Jan. 4, 2024
UCI Digest
Image from 1989 shows a rainbow over construction of Reines Hall.
Anteater Time Machine: Circa 1989, a rainbow frames construction of Reines Hall.


Welcome back!

Happy New Year, Anteaters, and welcome back from the winter break. Beginning with this issue, the UCI Digest will be published three days a week – on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. And events will run on Thursdays only, under the heading “Save the Date,” to highlight general-interest programs happening the following week. You’ll see a few other changes too as we continue to bring you a roundup of essential campus, UCI Health and UC announcements, plus UCI news of wide interest.

Why hydrogen power is needed

Why We Need Hydrogen video
In the short video above, UCI Clean Energy Institute Director Jack Brouwer explains why we need hydrogen power to meet zero emission goals. In the video below, Brouwer addresses controversies about hydrogen energy.
Why Hydrogen is Controversial video


Delta Dental/MOVEit data breach hits UC community

UC officials recently learned that between May 27 and May 30, 2023, UC dental insurance carrier Delta Dental of California and affiliates experienced a data breach in their MOVEit file-transfer software program. Delta Dental was one of thousands of organizations impacted by a global data security incident involving a previously unknown vulnerability in the widely used MOVEit software. The breach affected corporations, government agencies, insurance providers, financial institutions, state education systems and other entities, along with more than 6.9 million people, including approximately 190,000 UC employees, retirees and dependents.


A Conversation with Anne Lamott

A Conversation with Anne Lamott
Jan. 11, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative)

Anteaters for Recovery
Monday, 3:30 p.m. (sponsored by Center For Student Wellness & Health Promotion)

Mindful Mondays
Monday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Center For Student Wellness & Health Promotion)

Welcome Back Taco Mixer
Tuesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by ANTrepreneur Center)

Tai-Chi Beginners Class
Wednesday, 8 a.m. (sponsored by Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute)

Wellness Wednesdays: Pilates on the Patio
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by ANTrepreneur Center)

For more events, visit UCI Today.


UCOP funds study of HIV and racism

Image of Sean Arayasirikul next to image off hand holding red ribbon

The UC Office of the President’s California HIV/AIDS Research Program has awarded Sean Arayasirikul, an associate professor of public health at UCI, a grant to support research into how geographies and social spaces – as well as the histories, policies and practices embedded therein – are racialized, and how this impacts vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. Arayasirikul hopes to understand how structural racism is enacted through social spaces, driving structural vulnerability among sexual and gender minoritized people of color to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. “Our focus will be to measure geographic and spatial determinants of structural racism as well as account for other structural oppressions, specifically structural homophobia, cissexism and transmisia, sexism, xenophobia, and their intersections,” Arayasirikul said.

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Heavy surf pounds the Southern California coast, prompting warnings and shutting down piers

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 30
Cited: Brett Sanders, professor of civil and environmental engineering

The Wall Street Journal logo

China Is Pressing Women to Have More Babies. Many Are Saying No.

The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 2
Cited: Wang Feng, professor of sociology

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How art is used against artists, like Young Thug, in court

The Economist, Jan. 2
Cited: Jack Lerner, clinical professor of law

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