Feb. 29, 2024
Student sorting through card catalogue at UCI’s library in the 1980s.
Anteater Time Machine: In the late 1980s, as UCI’s library was transitioning to an online catalog, students could still look up books via card catalog. The old system officially closed in 1993.


UCI museum explores faith and California landscape art

Michaela Mohrmann
The role of God in paintings of nature is the subject of a new exhibition – “Spiritual Geographies: Religion and Landscape Art in California, 1890-1930” – at UCI’s Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art. Opening Saturday and continuing through June 8, the show explores how Sierra Club co-founder John Muir, Protestant ministers, theosophists and various painters used landscape images to transmit theological ideas. Although the works contain no overt sacred symbols, curator Michaela Mohrmann (above) says religion provided a crucial motivation for many painters, including legendary plein air master William Wendt, whose title for 1938’s “Gentle Evening Bendeth” (below) was inspired by an 1800s hymn.
“Gentle Evening Bendeth” by William Wendt

UCI Podcast: Understanding the new FAFSA form

UCI Podcast episode: Understanding the simplified FAFSA
In the latest episode of the UCI Podcast, director of financial aid and scholarships Becki Sanchez and senior associate director, Crystal Madaule, explain the changes found in the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid form.

Recognizing cancer prevention professionals

Left to right: Drs. Alexandre Chan, Shawn Griffin and Mahtab Jafari
February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences marked the occasion by recognizing three healthcare professionals and researchers for making important strides in cancer prevention studies and practices. Drs. Alexandre Chan, Shawn Griffin and Mahtab Jafari are among the many school faculty members who are advancing the field of cancer research and working with patients to minimize their risk for cancer, as well as to prevent further health issues in people who now have or survived cancer.

National Employee Appreciation Day

Friday is National Employee Appreciation Day. Recognizing co-workers on this day doesn’t need to be overly complicated or involve any cost. Simple but sincere gestures go a long way in making people feel valued. Explore a list of creative ways to celebrate.

Happy Leap Day!

The UCI Digest team wishes everyone a happy Leap Day. We debated a humorous item to mark the occasion, but nothing immediately sprang to mind. See you in four years!


Music Faculty Artist Series featuring Lorna Griffitt

Music Faculty Artist Series: Lorna Griffitt, piano
Saturday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

14th Annual Creative Edge Lecture: Nina Simon
Tuesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Irvine Barclay Theatre)

UCI Symphony Orchestra
March 7, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Irvine Barclay Theatre)

For more events, visit UCI Today.


UCI center gets funds to combat hate and extremism

Students photographed in front of wall art that reads Stop AAPI hate

UCI’s newly launched Center for Racial Justice received a $684,000 grant to support student-focused programs aimed at reducing hate and extremism. As the campus hub for such award-winning projects as the Center for Truth & Racial Healing and the Deconstructing Diversity Initiative, the center uses a community-based, intergenerational approach to social justice. The funding will support program operations for two years and enable expanded lessons on using multimedia to combat hate and extremism.

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‘All of Us’ genetics chart stirs unease over controversial depiction of race

Nature, Feb. 23
Cited: Nicole Iturriaga, assistant professor of criminology, law and society

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The truth about illegal immigration and crime

The Washington Post, Feb. 29
Cited: Charis Kubrin, professor of criminology, law and society

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California's coveted coastal cliffs eroding in atmospheric rivers

Reuters, Feb. 29
Cited: Kathleen Treseder, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology

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