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April 26 - UCI Podcast: Twitter and free speech, Ph.D. and M.F.A. funding

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A tree casts its shadow on the Beall Center for Art + Technology. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


UCI Podcast: Elon Musk, Twitter and free speech

With Elon Musk purchasing Twitter for $44 billion, the big question now remains: What is he going to do with it? Musk already said he wants to take the company private and promote “free speech.” But what does that mean? In this episode of the UCI Podcast, law professor David Kaye, author of Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet, discusses these issues.

Commitment to Ph.D. and M.F.A. funding

The provost and graduate division share a new framework that offers a stable approach and commitment to Ph.D. and M.F.A. funding. The framework will work toward ensuring year-round financial support for all Ph.D. and M.F.A. students within normative time to degree up to six years.  

Michael Méndez is named a 2022 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Michael Méndez has been named to the 2022 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. The assistant professor of urban planning and public policy joins an exclusive cohort of 28 distinguished individuals nationwide selected from nearly 300 nominees. Each will receive $200,000 for a research sabbatical focused on their study in the social sciences or humanities – the most generous stipend of its type.

Setting standards is hard

In the latest #DenninInsights, Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning Michael Dennin discusses the challenge of setting fair and effective standards and examines UC pass/no pass grading policies to showcase some of the problems we have with our current university grading standards.

Community Safety Survey ends Friday - Town Hall coming

Extended through April 29, this anonymous 15-minute survey is UCI’s fulfillment of a key recommendation by the UC Presidential Task Force on Policing. The information that you are asked to provide anonymously includes interactions with campus police, perceptions of campus police activity, use of relevant services and programs, as well as suggestions to improve the safety of everyone on campus and at the medical center. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to weigh in. Mark your calendars for May 10 to join a Town Hall providing an update and gathering input from community members regarding campus safety.


UC to offer free tuition to Native Americans

Tuition at the University of California’s campuses will be waived for California residents who are from federally recognized Native American tribes. In a letter to UC chancellors, UC President Michael Drake said tuition and student fees will be fully covered for all California residents who are members of Native American, American Indian and Alaska Native tribes starting in fall 2022.

Drop off unwanted medications on ‘take back’ day

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration encourages members of the community to drop off expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications on "National Take Back Day," Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at numerous locations throughout Orange County.


Sandra Cisneros, award-winning author of The House on Mango Street
Thursday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by School of Humanities)

“Physical Graffiti”
Thursday-Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. (sponsored by Department of Dance)

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.

UCI business school hosts conference on 'digitally driven world'

Spectrum News 1, April 25
Cited: Tonya Bradford, associate business professor

The 9-to-5 workday is over

Computerworld, April 26
Cited: Gloria Mark, Chancellor’s professor of informatics

OC ICUs’ COVID-19 cases far from surge highs, but is it too soon to get hopes up?

The Orange County Register, April 24
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health


“I went to the Library of Congress today, but more importantly, I met Chancellor Howard Gillman,” writes student Gabriella Amini ’24 on Instagram where she posts a photo of her with Chancellor Howard Gillman at the UC Washington Center.

#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.


13 new campus cases

On Monday, UCI recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19: 12 students and one employee. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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