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March 31 - New diversity hiring effort; women of BioSci

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Anteater Time Machine: A rollerblade performance on campus in November 1989.

Anteater Time Machine: A rollerblade performance on campus in November 1989.


Celebrating the women of BioSci

Celebrating the women of BioSci

In honor of Women’s History Month, the School of Biological Sciences highlighted some of its female faculty and students.

Sandra Cisneros book club forms ahead of campus lecture

To prepare for an April 28 online event with Sandra Cisneros, the bestselling author of The House on Mango Street, UCI’s Chican@/Latin@ Staff Association is launching a book club to read her new novel, Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo. The deadline to apply to the club is Monday.

UCI and 3 UCs collaborate on hiring more Hispanic faculty

With only 6% of the UC system’s teaching faculty coming from racial or ethnic minority groups, the new UC Hiring Interventions for Representation and Equity alliance – involving principal investigators from UCI, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz and UC Santa Barbara – aims to boost hiring of STEM instructors from Hispanic backgrounds. “With this NSF-funded UC HIRE alliance, the system is taking important steps toward making the population of teaching professors more representative of our student population,” said UCI Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Hal Stern.


Alcohol-related deaths rose 25% during pandemic

Among adults younger than 65, alcohol-related deaths actually outnumbered deaths from COVID-19 in 2020, according to a study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

O.C. COVID hospitalizations remain below 100

The last time the county had fewer than 100 COVID-infected patients was July 9, 2021, before last summer’s delta-variant surge. The number of ICU patients fell from 20 to 17, according to the latest data.


SASICon22: Love Letters to Liberation
Saturday, 9:45 a.m. (sponsored by Students Activating Social Innovation)

Vera Molnár Variations opening reception
Saturday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Beall Center for Art + Technology)

The Spirit of Soul Food book talk and demo
Monday, noon (sponsored by UCI Illuminations)

Privilege and Punishment book talk
Monday, noon (sponsored by Center on Law, Equality and Race and Department of Criminology, Law & Society)

The State of the World’s Antibiotics in 2022
Monday, noon (sponsored by Population Health and Disease Prevention)

California leads the way on expanding health insurance coverage to undocumented immigrants: Likely impacts and future plans
Monday, noon (sponsored by Program in Public Health)

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Americans are taking fewer precautions two years into the pandemic, poll says.

The New York Times, March 30
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health

The underdiscussed upsides of screen time for kids

Deseret News, March 24
Mimi Ito, ICS professor in residence

Apprehension and the Aging of Undocumented Parents

Generations, March 23
Cited: Laura E. Enriquez, associate professor of Chicano/Latino Studies


Natalia Marie celebrates her admission to UCI grad school on Instagram

Natalia Marie (aka @natamarie_5) celebrates her admission to UCI grad school on Instagram, saying she’ll be pursuing a teaching credential and master’s degree starting this summer. “Definitely excited and nervous for this new chapter in my life,” she notes.

#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


9 new campus cases

On Wednesday, UCI recorded nine new cases of COVID-19, all of them students. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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