July 8 - California’s life expectancy gap widens, out-of-state migration increases
The sun breaks through the morning cloud cover over Humanities Gateway. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
UCI researchers solve algorithm ‘amnesia,’ offering insight into human learning
A recent discovery by researchers at UCI’s School of Biological Sciences offers potential insight into the brain’s ability to absorb new knowledge. The findings show how algorithms can learn and retain information more efficiently, thus suggesting ways to combat cognitive impairments and improve the efficiency of technology, including medical diagnostic equipment, autonomous cars and more.
Three percent budget cut to be imposed to UCI’s core fund
According to a Friday morning announcement by Hal Stern, UCI’s provost and executive vice chancellor, a three percent “across-the-board cut to core fund budgets for all units in the current fiscal year” will be imposed. Stern also said that a budget workgroup “will evaluate additional steps to strategically reduce costs and pursue increased revenues in the coming years.”
Seven UCI faculty members named Hellman Fellows
Seven assistant professors at UCI are set to receive prestigious Hellman Fellowships, joining an elite group of 70 UCI Hellman Fellows since 2013, when the Hellman Fellows Fund established the program here. (The fellowship began at UC Berkeley in 1995 and has expanded to include all UC campuses.) The UCI awardees represent a variety of disciplines ranging from anthropology and dance to electrical engineering and computer science and developmental & cell biology.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Friday Fun Fact
Co-curricular experiences: 64 percent of undergraduates have or are currently involved in student organizations. 43 percent have been an officer.
Study shows COVID widened state’s life expectancy gap
A study published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that COVID-19 has contributed to a widening gap in life expectancies between White Californians and those of other races. Between 2019 and 2021, the life expectancy for Latino Californians fell by almost six years, twice the average decline for all Californians and three times more than the decrease for white Californians. It also decreased by nearly four years for Black Californians, and by three years for Asian Californians.
Pandemic hastened ongoing economic-based exodus from California
According to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, migration out of California accelerated during the COVID-19 crisis, with Texas, Washington and Florida ranking as top destinations for people moving out of the state. Although the number of state-to-state moves was 15.1% lower than before the pandemic, the findings confirm that growing numbers of Americans fled coastal cities and states during the pandemic.
UCI IN THE NEWS
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Abortion bans could mean more people are jailed for miscarriages
National Journal, July 7
Cited: Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of law
A Month of Shootings, One on Top of Another
The New York Times, July 8
Cited: Charis E. Kubrin, professor of criminology
Scientists Have Fully Sequenced the DNA of a Pompeii Victim for the First Time
Discover Magazine, July 7
Cited: Fabio Macciardi, molecular psychiatrist
This summer, UCI will host the LA Rams training camp. (Image by @UCIathletics)
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28 new campus cases
On Thursday, UCI recorded 28 new cases of COVID-19: 19 students and nine employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
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