March 25, 2024
Eastern redbud trees purple the view along Ring Road next to Engineering Hall.
Eastern redbud trees purple the view along Ring Road next to Engineering Hall. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Social scientists offer AI perspectives

Pictured top row, left to right: O'Connor, Krichmar and Steyvers; bottom row, left to right: Peters, Futrell, Boellstorff
From brain-inspired robotics and the metaverse to ethical content generation and deepfakes, UCI social scientists research artificial intelligence and its pervasiveness in everyday life. In the second installment of the School of Social Science’s Trending Topics series, six faculty members offer insight on AI’s potential and pitfalls in healthcare, technology, climate change, digital culture and more: Tom Boellstorff, professor of anthropology; Richard Futrell, associate professor of language science; Jeff Krichmar, professor of cognitive sciences; Cailin O'Connor, professor of logic and philosophy; Megan Peters, associate professor of cognitive sciences; and Mark Steyvers, Chancellor’s Fellow and professor of cognitive sciences.

Women’s History Month resources highlighted

UCI Libraries offers an extensive collection of books, films, historical archives and other resources focused on women and their experiences. Many are available to the public year-round at no cost. For research assistance, you can access a complete list of Libraries’ research guides or schedule an appointment with a research librarian. For gender and sexuality studies, contact Research Librarian for Interdisciplinary Studies Melissa Beuoy at For history topics, contact Research Librarian for Student Success and Humanities Nicole Arnold,

Retirement planning workshops

people walking by bicycles on the beach
Human Resources is offering Ready, Set, Retire workshops and monthly virtual help-desk sessions for employees seeking advice on this life transition. Employees within five years of possible retirement are encouraged to take advantage. Explore workshop dates and times for Ready, Set, Retire. And discover monthly pre-planning sessions.

Brain health boosted by exercise, social ties

A UCI Health neuropsychologist shares strategies for keeping one’s brain sharp and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.


UC cultivates California’s talent

UC schools drive progress in California, shaping doctoral education, healthcare training, public school teaching and the STEM workforce. A few quick facts:

  • 75% of California public schools have UC-educated teachers
  • 60% of California’s Ph.D.s come from UC
  • 50% of California's medical students are trained by UC
  • 50% of the state’s STEM bachelor degrees are from UC


A lifelong Anteater looks back on women’s progress

Kathy Taft

Kathy Taft played on the Anteater women's basketball team in the 1970s. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCI and spent most of her professional career working in the School of Medicine. As a student-athlete, Taft saw a big difference from her freshman to sophomore season after the passage of Title IX. The team got uniforms, shoes and more games added to its schedule, which included travel. In the latest edition of UCI Athletics’ Q&A series, Taft discussed her experience, the impact she noticed from Title IX and the progress that still needs to be made.

#UCIconnected spotlights interesting updates from the UCI community. #IamUCI spotlights profiles of students, faculty, staff and alumni. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected or #IamUCI hashtags.


The Orange County Register logo

Realtors settlement brings confusion, relief to Southern California’s real estate industry

The Orange County Register, March 17
Cited: Ed Coulson, director, Center for Real Estate

Financial Times logo

Opinion: It’s no longer the economy, stupid

Financial Times, March 21
Cited: Michael Tesler, professor of political science

Futurity logo

Birth defect discovery could advance early detection, prevention

Futurity, March 22
Cited: Anne Calof, professor of anatomy and neurobiology

Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. UCI Libraries offers free subscriptions to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.
UC Irvine's X (formerly Twitter) page
UC Irvine's Facebook page
UC Irvine's YouTube channel
UC Irvine's Instagram page
UC Irvine's LinkedIn page

The UCI Digest is a roundup of essential campus, UCI Health and UC announcements, plus UCI news and events of wide interest.

© 2024 UC Regents

Office of Strategic Communications & Public Affairs
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697

UCI News | UCI Today | UCI Digest Archive

Contact us | Manage your subscription