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March 16 - Circadian rhythms, metabolism and addiction; staff scholarships

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Reflection from the Maya Lin water table in Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

Mirror, mirror: reflection and lens flare from the Maya Lin water table in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Photo by Ian Parker


UCI-led study finds links between circadian rhythms, metabolism and addiction

A new UCI-led study establishes important conceptual connections between the fields of circadian rhythms, metabolism and addiction. Going beyond current studies on substance use disorders, which focus on the impact of addictive drugs on the brain, the research published March 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences highlights an existing connection between specific neurons and peripheral organs.

Staff can apply for scholarships to further their education

Applications are being accepted through April 15 for the spring cycle of the Mike Puritz Staff Assembly Career Enhancement Scholarship Program. The program helps UCI career staff employees further their educational goals, whether in pursuit of an academic degree, continuing education courses, workshops, webinars, conferences or other classes.


COVID surge in Western Europe has U.S. bracing for another wave

A surge in coronavirus infections in Western Europe has experts and health authorities on alert for another wave of the pandemic in the United States even as most of the country has done away with restrictions after a sharp decline in cases. Infectious-disease experts are closely watching the subvariant of omicron known as BA. 2, which appears to be more transmissible than the original strain, BA. 1, and is fueling the outbreak overseas.


Closing day of 17th annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition
Friday, noon (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

SOARing Through Finals
Friday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by Student Outreach and Retention)

International Coffee Hour
Friday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by International Center)

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.

Mammography can offer clues to a woman’s heart health

Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, March 15
Cited: Sabee Molloi, professor and vice chairman of radiological sciences research

Conspiracy theorists, UFO hunters among first to flock to Obama’s once-secret presidential records

USA Today, March 16
Cited: Matthew Beckman, associate professor of political science

Is It Bad If You Like Alone Time From Your Partner?

Refinery29, March 14
Cited: Jessica Borelli, associate professor of psychological science


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Four new campus cases

On Tuesday, UCI recorded four new cases of COVID-19: three students and one employee. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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