Dec. 11, 2023
UCI Digest
The Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway building’s dichroic glass facade reflects a cloud-pocked sky.
The Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway building’s dichroic glass facade reflects a cloud-pocked sky. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


UCI scientists make stem cell discovery

Ivan Marazzi, a professor of biological chemistry, and other UCI researchers discovered a mechanism that controls the identity of stem cells. When this mechanism fails, embryonic stem cells revert back in time and differentiate into hundreds of cell types, which go on to form every part of our body. The ability to change the identity of stem cells enables researchers to delve into the fundamental aspect of development, specifically what happens when two cells meet and give rise to an embryo. The study was published in Molecular Cell.

‘Peter the Lo-Fi Anteater’ stars in finals week video

Animated Peter the Anteater
The Division of Student Affairs hopes this animation of “Peter, the Lo-fi Anteater,” which is set to a relaxing music mix, will help everyone during finals week.

Free holiday shuttle service

UCI Transportation is offering free holiday shuttle service between the main campus and John Wayne Airport or the Irvine Transportation Center (Metrolink/Amtrak station). Space is limited, so reservations are required. For questions, email


Healthy Meal Prep
Wednesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute)

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Chancellor joins students for menorah lighting 

Chancellor Howard Gillman joined UCI students at menorah-lighting ceremony.
Chancellor Howard Gillman (at left near the stepladder) joined UCI students on Thursday for a menorah-lighting ceremony to celebrate the first day of Hanukkah. The event was hosted by Chabad at UCI and featured music, latkes and dreidels.
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OC’s Black Business Leaders Have an Outsized Impact 

Orange County Business Journal, Dec. 11
Cited: Ian Williamson, dean of Merage School of Business

The Atlantic logo

How to Keep Time: Look Busy

The Atlantic, Dec. 11
Cited: Melissa Mazmanian, Chancellor’s Fellow and professor of informatics

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How many inmates return to prison? Inconsistent reporting makes it hard to tell.

Stateline, Dec. 11
Cited: Charis Kubrin, professor of criminology, law and society 

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