Nov. 20, 2023
UCI Digest
Rainwater splashes down from mobile food pantry van.
UCI’s Basic Needs Center unveiled its new mobile food pantry, a 22-foot-long customized delivery van, on Wednesday. Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the center staff. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


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Building homes for a sustainable world

An image of rebirth inspired students from UCI and Orange Coast College to design and build a home named LuminOCity to enter into the Orange County Sustainability Decathlon last month. The house received second place overall, among many other awards, including first place in market potential and engineering and construction. The roof of their home reaches up like the wings of a butterfly and enables residents to enjoy high ceilings, more solar panels and rainwater collection for recycling. The UCI-OCC team plans to donate the home to Homeless Intervention Services of Orange County, which has been helping homeless families and at-risk youth to rebuild their lives.

UCI professors honored for highly cited research 

12 UCI faculty researchers
Thirteen UCI faculty members have qualified for Clarivate’s 2023 list of the most influential researchers – as “demonstrated by the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year.” They are (from left to right, top row) Amir AghaKouchak of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; James S. Bullock, dean of the School of Physical Sciences; Steven J. Davis and Candice Odgers of the Department of Psychological Science; (second row) Greg J. Duncan, School of Education; and Susan M. O’Brien, Department of Medicine; James T. Randerson of the Department of Earth System Science; Sai-Hong Ignatius Ou and Nosratola D. Vaziri of the Department of Medicine; (third row) Xiaoqing Pan of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Vojislav R. Stamenkovic, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Julian F. Thayer, Department of Psychological Science; and Huolin Xin, Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Counseling Center holiday hours

The UCI Counseling Center will offer virtual services on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The counseling center will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday. It will resume normal operations at 8 a.m. Monday. If you need crisis or emergency assistance after hours, call 949-824-6457 and select option 2, or dial the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.


Wednesday Wellness Walks
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Humanities makes lasting community impact

Hand holding a postcard that reads Greetings from Orange County, California
For over two decades, UCI's Humanities Out There Public and Higher Education Fellows Program has enabled graduate students to make a tangible impact beyond lecture halls and academic journals. This summer, 17 students participated, including Dante Alvin Garcia, who worked on the Graffiti Arts Program with the Santa Ana Unified School District Arts Department. He created learning content and promotional materials that challenged negative stereotypes about Santa Ana. Another participant, Patrick McBurnie-Nicolay, spent the summer working with curators at OC Parks to create a virtual tour of the historic home of Helena Modjeska, a renowned Shakespearean actress from the 19th century.
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New college grads are more likely to be unemployed in today’s job market

The Washington Post, Nov. 19 

Cited:  Suzanne Helbig, associate vice provost, Division of Career Pathways

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Neighborhoods get little guidance about toxic risks after massive Tustin hangar fire

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 19
Cited: Michael Kleinman, adjunct professor of environmental and occupational health

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Are electric bikes allowed at your college in California? Depends on where you go to school

CalMatters, Nov. 20
Cited: Erika Rule, sustainable transportation programs manager

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