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Oct. 10 - African American art song; COVID-19 behind bars

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Folded white parasols are ready to provide shade along Ring Road. Photo by Ian Parker

Folded white parasols are ready to provide shade along Ring Road. Photo by Ian Parker


Darryl Taylor, professor of music, is one of the most prominent voices in art song.

Darryl Taylor, professor of music, is one of the most prominent voices in art song. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Conference will celebrate African American art song

The UCI community will have a rare opportunity to learn more about a crucial genre of African American music this week when the Department of Music’s Darryl Taylor hosts the 25th anniversary African American Art Song Alliance conference. The four-day event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and is presented by the African American Art Song Alliance, an advocacy organization representing Black composers of Western classical art songs. The conference is highlighting the centennial celebration of the Harlem Renaissance and composer Margaret Bond as well as works by living composers. Several world premiere performances are scheduled from composers who will be in attendance.

UCI’s PrisonPandemic project speaker flyer

With more than 63,000 reported cases of COVID-19 in California’s prisons, UCI’s PrisonPandemic project features what it’s been like for incarcerated people, their families and prison staff members. Graphic courtesy of School of Social Ecology

UCI exhibit sheds light on pandemic experiences of incarcerated people

Also this month, UCI is hosting PrisonPandemic, a digital archive project documenting what it’s been like for prisoners, their families and prison staff members during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project features stories by incarcerated people in federal and state prisons, local jails and immigration detention facilities across the state and was conducted by UCI students, who gathered their stories over hundreds of hours from fall 2020 through spring 2022. The exhibit invites visitors to “look, listen, imagine the experience of being incarcerated during a global pandemic, and take action to connect with people incarcerated in our state and to share their stories with others.”


Stanford professor Carolyn Bertozzi received this year’s Nobel Prize for chemistry. Photo by Jenny Nuss/Berkeley Lab

Stanford professor Carolyn Bertozzi received this year’s Nobel Prize for chemistry. Photo by Jenny Nuss/Berkeley Lab

Three UC-connected professors win 2022 Nobel Prizes

Three of this year’s Nobel Prize winners in medicine, physics and chemistry all share one important distinction: part of their careers were spent at UC, a cradle of inventiveness, experimentation and learning. They include Svante Pääbo, recipient of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, John F. Clauser, recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics, and Carolyn Bertozzi, who won the prize for chemistry.


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Laguna Woods resident endured horrors of Holocaust and got a fresh start in the U.S.

The Orange County Register, Oct. 8
Cited: Helen Weil, Holocaust survivor in UCI’s 90+ Study

Black saliva, sore throat, shortness of breath: How dangerous is wildfire season for US farmworkers?

USA Today, Oct. 10
Cited: Michael Méndez, assistant professor of social ecology

Thousands gathered at UC Irvine to support cancer research

KTLA, Oct. 8 (Video)
Featured: The 6th Annual UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge


UCI hosts Irvine Global Village Festival coloring contest

Irvine’s Global Village Festival took place over the weekend, but you still have until Oct. 15 to enter the UCI-sponsored coloring contest for a chance to win a stuffed anteater. Download the coloring page with rules. Good luck and have fun.

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