Nov. 15, 2023
UCI Digest
Women’s soccer coach Scott Juniper talks to his players
Women’s soccer coach Scott Juniper talks to his players, who have defeated top-ranked NCAA tournament rivals three years in a row, including No. 2 UCLA last Friday. Scroll down to find out how the Anteaters excel at big game upsets. (Photo: Matt Brown/UCI Athletics)


Lifestyle coaching curtails cognitive decline, study says

Personalized coaching focused on diet, exercise, sleep, stress management and other lifestyle factors decreases cognitive decline in people with early Alzheimer’s, a new study says. Lifestyle coaching “is far more affordable, has no adverse effects, plus has an effect as big as, and potentially larger than, that reported with the most recent FDA-approved treatments for Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. William Shankle, an expert in neurodegenerative disorders at UCI.

Why UCI women’s soccer is so good at tournament upsets

UC Irvine’s Alyssa Moore celebrates after scoring
On the heels of the team’s third straight year of knocking off top-seeded NCAA tournament rivals, the Los Angeles Times explores why, no matter “how good you are or how high a seed you have, if you have to go through Irvine, you’re not getting to the second round.” One factor is a dash of revenge. As the Times notes, many of the women on UCI’s roster are players that USC, UCLA and other big schools didn’t want — or who transferred from top programs that gave them little playing time. But the chief reason for UCI’s success, the paper suggests, is that the team “digs a little deeper [and] plays a little grittier on the biggest stage.” On Friday, the unranked Anteaters face No. 8 Gonzaga in Round 2 of the tournament. (The Times story is available paywall-free on Yahoo.)

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UC tackles Gaza free speech and related issues

At today’s regents meeting in Los Angeles, UC President Michael V. Drake outlined various steps to address issues related to the Israel-Hamas war and its spillover effects on UC campuses. The initiatives include a new Systemwide Office of Civil Rights to provide guidance and support on protecting civil rights at all 10 campuses; funding for emergency mental health resources for students, faculty and staff struggling with recent events or with the climate on their campus; and setting up educational programs at each campus to improve public discourse on this issue. The latter entails programs on how to recognize and combat extremism, better understand anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, and establish a viewpoint-neutral history of the Middle East. “Today we are doubling down on who we are: an educational institution that’s guided by facts and data, but also a moral compass that helps us find our way to compassion and understanding in difficult moments,” Drake said.


Centering California in the History of Race and the Law
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Watch Peter the Anteater get a flu shot

Screenshot of Peter the Anteater getting a flu shot

UCI’s famous mascot rolls up his sleeve at the pop-up vaccine clinic for students that operates Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Dec. 6.

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The Bodily Indignities of the Space Life

The New York Times Magazine, Nov. 12
Cited: Ronke Olabisi, associate professor of biomedical engineering

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Opinion: These AI toys want to play with your kids. Should you let them?

The Washington Post, Nov. 15
Cited: UCI researchers

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Drug arrests plunge, overdose deaths soar: Connection or coincidence?

The Orange County Register, Nov. 9
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor, epidemiologist and demographer

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