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July 1 - Reversing hair loss; respiratory infections and global conflict

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!


No UCI Digest on Monday

In honor of Independence Day, UCI Digest will not publish on Monday. Stay safe, enjoy the long weekend, and we’ll see you Tuesday.

UCI researchers discover new molecule for alopecia treatment

A new study published by UCI researchers offers hope for people suffering from hair loss. The study reveals that a molecule called SCUBE3 potently stimulates hair growth and may offer a therapeutic treatment for androgenetic alopecia, a common form of hair loss in both women and men.

UCI-led study links global conflict and rising respiratory diseases

Research led by UCI has found that the burden of respiratory infections increased throughout northern Syria from 2016-2021, and was significantly exacerbated by the emergence of COVID-19. The study fills critical gaps in existing literature on disease surveillance in war-torn settings and highlights the need for infectious disease monitoring in vulnerable regions of the world where public health infrastructure is limited or non-existent.


Friday Fun Fact

Community service: 42 percent of UC undergraduates have participated in community service off campus, 29 percent on campus.

Sacramento approves UC funding for climate change research, campus spending

five-year funding compact approved by Gov. Gavin Newsom and California’s State Legislature will provide $185 million to support UC research on climate change, enabling scientists to further their work studying pressing environmental threats, including wildfire mitigation and drought preparedness. $208 million is earmarked for statewide UC infrastructure projects to expand classroom facilities and update laboratory spaces for student instruction, while another $15 million will fund programs to aid undocumented, formerly incarcerated and former foster-youth students.

UC renews its commitment to increasing student participation in elections

On Wednesday, UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D., and Board of Regents Vice Chair Richard Leib signed a declaration affirming UC’s longstanding partnership with the Secretary of State’s office to increase voter participation by eligible university students, faculty, staff and surrounding UC campus community members.

First presumed monkeypox infection is confirmed in OC

The OC Health Care Agency’s Communicable Disease Control Division has confirmed the first presumptive case of monkeypox infection in Orange County. While awaiting official CDC confirmation of a probable case, the HCA is conducting contact tracing and post-exposure prevention for close contacts. So far, the monkeypox virus has resulted in 4,769 cases in 50 nations throughout the world, including 306 U.S. cases from 28 states.


Campus blood drive
Wednesday and Thursday, by appointment (sponsored by UCI Health)

12th Annual U.S. Supreme Court Term in Review
Wednesday, 10 a.m (sponsored by School of Law)

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Supreme Court to review state legislatures’ power in federal elections

The Washington Post, June 30
Cited: Rick Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law

'Reborn From the Ashes.' Xi Jinping Visits a Changed Hong Kong For Handover Anniversary

TIME, July 1
Cited: Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History

LISTEN: SpeechMatters “Leading with Love in the Face of Targeted Harassment”

Insight Into Diversity (podcast), June 27
Cited: Howard Gillman, UCI Chancellor & Michelle Deutchman, executive director, UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement


Dan Cooper received the 2022-23 Daniel G. Aldrich Jr. Distinguished University Service Award. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Dan Cooper received the 2022-23 Daniel G. Aldrich Jr. Distinguished University Service Award. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

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26 new campus cases

On Thursday, UCI recorded 26 new cases of COVID-19: 19 students and seven employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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