Feb. 12, 2024
Snow-capped San Gabriel mountains form a backdrop for the UCI Medical Center-Irvine construction site.
Snow-capped San Gabriel mountains form a backdrop for the UCI Medical Center-Irvine construction site. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Law school and Social Ecology launch joint degree program

Social Ecology building
UCI Law and the School of Social Ecology are now offering social ecology students an accelerated Bachelors/Juris Doctor degree program and scholarship funds. Under the initiative, the schools will cooperate on two programs: the School of Social Ecology Scholarship and the 3+3 Articulated Program. Qualified recipients will receive $30,000 per year at UCI Law and, if enrolled in the 3+3 Program, could earn their B.A. and J.D. degrees in six years instead of the traditional seven.
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Video: Academic freedom, part three

Introduction to Academic Freedom: Briefing on Academic Freedom - Q&A
In this video, Arvind Rajaraman, chair of the UCI Academic Senate, leads a Q&A session on academic freedom with Michelle Deutchman, executive director of the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement, and UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman.

How acupuncture really works

More than one third of Americans use alternative and integrative medicine, including homeopathy, acupuncture and herbalism. Richard Harris, a professor of anesthesiology and perioperative care, has a keen interest in Eastern medicine, specifically acupuncture, and recently shared his perspective on how acupuncture works based on his years of research and brain-imaging studies. His take: Inserting acupuncture needles activates nerve cells, which fights inflammation while sending signals into the spinal cord and the brain, thus rewiring certain brain-body circuitry.


UCI Health doctors make patient’s wish come true

Jason Fox (center) pictured with family

Jason Fox, 24 (above, center), who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, has been a lifelong fan of the Anaheim Ducks, but he’d never attended a game. So, his doctors, UCI Health internist Erin Newman and hospitalist Lucas Puttock, teamed with UCI Health social workers and others to make that happen. On Jan. 31, Fox, along with his family, got to watch the Ducks defeat the San Jose Sharks from a private suite at the Honda Center. He was also joined by his doctors.

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At This California Radio Station, the Call Letters Say It All

The New York Times, Feb. 7
Cited: Lucas Hilderbrand, professor of film & media studies

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As Nikki Haley tours California, even some of her most ardent supporters don’t see a path

Los Angeles Times, Feb. 8
Cited: Jon Gould, dean, School of Social Ecology

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At UC Irvine summit, Orange County leaders urge action against rising antisemitism and hate

The Orange County Register, Feb. 8
Cited: Jeff Kopstein, director, Center for Jewish Studies

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