Nov. 14, 2023
UCI Digest
Reflections in the windows of the Susan and Henry Samueli Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building create a palette of color.
Reflections in the windows of the Susan and Henry Samueli Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building create a palette of color. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Mobile food pantry launches tomorrow

Andrea Mora shown inside mobile food pantry vehicle.
The Basic Needs Center at UCI will unveil its new mobile food pantry, a 22-foot-long customized delivery van, at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Pereira Drive roundabout in front of the Aldrich Hall flagpoles. The first 200 students will receive collapsible Tupperware products. The center will also launch its ZotFunder campaign, running until Dec. 31, to raise money to stock the mobile pantry, which is designed to make food more accessible to all UCI students. Food distributions will begin Dec. 8 at Arroyo Vista housing and Dec. 15 at Verano 8.

UCI recognizes International Education Week

International Education Week is a collaborative initiative between the U.S. departments of State and Education to recognize the global exchange environment between America and other countries. UCI’s International Education Week is dedicated to enhancing cultural and international education awareness across the campus and community. It recognizes the value of exchanging ideas, perspectives and experiences.


Open enrollment ends Friday

Open Enrollment ends Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 at 5 p.m.
Open enrollment is coming to an end, which means you have until 5 p.m. Friday to enroll or make changes to your benefits. Select "faculty & staff" or "retirees" on the open enrollment website. Some medical plan premiums are going up much more than usual, so it's important to consider your options this year. More information is available online.

Gender Recognition and Lived Name Policy deadline

To promote an inclusive environment, the University of California established the Gender Recognition and Lived Name Policy so that all university-issued identification documents and displays of personal identification information will show the gender identity and lived name chosen by UC community members. Implementation of this policy must be complete by Dec. 31.


Ann Southworth Book Launch - Big Money Unleashed
Thursday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by Law Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession)

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Championing culture through musical composition

Chieh Huang

Born in Taipei, Chieh Huang grew up in the Atayal family, Taiwan’s third-largest indigenous group. The Irvine resident had taught herself English but worried about the impending extinction of the Atayal language: There are an estimated 90,000 speakers, and younger generations lack proficiency in it. Now Huang, pursuing a Ph.D. in integrated composition, improvisation and technology in UCI’s Department of Music, has found a way to unite her twin passions of language and music. Her dissertation seeks to elevate the Atayal language by transferring its unique aspects into music. Her hope is that her music will embody Atayal culture. “We cannot speak the language,” Huang says, “but we [have] it as a new art form in music.”

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The Toll of Climate Disasters Is Rising. But a U.S. Report Has Good News, Too.

The New York Times, Nov. 14
Cited: Steven J. Davis, professor of Earth system science

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Researchers testing out drug for Alzheimer's prevention

Scripps News, Nov. 13
Cited: Joshua Grill, professor of neurobiology and behavior

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Keramet Reiter helps build in-prison education programs in California

ABA Journal, Nov. 9
Cited: Keramet Reiter, professor of criminology, law and society

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