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May 19 - Giving Day results; food coalition study

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Anteater Time Machine: The entrance to UCI off Campus Drive in 1966.

Anteater Time Machine: The entrance to UCI off Campus Drive in 1966.


UCI Giving Day raises more than $1.5 million

Initial figures show UCI collected more than $1.5 million on Wednesday, a.k.a. Giving Day 2022. Final numbers will be released next week.

UCI Podcast: Helping Ukrainian scientists

Iryna Zenyuk, associate director of the National Fuel Cell Research center at UCI, discusses the story behind her fundraising campaign to bring Ukrainian scientists and academics to UCI. So far, the effort has garnered more than $220,000. A transcript of the interview is also available.

Study explores impact of food coalitions

A UCI-led study examined the effectiveness of community coalitions in combating hunger, poor-quality diets and obesity in low-income Latino and Black neighborhoods. In collaboration with researchers from USC, the study followed a Los Angeles coalition called United for Health that produced five community gardens, three pop-up produce markets and one recurring farmers’ market while also expanding public assistance benefits. “Community-engaged approaches to nutrition-related disparities ... can lead to highly effective, sustainable health improvements in diverse communities,” said study author Denise Diaz Payán, an assistant professor of health, society and behavior in UCI’s Program in Public Health.


CDC chief urges revival of indoor masking

Nearly a third of Americans now live in counties with medium to high levels of virus transmission, compared with about 24% the previous week, officials said. The spurt prompted Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to urge leaders and individuals in those regions to adopt prevention strategies such as indoor masking and more frequent testing.


Staff Appreciation Night: L.A. Angels vs. Oakland Athletics
Saturday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Staff Assembly)

UCI Chamber Singers: Eternal Light
Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 3:30 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Music)

“Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America” documentary
Monday to Friday, any time (sponsored by Office of Inclusive Excellence)

Life After the Pandemic: What We Have Learned About Mental and Physical Health
Monday, 7 p.m. (co-sponsored by UCI Health)

UCI Wind Ensemble - Spring 2022
Monday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Music)

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Does Suicide Risk Show Up in the Blood?

Medscape, May 18
Cited: Adolfo Sequeira, associate researcher, Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior

Is crime seasonal? Experts say yes, incidents spike in summer months

Bakersfield Now, May 19
Cited: Jon Gould, dean, School of Social Ecology

A lot of children are about to be born in Ukraine. Will the war affect them for life?

WebMD, April 18
Cited: Karen Lindsay, assistant professor of pediatrics


From fairy circles to fighting cancer

Ph.D. student Rachel Sousa uses math to study cancer, a pursuit she came to by way of childhood math riddles and a mysterious natural phenomenon called fairy circles. Earlier this month, she placed third at the UC Grad Slam competition. Sousa also recently won a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

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45 new campus cases

On Wednesday, UCI recorded nearly four dozen new cases of COVID-19: 40 students and five employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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