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Oct. 11 - Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Native American geoscientists

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Descendants of the Gabrielino-Tongva Indian Tribe, which is believed to have occupied the area 2,000 years ago, are shown in 1963 hiking past a marker at the hub of the original 1,000-acre Irvine Company donation to UC Regents.

Honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Descendants of the Gabrielino-Tongva Indian Tribe, which is believed to have occupied the area 2,000 years ago, are shown in 1963 hiking past a marker at the hub of the original 1,000-acre Irvine Company donation to UC Regents. Today, local indigenous descendants remain valued partners to the university in advising on the responsible and sustainable transformation of the campus. Photo courtesy of UCI Libraries

A correction to the image was made in the Oct. 13 issue of UCI Digest.


Lifting up a generation of Native American geoscientists

Many people working on solutions to environmental problems on native lands do not have the scientific training or individual tribal knowledge to make the best decisions, according to Kathleen Johnson, associate professor of Earth system science. That is what spurred her to create the American Indian Summer Institute in Earth System Science, which has brought more than 130 Native American teens from across the country to UCI to learn about the science behind the environmental problems they face.

Staff Assembly offers ticket dieals to Segerstrom Center’s Broadway series

Staff Assembly's Staff Appreciation Committee is offering discounted tickets to a variety of musicals presented in November through March 2023 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Shows include: “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Nov. 9-14); “My Fair Lady” (Jan. 11-23); “Wicked” (Feb. 9-March 6); “The Band's Visit” (March 22-April 3); “Tootsie” (May 31-June 12); “Come From Away” (June 21-26); “Pretty Woman the Musical” (July 5-17); “Hadestown” (Aug. 9-21); and “Mean Girls” (March 7-19, 2023).


Fauci encourages outdoor trick-or-treating and says 'enjoy Halloween'

One Halloween after being discouraged from traditional celebrations, Americans can look forward this Oct. 31 to partaking in the spooky fun of outdoor trick-or-treating, says the nation's top infectious-disease doctor. Anthony S. Fauci’s encouragement to enjoy the scariest time of the year comes amid a decline in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, prompting hope that the summer surge fueled by the highly contagious delta variant is receding.

New clues emerge on whether vaccines help fight long COVID

Recent studies suggest vaccination helps reduce the likelihood of developing longer-term symptoms after a COVID-19 infection, and may help some people with symptoms feel better. Physicians are increasingly turning to monoclonal-antibody drugs to treat high-risk patients who get sick with the coronavirus.

Depression and anxiety climbed across globe in 2020, analysis finds

Anxiety and depression rates climbed globally by more than 25% in 2020, a devastating ripple effect of the pandemic that has particularly affected women and young people, according to a study published Friday in the Lancet. Analyzing data from dozens of studies that reported the prevalence of major depressive and anxiety disorders, researchers calculated that they increased globally last year by 28% and 26% respectively. That’s tens of millions more cases of depression and anxiety than the hundreds of millions already occurring around the world.


Cannabis and the Sexual Brain: How Sex Affects Cannabinoid Activity
Wednesday, 8 a.m. (sponsored by Center for the Study of Cannabis)

Staff Appreciation Week 2021:

UCI Health ARIISE Awards
Wednesday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by Human Resources and Staff Assembly)

The Futures of Higher Education Festival:
Navigating the “New World” as a First-Generation Student
Wednesday, 2 p.m.

Changing the Frame of Higher Education: Examples in Music
Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.

Fighting the Facts: Misinformation In the Public Arena
Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.

Pursuing Equity in Healthcare
Wednesday, 6 p.m.
(sponsored by Division of Undergraduate Education)

Author Talk: Whitney Otto ’90, Art for the Ladylike: An Autobiography through Other Lives
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations)

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


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Sahana Vij – Girls changing the world

People TV (video), Oct. 8
Cited: UCI student Shana Vij

Marine researchers focus on the tiniest victims of Orange County oil spill

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 9
Cited: Joleah Lamb, assistant professor of ecology & evolutionary biology

Huge solar storm hitting Earth today could cause mass disruption for power grids and satellites, agency warns

Yahoo News, Oct. 11
Cited: Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi, assistant professor of computer science


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