March 18, 2024
UCI’s women basketball team celebrates its Big West Championship win over UC Davis on Saturday
UCI’s women basketball team celebrates its Big West Championship win over UC Davis on Saturday. Scroll down for story. (Photo: Robert Huskey/UCI Athletics)


Anteater women to play Gonzaga in NCAA first round

women's basketball team cheer at selection Sunday
UCI women's basketball (23-8) earned a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will travel to Spokane, Washington, to face fourth-seeded Gonzaga University in the first round. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The game comes on the heels of a March 16 match in which UCI defeated UC Davis, 53-39, to win the second Big West Championship in program history, and first in 29 years. This will be UCI’s third straight national tournament bid and its first NCAA trip since 1995, when it lost to Stanford in the first round. The 'Eaters made the Women's National Invitation Tournament in each of the last two seasons, advancing to the second round in 2023.
women's basketball team celebrate Saturday win
women's basketball player cuts down net

Study suggests sea level rise severity is underestimated

Petermann Glacier drains about 4 percent of the Greenland Ice Sheet as it moves inexorably toward the Arctic Ocean. Photo by Eric Rignot/UCI
Researchers at UCI and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory conducted the first large-scale observation and modeling study of northwest Greenland’s Petermann Glacier (above). Their findings reveal the intrusion of warm ocean water beneath the ice is the culprit in the accelerated melting the glacier has experienced since the turn of the century, and their computer predictions indicate that resulting potential sea level rise will be much worse than previously estimated.

Pet therapy dog Henry retires from UCI Health

Henry, an 11-year-old golden retriever therapy dog
UCI Health celebrated the remarkable career of Henry, an 11-year-old golden retriever therapy dog (above, looking adorable), and his handler, Steve Booth, during a retirement ceremony in the Healing Garden at UCI Medical Center in Orange. Henry, a retired O.C. Sheriff’s Department K9, peer support, crisis response and Cal Fire K9, has more than 830 patient visits under his collar. His canine contributions provided comfort not just at UCI Medical Center, but at schools and various crisis sites in Southern California. At UCI Health, Henry and Steve completed 63 service hours, touching the lives of countless patients and co-workers.


UC renews partnership with Uber

Among other benefits, Uber offers all UC members priority pickup during peak demand times and in areas such as airports and conventions. Click on Uber’s registration link to get started.


Alumna’s novel selected for Oprah’s Book Club

Oprah Winfrey has selected The Many Lives of Mama Love by Lara Love Hardin, M.F.A. ’91, for her book club. Hardin was a four-time New York Times bestselling writer before her current book hit the newspaper’s list. And this is her second Oprah’s Book Club pick. The first was 2018’s The Sun Does Shine, which she co-authored with Anthony Ray Hinton about his 30 years as an innocent man on Alabama’s death row.

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Uber and Lyft threaten to halt operations in Minneapolis over minimum wage law

NPR, March 15
Cited: Veena Dubal, professor of law

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Diaba Konaté loves France. But a hijab ruling stops her playing there

The Guardian, March 15
Cited: Diaba Konaté, sociology major and women’s basketball player

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Algorithmic homogeny – why everything looks and feels the same

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, March 16
Cited: Gloria Mark, emerita professor of informatics

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