremony at the UCI flagpoles. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Professor to help design world’s most powerful laser

Franklin Dollar, a UCI professor of physics & astronomy
The National Science Foundation has awarded an $18-million grant to build the world’s most powerful laser to a team of scientists including Franklin Dollar, a UCI professor of physics & astronomy. The device will consist of two separate 25-petawatt lasers, meaning that, for the millionths of a billionth of a second that the laser will fire, it will be over 1,000 times more powerful than the global power grid.

Expanding the impact of nursing

Tony Bui (left) and Deul Myung explain their proposal on monitor
In 2017, the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing added a dimension to its graduate studies called the Masters Entry Program in Nursing’s Leadership Program, in which participants design and present projects to broaden and enhance the nursing profession’s impact on the communities it serves. The results include projects to train and equip college campus fentanyl task forces, recruit more students from underrepresented groups into the nursing profession, and send prospective nurses overseas to gain field experience in developing countries. Above, Tony Bui (left) and Deul Myung explain their proposal to educate students on the dangers of opioids, distribute Narcan and provide training in its use for resident advisors.


UC president and chancellors condemn intolerance

UC President Michael V. Drake and all 10 UC chancellors issued a statement on Friday denouncing the anti-Semitic and Islamophobic rhetoric that has surfaced during recent campus protests over the war in the Middle East. “We write today to condemn the alarming, profoundly disappointing acts of bigotry, intolerance, and intimidation we have seen on our campuses over these past several weeks,” they stated. “Let us be clear: There is no place for hate, bigotry, or intimidation at the University of California. Period.”


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Balancing blades and books

Cherry Ji posing with knee bent in the ice skating rink

Having grown up in Beijing, Cherry Ji, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at UCI, knows firsthand how figure skating brings together people from different national and cultural backgrounds. Now, Ji has found a way to use her passion for the sport as a jumping-off point for her academic work. Her research in cultural sociology focuses on the social performance of artistry in Olympic figure skating: how skaters present themselves in competition to showcase their artistry amid increasingly rationalized evaluation systems. "I felt really lucky to be able to experience different cultures from a young age," says Ji, who competed in international youth contests around Asia. "Skating was definitely a window for me to see the outside world."

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UCI Goes Into The Metaverse

Orange County Business Journal, Nov. 13
Cited: Ian Williamson, dean of Merage School of Business

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Edible fats and oils could be synthesized from fossil fuels

CBC, Nov. 10
Cited: Steven Davis, professor of Earth system science

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She studies 'sensitive topics' in Chinese history. Hong Kong denied her work visa

NPR, Nov. 12
Cited: Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history

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