Jan. 18, 2024
UCI Digest
A breakdancer demonstrates his technique at the University Center in 1984.
Anteater Time Machine: In 1984, a breakdancer demonstrates his technique at what was then called the University Center (later expanded and renamed the Student Center). The area included a quiet lounge known as the Z-Z-Z Club, the Sidepocket recreation room, the Backlot restaurant and bar, outdoor patios, an ice cream parlor and the Sound Connection, where students could listen to music.


Korean law school partners with UCI Law

Dean Hwang Lee of Korea University School of Law (pictured middle) visited UCI Law and met with UCI Law Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law Austen Parrish (left) and Prof. Summer Kim, Faculty Director of the Korea Law Center (right).
UCI Law and Korea University School of Law announced several new collaborative initiatives following a recent visit to UCI by Korea University law dean Hwang Lee. Among them: a scholarship program to support Korea University students seeking to earn an LL.M. degree at UCI, faculty research initiatives that will build on the existing Shuttle Symposium hosted by both schools, and the launch of an externship program that enables UCI Law students to spend their first-year summer in South Korea and Korean students to spend their winter in Southern California. During the dean’s visit, Lee (above, center) met with UCI Law Dean Austen Parrish (left); Professor Sung Eun “Summer” Kim (right), director of UCI Law’s Korea Law Center; and others.

Stroke patients team with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Recovering stroke patients from the UCI Health SeniorHealth Center participate in a music-focused rehabilitation workshop called Strokestra.
Recovering stroke patients from UCI Health’s Senior Health Center will participate in a music-focused rehabilitation workshop called Strokestra, led by the London-based Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and UCI clinicians. The session will take place Friday, during RPO’s one-week residency with the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Created by the Royal Philharmonic in 2014, Strokestra harnesses the power of creative group music making to assist recovery in stroke survivors. Music students and faculty from UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts are being mentored by Royal Philharmonic performers, culminating in the Friday workshop with UCI Health patients and their caregivers. Patients will play simple instruments, improvising and creating music alongside Royal Philharmonic musicians and UCI music students to support healing.
Correction: In Tuesday’s digest, an incorrect telephone number was provided for UCI’s Office of Information and Technology. The correct number is (949) 824-2222.


UC retirement service debuts free counseling

With the launch of its new program, Retirement Counseling and Advisory Services, the UC Retirement Administration Service now has a dedicated team of accredited financial professionals available for personalized retirement counseling appointments. The program’s goal is to help members of the UC Retirement Plan make informed decisions about retirement. It also offers a new online portal, rasc.universityofcalifornia.edu, and includes a self-scheduling option along with retirement resources.


Martin Luther King Jr. Teach-in
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. (sponsored by School of Law)

Trio Barclay: Ravel's Piano Trio
Sunday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by Irvine Barclay Theatre)

New Year Resolution & Bento Box: Cooking Class
Monday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative)

For more events, visit UCI Today.


UCI Libraries receives diversity award

Image of Science Library at night with a badge that reads Library Excellence in Access and Diversity award

UCI Libraries received the 2024 Library Excellence in Access and Diversity Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The award honors academic library programs and initiatives that encourage diversity, equity and inclusion across their campuses. The magazine will feature award recipients in its March issue.

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Electric Car Owners Confront a Harsh Foe: Cold Weather

The New York Times, Jan. 17
Cited: Jack Brouwer, director of Clean Energy Institute and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering

Financial Times logo

China’s population decline accelerates as economy reaches low growth target

Financial Times, Jan. 17
Cited: Wang Feng, professor of sociology

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They flocked to build China's cities. Now builders are aging with little retirement

NPR, Jan. 18
Cited: Dorothy Solinger, professor emeritus of political science

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