Jan. 25, 2024
UCI Digest
Anteater Time Machine: In 1969, students perform in “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” a play directed by founding professor of drama Robert Cohen.
Anteater Time Machine: In 1969, students perform in “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” a play directed by founding professor of drama Robert Cohen.


Study links biomarkers to chemo side effects

Alexandre Chan, chair and professor of clinical pharmacy
A study co-authored by Alexandre Chan, chair and professor of clinical pharmacy practice, links nausea, vomiting and appetite loss from chemotherapy in breast cancer patients to higher blood levels of omega-3 and the inflammatory biomarker interleukin-8. These predictors may offer new targets for pre-chemo therapies to prevent or reduce gastrointestinal symptoms.

Researching state violence in India energy projects

View of a power plant in Maharashtra, India.
Police shooting at villagers who were protesting a power plant on Indian wetlands. A Buddhist monk killed while resisting construction of a hydroelectric dam. These incidents are among the tensions over coal and hydropower projects being studied by Mukul Kumar, an assistant professor of urban planning and public policy. He recently published an article analyzing how such projects are predicated upon state-sanctioned violence to facilitate land acquisition. It’s timely research. Despite India pledging net-zero carbon emissions by 2070, the country is transitioning toward increased coal production.


UCI among top 2 UC schools for enrolling Californians

UC campuses enrolled a record number of California undergraduates in fall 2023, according to a recent Los Angeles Times article. UCI and UC Santa Cruz saw the biggest overall growth of in-state students, each adding more than 500 students to their first-year classes. UCI also significantly increased its in-state undergraduate enrollment, adding 844 students over the previous fall.

Correction: In the UC News section of Monday’s Digest, former professor Gloria Mark’s department affiliation was listed incorrectly. She is an emerita professor of informatics.


Battle of the Deans: Trivia Night

Battle of the Deans: Trivia Night
Monday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Alumni Association)

UCI Music Faculty Arts Series: Hossein Omoumi
Saturday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

Smokey & Me: A Celebration of Smokey Robinson
Sunday, 7 p.m. (sponsored by Irvine Barclay Theatre)

For more events, visit UCI Today.


School of Medicine wins blindness prevention grant

Vladimir Kefalov, a professor of ophthalmology and physiology & biophysics

The School of Medicine received an unrestricted grant from the nonprofit Research to Prevent Blindness. The five-year, $575,000 award will support eye research by the Department of Ophthalmology. “This grant will support our efforts to cure all forms of inherited retinal blindness, as well as further develop new treatments for all diseases that threaten vision,” says Vladimir Kefalov (above), a professor of ophthalmology and physiology & biophysics.

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Immigration emerges as key 2024 election wedge issue for Trump, vulnerability for Biden

ABC News, Jan. 25
Cited: Louis DeSipio, professor of political science and Chicano-Latino studies

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Raped, pregnant and in an abortion ban state? Researchers gauge how often it happens

NPR, Jan. 24
Cited: Dr. Rachel Perry, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology

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Voices of Student Success: Supporting Belonging and Campus Engagement of Latino Students

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 19 (podcast)
Guest: adelí Durón, director of Latinx Resource Center

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