Dec. 4, 2023
UCI Digest
Eucalyptus branches blown from trees by the Santa Ana winds camouflage a bicycle on campus.
Eucalyptus branches blown from trees by the Santa Ana winds camouflage a bicycle on campus. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Study says prison deaths rose 77% during pandemic

From left to right: Naomi Sugie, Keramet Reiter, and Kristin Turney
UCI researchers found that prison deaths nationwide increased 77%, or 3.4 times the general population mortality increase, in 2020 as COVID-19 spread across the world. The study, “Excess mortality in U.S. prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic,” was published recently in Science Advances by (from left, above) Naomi Sugie, associate professor of criminology, law and society; Keramet Reiter, professor of criminology, law and society; and Kristin Turney, professor of sociology. Also involved in the study were UCI graduate students Rebecca Tublitz, Daniela Kaiser, Rebecca Goodsell and Erin Secrist.

Continuing ed program aims to transform public health

Image of person wearing lab coat pointing to charts on a screen.
UCI’s Division of Continuing Education is launching an online specialized studies program to enhance the quality and cost effectiveness of public health. In collaboration with the Program in Public Health, Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences and the Institute of Clinical & Translational Science, this program is tailored for people aspiring to pursue or advance their careers in the healthcare, public health, and information and digital technology sectors. Participants will graduate from the program equipped with the analytical skills needed to translate data into meaningful insights, supporting evidence-based decision-making.


New York Times plugs UC free speech podcast

Photo of SpeechMatters highlight in New York Times
SpeechMatters, the podcast of the University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement, was highlighted on page 2 of Sunday’s Opinion section in The New York Times. The podcast features thought leaders tackling issues affecting free expression and democracy on campus and beyond and is hosted by Michelle Deutchman, the center’s executive director.


UCI Guitar Ensemble
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

A Practical Guide to Understanding and Engaging in ESG
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

Immune-Boosting Recipes
Wednesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute)

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Professor's latest book racks up honors

Hector Tobar

It’s been a big year for Héctor Tobar, UCI professor of Chicano/Latino studies and literary journalism, thanks to his most recent book, Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of “Latino.” Time magazine’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2023 calls the work a “valiant effort” for capturing the “myriad of experiences, identities, and histories” of what it means to be Latino. The New York Times names the title among both its 10 Best California Books and 100 Notable Books of 2023. Last month, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author won the Kirkus Prize for the book and, in April, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to support The Los Angeles Novellas, a series of short fiction works about the history and future of the metropolis.

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Tips for making your home more fire-resilient

ABC News – Good Morning America, Nov. 30
Cited: Tirtha Banerjee, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering

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S.F.’s crackdown on car break-ins has led to a staggering trend in the data. Will it last?

San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 4
Cited: Charis Kubrin, professor of criminology, law and society

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It’s been the year of the worker. West Hollywood employers are so over it

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 4
Cited: David Neumark, Distinguished Professor of economics 

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