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March 21 - Student loan debt forgiveness; Persian studies blossom

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A view of the Nancy Doran Sculpture Garden from the Science Library.

The straight and narrow: a view of the Nancy Doran Sculpture Garden from the Science Library. Photo by Matthew Feng


The stress of dementia caregiving

Through a five-year study funded by the National Institute on Aging, Jung-Ah Lee, associate professor of nursing, seeks to improve support for home-based caregivers of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. Initially focused on the Asian American community, the study has since increased its scope and is still recruiting caregivers.

Student Center open during spring break for COVID testing

The Student Center is also the site for observed antigen testing to get out of quarantine or isolation at day five. Plaza Verde will reopen for testing next week. Testing is permanently closed at the University Club.

What’s next with student loan debt

Jeanne Scheper, associate professor and chair of gender and sexuality studies, is one of UCI’s leading voices on student loan debt. Scheper shares what’s next with student loan debt forgiveness.

Persian studies blossom at UCI

Situated in the second largest Iranian population in Southern California, UCI fulfills a vital role within the Persian diaspora. Founded in 2009, UCI’s Jordan Center is a dedicated hub for Persian studies and a global destination for Persian scholars.


Don’t panic over Europe’s latest COVID-19 spikes: health experts

Senior White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday predicted the BA.2 coronavirus subvariant rampaging in parts of the world will spark an upswing in U.S. infections, but he played down any likelihood of another surge. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy agreed in a separate interview Sunday, adding, “Our focus should be on preparation, not on panic.”

Sewage surveillance proved its worth during pandemic, could become standard practice

Sewage surveillance is proving so useful for community-level tracking of COVID-19 surges and variants that many researchers and public health officials say it should become standard practice in monitoring infectious diseases. Whether that happens — and which communities get access — depends on the nation’s ability to vastly scale up the approach and make it viable everywhere.


Coastal Resilience Virtual Conference
Wednesday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by Newkirk Center for Science & Society)

Origins of Mental Health and Disease: Research and Reality
Wednesday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by Conte Center@UCI)

Contract Management Career and Program Information Session
Wednesday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

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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How ‘hiya,’ ‘kapwa’ and other cultural values play a role in Filipino American mental health

Los Angeles Times, March 17
Cited: Christine Catipon, senior staff psychologist, UCI Counseling Center

Laguna Woods Village beats the odds in COVID-19 pandemic

The Orange County Register, March 19
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention

You can kick diet culture out of your diet, experts say. Here's where to start

CNN, March 21
Cited: Sabrina Strings, Chancellor’s Fellow and associate professor of sociology


Tweet from Collin Welp, UCI Men's Basketball

It’s been an honor to wear this jersey and represent UC Irvine the last 5 years. I’ve made relationships and memories to last a lifetime and I am forever grateful for what this program has done for me. @UCImbb #rip40 Twitter/@cwelp40


Three new campus cases

From Friday through Saturday, UCI recorded three new cases of COVID-19: one student and two employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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