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April 7 - Anti-cancer molecule; new law school dean

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<strong>Anteater Time Machine:</strong> Students on the Fine Arts building terrace in July 1965.

Anteater Time Machine: Students on the Fine Arts building terrace in July 1965.


Law school dean named

Austen Parrish, currently the dean of Indiana University’s top 20-ranked Maurer School of Law, will become UCI’s third law school dean, effective Aug. 3. Parrish, who grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, has strong Southern California ties. He previously served as interim dean and CEO at L.A.’s Southwestern Law School, taught at Loyola Law School and worked as an attorney with O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles. Hal Stern, UCI’s provost and executive vice chancellor, said Parrish “has proven as a scholar and dean that he is distinctly suited to lead our community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, dedicated staff, engaged alumni and enthusiastic supporters.”

New molecule could help treat tumors

Researchers at UCI and the Italian Institute of Technology have developed a molecule that shows promising anti-cancer activity against a wide range of tumor cell types. UCI’s research was led by the laboratory of Dr. Anand Ganesan, a professor of dermatology and biological chemistry.

Seeking justice via social media

In UCI’s Crimes of the State class – taught by Nicole Iturriaga, assistant professor of criminology, law and society – students create TikTok videos, podcasts or PowerPoint presentations on genocide, torture and other human rights violations around the globe. “I think it’s important for everybody, especially college students, to understand how fragile human rights are,” Iturriaga says.


Why haven’t COVID cases started rising again in the U.S.?

To the surprise of many experts, U.S. cases have fallen about 1% over the past two weeks, even as the highly contagious BA.2 subvariant of omicron has become dominant. The New York Times offers four possible explanations, including more immunity, fewer tests, a temporary lull and the general randomness of COVID-19.

COVID and diabetes: a public health train wreck

Aside from older people and nursing home residents, no group has been harder hit by the pandemic than people with diabetes. Studies suggest that up to 40% of all coronavirus deaths in America have occurred among diabetic people.

COVID patients in ICU hit all-time low in California

California intensive care units are now treating fewer COVID-19 patients than at any time since the state started tracking the numbers in March 2020.


“Café com Canela” screening and Q&A
Monday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations)

Beall Center Art + Ecology Series: Ocean Research-Creation
Monday, 4:30 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations)

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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.

People are developing trauma-like symptoms as the pandemic wears on

NPR, April 7
Cited: Roxane Cohen Silver, Distinguished Professor of psychological science, medicine and public health

For people with Down syndrome, a longer life, but under a cloud

The Washington Post, April 7
Cited: Elizabeth Head, professor of pathology

Color Night Vision Brought to You by AI

IEEE Spectrum, April 7
Cited: Andrew Browne, clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology


In response to the St. Louis Cardinals announcing that right-handed pitcher (and Anteater alum) Andre Pallante made the team’s opening day roster, UCI Baseball tweet

In response to the St. Louis Cardinals announcing that right-handed pitcher (and Anteater alum) Andre Pallante made the team’s opening day roster, UCI Baseball tweeted: "Well done, Andre! Couldn't be more proud! @andrepallant joins @Kestdaddy on a Major League roster!”

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5 new campus cases

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

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