March 5, 2024
Students chat on Ring Road. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)
Students chat on Ring Road. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


UCI Podcast: Bridget R. Cooks takes us inside the Met

UCI Podcast: Bridget R. Cooks takes us inside the Met
Bridget R. Cooks, a professor and Chancellor’s Fellow of art history, has done lots in the art world, transitioning from a young artist to a dedicated art historian. A decade after the 2013 publication of her first book, Exhibiting Blackness: African Americans and the American Art Museum, she was invited to participate on the advisory committee for a six-month show at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art titled “The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism.” In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Cooks explains the Harlem Renaissance and how time spent at a museum can benefit everyone.

$15 million grant for integrative movement research

Monica Daley, a professor of ecology & evolutionary biology in the School of Biological Sciences
The National Science Foundation has granted $15 million to UCI’s Integrative Movement Sciences Institute. This six-year funding will support research led by Monica Daley (above), a professor of ecology & evolutionary biology in the School of Biological Sciences. The research aims to understand the intricate mechanics of muscle control during rapid, unsteady movements in complex environments. Muscle function plays a crucial role in the agility and performance of movement in animals, including humans.

Newsweek names UCIMC a top US hospital

UCI Medical Center was named one of America’s top 100 hospitals in Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals 2024 rankings, which surveys medical institutions in 30 countries. UCIMC was also honored for infection prevention. “It is immensely gratifying to see UCI Health recognized,” said UCI Health President and CEO Chad T. Lefteris. “This distinction is yet another testament to the relentless effort, compassion and unwavering commitment we provide to our patients and community.”

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Reminder: If you’re reading this before 8 p.m. tonight and haven’t yet voted, it’s not too late. UCI has two locations to cast your ballot in person until 8 p.m.

In addition, UCI’s official Orange County ballot drop box is on the corner of Campus Drive and West Peltason, near the kiosk at the entrance to parking lot 5. It will cease accepting ballots at 8 p.m.


Lincoln Project veteran joins UCI as fellow

Mike Madrid, a co-founder of the Lincoln Project, will serve as a School of Social Ecology senior fellow this spring and fall, bringing a state and national perspective to the school’s “Red County, Blue County, Orange County” project. Madrid, who is no longer affiliated with the Lincoln Project, is a veteran political consultant and an expert on Latino voters. He is a partner in GrassrootsLab, a political consulting firm in California, and is the author of a forthcoming book The Latino Century: How America’s Largest Minority is Shaping Democracy. His experience as a senior adviser to the campaigns of both Democrats and Republicans will provide a rare perspective to UCI students in today’s polarized political climate.

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Preventing Dementia and Alzheimer’s: 8 Habits to Reduce Your Risk

U.S. News & World Report, March 5
Cited: Dr. Seyed A. Sajjadi, UCI Health neurologist

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Guiding Light

Hana Hou!, February-March
Cited: Mark Baldwin, lecturer in informatics

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This Is What Your Brain Does When You’re Not Doing Anything

Wired (Quanta), March 3
Cited: Nora Bradford, graduate student in cognitive sciences

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