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Oct. 22 - UCI Week Academic Minute finale, Saturday colonoscopies

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Lords of the Ring: A nice fall day for a stroll on Ring Road

Lords of the Ring: A nice fall day for a stroll on Ring Road. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Last day of ‘UCI Week’ on NPR’s ‘Academic Minute’

The cavalcade of UCI experts appearing on National Public Radio's “Academic Minute” series concludes today with Jean K. Ho, postdoctoral scholar at the UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders. Millions of Americans have high blood pressure, which can cause dementia later in life. Hypertension medications to lower blood pressure also help ward off memory loss, but scientists don’t know why. Ho’s research seeks to find the answer.

UCI team develops recommended practices for study of adverse drug events

School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences researchers developed a set of recommended practices for conducting adverse drug event studies that utilize electronic health record (EHR) databases. Their findings, which were published in the Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, cater “to a wide audience, including clinicians, health informaticians and other non-clinician scientists, to improve their knowledge in using EHR data for research studies with an aim to improve patient outcomes,” says lead author Quinton Ng, a doctorate student in the pharmacological sciences program.

School of Social Ecology researcher gets NSF-backed grant to study wildfires’ effects on farmworkers

Michael Méndez, assistant professor of urban planning and public policy, has received a two-year, $400,000 grant from the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Early Career Faculty Innovator Program. It will fund a joint project with researchers at NCAR–which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation–to explore the disparate treatment of undocumented Latino/Latina and indigenous migrant farmworkers during extreme wildfire events in Sonoma County. “These individuals are often not provided with proper occupational health and safety standards and equipment, let alone assistance for disaster relief,” Méndez says.

UCI Health eases barriers to colonoscopies

The UCI Health Digestive Health Institute is now accepting Saturday appointments for colonoscopies, the gold standard for detecting and preventing the spread of colon and rectal cancer. “Our goal at the UCI Health Digestive Health Institute is to eliminate colorectal cancer in Orange County,” says Executive Director Dr. Kenneth Chang. To schedule a colonoscopy, call 888-717-4463.


Friday fun fact

Smart savings: Energy efficiency upgrades saved the UC $316 million in 2020.

Delta variant subtype on rise in U.K.

A subtype of the Delta variant is causing a growing number of infections in the United Kingdom and is being closely monitored there and in other countries. During the week of Sept. 27, the AY.4.2 variant accounted for about 6% of cases in the U.K. and is "on an increasing trajectory," according to the U.K. Health Security Agency. A small number of AY.4.2 cases has also been reported in the U.S. and Denmark.


FBI Presentation: Cyber Threatscape
Tuesday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by Office of Information Technology)

Squid Game @UCI
Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations and the departments of Film & Media Studies, Asian Studies, East Asian Studies and Asian American Studies)

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Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

Help wanted: more sand for south Orange County’s shrinking beaches

Orange County Register, Oct. 21
Cited: Brett Sanders, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and urban planning and public policy

U.S. lifting travel ban for fully vaccinated travelers from 33 countries

Verywell Health, Oct. 20
Cited: Karen L. Edwards, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The Raiders had more Black players than any NFL team. Then Jon Gruden took over the roster

FiveThirtyEight, Oct. 21
Author: Michael Tesler, professor of political science and graduate admissions director


5 new campus cases

Five students tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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