March 14, 2024
Screenshot from Rock’n Roll Sports Classic video featuring Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie
Anteater Time Machine: Michael Jackson swimming. Rod Stewart jumping hurdles. It’s 1978 and UCI is hosting “Rock’n Roll Sports Classic,” a spinoff of ABC’s “Battle of the Network Stars.” The show features Kenny Loggins, Gladys Knight, Boston, the Commodores, Tanya Tucker and other musicians competing in athletic events on campus as assorted ’70s celebrities look on. (Hat tip to alumnus Les McCabe for telling us about the show.)


A match made in medicine

(from left) Nicole Finney, Rana Andary and Leonardo Alaniz
On Friday, aka Match Day, a festive ceremony that will be held simultaneously at all U.S. medical schools, 105 future physicians from UCI will find out where they’ve been “matched” to serve their residency for the next three to seven years. Read about the journeys so far of three of those students, (from left) Nicole Finney, Rana Andary and Leonardo Alaniz.

Car brakes spew particles with 'unknown' health effects

Lead study authors Paulus Bauer (left) and  Adam Thomas (right)
Hitting the brakes can be harmful to your health, according to research by UCI scientists, including Paulus Bauer and Adam Thomas (above), who found that the particles released as vehicles brake may be more damaging than those coming out of exhaust pipes. According to the study, 35% to 55% of these particles become airborne, and they can be breathed in by people or absorbed into soil or aquatic environments.

Staff survey underway

The spring 2024 Staff Experience Survey has been emailed to a random sampling of employees who have worked for UCI at least six months. The survey, sent by UCI partner Gallup, takes only a few minutes to complete, and the input will be used to improve the staff experience at UCI. Contact Monica Shaffer with any questions.

What to know about pi on Pi Day

Illustration of Peter the Anteater holding a pie with Pi symbol on it
Pi Day occurs March 14 because the date is written as 3/14 (the first three digits in pi) in the United States. If you're really serious, celebrate the occasion at 1:59 a.m. or p.m. to include the first six numbers of pi, 3.14159. March 14 is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. Read on for more fun facts about pi.


UC has sent more women to space than any school

former UCI postdoc Tracy Caldwell Dyson
Of the 92 women who’ve traveled to space, 13 studied or taught at a UC campus, including former UCI postdoc Tracy Caldwell Dyson (above), who is scheduled to make her third trip later this month, joining three Russians and a Belarusian on a Soyuz ride to the International Space Station.


people playing instruments on stage

UCI Chamber Music Concert
Monday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
March 21, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Irvine Barclay Theatre)

For more events, visit UCI Today.


Science prof’s work helps his Cameroon birthplace

Mody Ayompe Lacour

When Mody Ayompe Lacour was 6, he took batteries, a bulb and cables, and assembled a flashlight that illuminated the room and stupefied the siblings watching his experiment. That event sparked a lifelong fascination with science for Lacour, who left his native Cameroon in 2006 for Ireland, where he received a Ph.D. in civil and structural engineering. In 2019, he came to UCI after meeting fellow Cameroonian Benis Egoh, a professor of Earth system science. These days, Lacour works to make Cameroon’s and sub-Saharan Africa’s palm oil trade — an industry that leads to deforestation and environmental degradation — more sustainable.

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Activating These 7 Sinus Pressure Points Gets Rid of Pain Quickly and Naturally, Docs Say

Woman’s World, March 12
Cited: Dr. Hamid Djalilian, professor of otolaryngology

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OCTA proposes half-mile wall, rocks to protect train line in San Clemente — for $200 million

The Orange County Register, March 12
Cited: Brett Sanders, professor of civil and environmental engineering

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Here's how the spine industry can become more diverse

Becker’s Spine Review, March 14
Cited: Dr. Hao-Hua Wu, UCI Health orthopedic surgeon

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