Nov. 21, 2023
UCI Digest
Fallen petals outline the paving along Arroyo Vista. (Photo: Ian Parker)
Fallen petals outline the paving along Arroyo Vista. (Photo: Ian Parker)


UCI leads Cal-Bridge schools for diversity efforts

UCI leads Cal-Bridge schools for diversity efforts
A new study in the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering reports that UCI’s School of Physical Sciences is tops among seven Cal-Bridge universities when it comes to diverse, equitable and inclusive environment efforts. The paper cites the Department of Physics & Astronomy’s Cal-Bridge program, which works to create a path for underrepresented minority students from California state universities to matriculate into Ph.D.-granting institutions such as UCI.

UCI-led study discovers new brain hemorrhage cause

A first-of-its-kind study led by UCI revealed a new culprit in the formation of brain hemorrhages, one that doesn’t involve injury to the blood vessels, as previously believed. Researchers discovered that interactions between aged red blood cells and brain capillaries can lead to cerebral microbleeds, offering deeper insights into how they occur and identifying potential new therapeutic targets for treatment and prevention. The findings, published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation, describe how the team was able to watch the process by which red blood cells stall in the brain capillaries and how the hemorrhage happens. Cerebral microbleeds are associated with a variety of conditions that occur at higher rates in older adults, including hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease and ischemic stroke.


Free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests now available

Every household in the U.S. is now eligible to order an additional four free at-⁠home tests. If you didn’t order tests earlier this fall, you may place up to two orders for a total of eight tests.


Strokes of determination

Jack Stevens, a junior utility and business economics major, is one of the leading scorers on UCI men’s water polo team. Last season, he tallied 24 goals, seven steals and led the team with a 63-17 record in sprint wins. The outstanding athlete was included in the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-Academic team, the Golden Coast Conference All-Academic team and UCI’s Dean’s Honor List for the winter quarter. He’s also a volunteer who in high school participated in the Best Buddies program, a student-led organization which facilitates friendships between students with and without disabilities, and he serves on the junior board of directors of Lightz of Hope, a nonprofit that gives Bluetooth speakers to children with disabilities or illness.

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Solar Panels Will Cut Water Loss From Canals in Gila River Indian Community

Associated Press, Nov. 20
Cited: Heather Tanana, visiting professor of law

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Netflix canceled their favorite show. They mounted a global campaign to save it.

Business Insider, Nov. 21
Cited: Jonathan Alexander, professor of English and informatics

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Career Prep Tip: Teach Students to Work Alongside AI

Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 21
Cited: Suzanne Helbig, associate vice provost, Division of Career Pathways

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