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May 23 - UCI lab impresses Germans; Dennin rethinks the classroom

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Red petal day: Hibiscus blooms next to the Cultural Codex sculpture near Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Photo by Ian Parker

Red petal day: Hibiscus blooms next to the Cultural Codex sculpture near Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Photo by Ian Parker


Mark Warschauer, professor of education and informatics, is director of the Digital Learning Lab. Photo by Michelle Kim/UCI

Mark Warschauer, professor of education and informatics, is director of the Digital Learning Lab. Photo by Michelle Kim/UCI

Visit to UCI’s inclusive Digital Learning Lab impresses Bavarian legislators

Bavarian State Parliament members who visited UCI on May 4 learned about a curriculum that the School of Education’s Digital Learning Lab provides to Santa Ana schoolchildren. “To us, the presentation about play-based learning was particularly interesting, and we were able to bring many ideas back to Bavaria,” said Berthold Rüth, the parliament member who headed the delegation from Munich.

#DenninInsights: Rethinking the Classroom as a Team: Part 2

In the latest #DenninInsights, Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning Michael Dennin discusses how we can look to coaching for ideas on building student confidence and scaling these efforts for large classes at UCI.

UCI-led study links high BMI with increased risks of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women

Despite the common understanding that most women gain weight after menopause, a recent study led by UCI researchers found limited evidence of body mass index change in a large sample of postmenopausal women. They did, however, find a clear relationship between high BMI and higher likelihood of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to results published in the Annals of Epidemiology.


All tech staff invited to add voice to systemwide IT assessment

Van Williams, UC’s vice president for technology, engaged Deloitte Consulting LLP early this year to conduct an assessment of the current technology landscape across the UC system. The purpose is to analyze strengths and opportunities, and to develop recommendations for how the systemwide IT function can become an even stronger partner to the UC community and mission. Tech staff across UC can provide input into the assessment; the deadline to contribute to the survey is May 31.

COVID response chief sets expectations for monkeypox threat

The White House coronavirus response coordinator says he expects monkeypox will not have the widespread impact COVID-19 has had in the United States. "I feel like this is a virus we understand," Ashish Jha said Sunday on ABC's "This Week,” noting monkeypox is not new and treatments already exist for it.


Launch of the UC Center for Climate, Health and Equity
Wednesday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by UC Center for Climate, Health and Equity)

Cup of SOAR
Wednesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Student Outreach and Retention)

Travel Perks
Wednesday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by ConnexUC)

Information Session: JSPS Fellowships for Research in Japan
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Graduate Division)

Open Heart Meditation and Reiki TUMMO - Spring Up
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Graduate Division)

Spring 2022 Honors Concert
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by UCI Music)

Spring Tree Planting
Wednesday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Housing Sustainability)

12th annual Suzanne Renée Leider Lecture: “On the nature of suffering and the practice of nursing”
Wednesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing)

2022 Beall Butterworth Product Design Competition Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by ICS and Engineering schools)

Free GRE Test Strategy Workshop
Wednesday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

Final Pitch Competition - Keynote Speaker: Metta World Peace - Hacking Student Success: Mental Health Innovation Challenge
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. (sponsored by ANTrepreneur Center)

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.

The 100 Most Influential People of 2022 – Xi Jinping

Time, May 23
Author: Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history

The Climate Threat Hidden in Your Hamburger

Bloomberg, May 20
Cited: Steven Davis, associate professor of Earth system science

“I Either Wanted It, or I Wanted That Guy to Pay”: Inside the Wild West Auction for The Sugar Shack

Vanity Fair, May 20
Cited: Bridget R. Cooks, associate professor of humanities


#IamUCI: Q&A with Class of 2022 graduate Maddy Halseth

During Maddy Halseth’s freshman year, on her path to earning a B.S. in biological sciences, she found UCI’s Genetic Counseling Special Interest Group. She was soon hooked on genetic counseling, which analyzes a person’s risk of inherited diseases and makes recommendations. “I thought it was really interesting,” says Halseth of the group she now leads. “It combines my love for helping people with my love for science and gives me the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.”

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