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Feb. 9 - UCI ranks high, undergrad reviewers

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An early morning runner passes the Nancy Doran sculptures lining the pathway behind the science building. Photo by Ian Parker

Quiet time: An early morning runner passes the Nancy Doran sculptures lining the pathway behind the science building. Photo by Ian Parker


UCI ranks No. 8 among large schools in the West

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings published today are based on 15 factors across four main categories: 40% of each school’s overall score comes from student outcomes, including graduate salaries and debt burdens; 30% from the school’s academic resources, including how much it spends on teaching; 20% from how well it engages students; and 10% from its environment, a measure of student and faculty diversity.

Undergrads invited to participate in Princeton Review survey

Undergraduate student insights on academics, student life, campus organizations, professor/student interaction, housing, dining and more provide invaluable guidance for college-bound students searching for their best-fit schools. Complete The Princeton Review’anonymous online survey about your experiences at UCI, and you will be automatically entered in a $50 Amazon gift-card giveaway. Important links:

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UCI-led study finds disparities in undiagnosed hypertension 

Chinese and Korean American immigrants who lack health insurance are at an increased risk of having hypertension, but not knowing it, according to a UCI-led study recently published in the Journal of Community Health. The study was prompted by the staggering statistic that an estimated 11 million people in the U.S. have hypertension but remain undiagnosed, with Asian Americans at disproportionate risk compared to others.


Fauci says US is exiting 'full blown' pandemic

Anthony Fauci, the White House’s top medical adviser, told the Financial Times that decisions on coronavirus restrictions in the United States will be increasingly made on a local level, "as we get out of the full-blown pandemic phase of COVID-19, which we are certainly heading out of."

‘Broken heart’ cases surge during COVID, especially among women

Groundbreaking research by several top American medical centers has identified a COVID-19 pandemic spike in cases of so-called "broken heart syndrome," a potentially deadly stress-induced heart condition that doctors say is disproportionately impacting women. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is triggered by intense emotional or physical stress when a sudden flood of hormones is believed to stun the heart into pumping less efficiently.


Beyond Academic Probation
Friday, noon (sponsored by Student Outreach and Retention)

Culinary Medicine: Get a Better Night Sleep; Change Your Diet
Friday, noon (sponsored by Human Resources)

A Reading by Poet Monica Youn Followed by a Conversation with Joseph Jeon
Friday, noon (sponsored by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

This is What a Scientist/Engineer Looks Like
Friday, noon (sponsored by Calit2, Office of Inclusive Excellence and Office of Access & Inclusion)

How the Arts Can Save Education: Transforming Teaching, Learning and Instruction
Friday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Information and Computer Sciences)

Get Involved in Research
Friday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program)

Discovery Series: “Hamlet”
Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Department of Drama)

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Canada Protests: Plans for a Protest by Truckers in the U.S. Gain Momentum

The New York Times, Feb. 8
Cited: Jeffrey Kopstein, professor of political science

Founder CEOs often have shelf lives

Marketplace (audio), Feb. 8
Guest: Travis Howell, assistant professor of strategy

Is greed good?

BBC News – Business Daily (audio), Feb. 9
Guest: Paul Piff, associate professor of psychological science


UCI Social Sciences' tweets Black History Month perspective from undergrad Michelle Thomas.

For the second of three perspectives on Black History Month from UCI Social Sciences, undergrad Michelle Thomas weighs in. She is the Black Psychology Student Association president and the School of Social Sciences’ inaugural Black Lives Matter scholar.

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13 new cases reported

On Tuesday, UCI recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19: six students and seven employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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