Nov. 29, 2023
UCI Digest
Zot Bots take over Ring Road
Zot Bots take over Ring Road. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


UCI research uncovers battery-like roles of mitochondria

Peter Burke, UCI professor of electrical engineering and computer science
Using new super-resolution microscopes, UCI and University of Pennsylvania researchers have for the first time observed electrical charge and discharge functions inside mitochondria isolated from cells. While many past research projects have studied the physical characteristics of mitochondria within living cells, the UCI-led project is the first to use super-resolution microscopes to study live, extracellular mitochondria. By observing changes in the mitochondrial membranes under different metabolic states this way, researchers were able to witness the electrophysiological functioning of these living organelles. The team’s results, co-authored by Peter Burke (above), a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, were published in the journal ACS Nano.

OC chef finds hope in UCI stem cell treatment 

After being diagnosed with a rare and aggressive blood cancer and relapsing following chemotherapy, a well-known Orange County chef who ran Café Jardin Restaurant & Pascal’s Tea Garden Creperie at Sherman Gardens & Library in Corona del Mar found hope thanks to a donation from his daughter in France and the help of his medical team at UCI Health. Saving Pascal Olhats from T-cell lymphoma were stem cells from his daughter, which were flown overnight to UCI’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only Orange County location where Olhats could find the bone marrow transplant program he needed. The center is expanding treatment options for cancers of the blood or lymph systems with the launch of Orange County's first adult bone marrow transplant program.


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Korematsu Center to join UCI Law

Robert S. Chang

The Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and its executive director, Robert S. Chang, professor of law (above), will be joining the UCI School of Law, starting July 1. Chang founded the center – named for pioneering civil rights hero Fred T. Korematsu – in 2009 at the Seattle University School of Law with the mission to use legal research, litigation advocacy and clinical education to achieve durable social change related to racial equity and social justice. The center’s slate of projects and initiatives challenge discrimination, help communities advocate for themselves and provide law students with real-world experiences to help them become agents for social change.

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The vision of El Niño as producer of historic California storms may be outdated

NBC News, Nov. 29
Cited: Jin-Yi Yu, professor of Earth system science

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What we can learn from the ancient art of wayfinding

BBC, Nov. 29
Cited: Liz Chrastil, associate professor of neurobiology and behavior, and Craig Stark, professor of neurobiology and behavior

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Gay Bar

The New York Times, Nov. 24
Cited: Lucas Hilderbrand, professor of media studies

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