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Feb. 18 - African American Studies, collegiate esports leadership

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Photo of a lawn chair in Aldrich Park by Matthew Feng.

Just add Anteaters: Don’t worry, Aldrich Park won’t look this lonely over the holiday weekend. Photo by Matthew Feng


No UCI Digest on Monday

In honor of the nation’s first commander-in-chief, this newsletter will not appear on Monday, officially known as Washington’s Birthday but commonly referred to as Presidents/President’s/Presidents’ Day. Enjoy the holiday weekend and we’ll see you on Tuesday.

Faculty members (from left): Bridget R. Cooks, Frank B. Wilderson III, Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, Sandra Harvey and John Murillo.

Faculty members (from left): Bridget R. Cooks, Frank B. Wilderson III, Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, Sandra Harvey and John Murillo. School of Humanities photo illustration.

The past, present and future of the Department of African American Studies

In the early 1990s, a group of scholar activists envisioned an intellectual home for Black students and faculty on campus that would meaningfully tackle questions around race and racism. Learn how that led to UCI’s Department of African American Studies now being influential around the world for its study of Black life.

UCI becomes founding member of collegiate esports leadership group

As a founding member of Voice of Intercollegiate Esports, UCI will take an active role in shaping the higher education esports ecosystem. Chancellor Howard Gillman will head the VOICE President’s Council, convening key people from many of the top academic institutions to address the rapidly growing esports landscape.

New book on how membranes and their proteins work caps professor’s career

Stephen H. White, a professor of physiology & biophysics at UCI since 1973 and the namesake of the School of Medicine’s Stephen White Laboratory, considers Cell Boundaries the culmination of his career. The book, which was 13 years in the making, was co-authored by White and professors Gunnar von Heijne of Stockholm University and Donald M. Engelman of Yale University.


California adopts nation’s first endemic virus policy

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement Thursday of a plan that emphasizes prevention and quick reaction to outbreaks over mandated masking and business shutdowns means California is the first state to formally shift to an endemic approach to COVID-19.


Cup of SOAR
Tuesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Student Outreach and Retention)

Constitutional Patriotism, the Failures of Partisanship, and the Future of American Democracy with Rep. Jamie Raskin
Tuesday, noon (sponsored by School of Law)

Get Involved in Research
Tuesday, noon (sponsored by Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program)

Teaching Kids About Kindness, Empathy and Being a Good Citizen
Tuesday, noon (sponsored by Bright Horizons)

Drop-in activity: Coloring and Letter to Self - Winter Recharge
Tuesday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by Graduate Division)

Motivate through Meetings: Skills to Engage Your Team - Winter Recharge
Tuesday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by Graduate Division)

Chef Resource Hour
Tuesday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by FRESH Basic Needs Hub)

Student Researcher Panel
Tuesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program)

GRE Test Strategy Workshop
Tuesday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

Journey to Wellness: Anti-Diet Culture
Wednesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Student Wellness & Health Promotion)

Pop-Up Booth: Mental Health Awareness
Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Public Health)

Wednesday Wellness Walk: Sea & Sage Wildlife Preserve
Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. (sponsored by Student Wellness & Health Promotion)

Let’s Learn: Emotional Intelligence in Today’s Work Environment
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

Open Heart Meditation and Reiki TUMMO - Winter Recharge
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Graduate Division)

Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America with Chicano High Schoolers in a Changing Los Angeles Author James Diego Vigil
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by School of Law)

First Gen. Transfer Panel
Wednesday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by Student Success Initiatives)

Mindful Meditation Workshop
Wednesday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Latinx Resource Center)

Virtual Painting Night
Wednesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by Associated Students UCI)

“White Like Me” documentary and discussion
Wednesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by School of Biological Sciences)

Beall Center Art + Ecology Series: Just Your Garden Variety Robots: A Conversation with Ian Ingram and Steve Mahler
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

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.


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.

Why the 'sophomore slump' of adulthood hits so hard

BBC, Feb. 17
Cited: Ian Williamson, dean of the Paul Merage School of Business

A drug for pregnant women doesn’t work, according to the FDA. A company is selling it anyway

Los Angeles Times, Feb. 17
Cited: Daniel Gillen, professor and chair of statistics

Disney-branded California community promises the company’s ‘special magic’

The Guardian, Feb. 17
Cited: Nicola Ulibarri, assistant professor of urban planning & public policy


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7 new cases reported

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

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