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Oct. 26 - Human skin and indoor spaces; Who is LaserChick?

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A master engineer itself, an orb weaver waits for prey in its web adjacent to Engineering Hall.

A master engineer itself, an orb weaver waits for prey in its web adjacent to Engineering Hall. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Desiré Whitmore

Desiré Whitmore’s obsession with quantum mechanics fueled her desire to inspire a more diverse next generation of scientists.

Who is LaserChick?

Desiré Whitmore may not be a hero in the comic-book sense, but the self-described Blaxican American physicist (whose moniker is LaserChick) is indeed an inspiring role model for children – especially girls – from underrepresented communities who are interested in STEM careers. As a staff physicist educator for the Teacher Institute of San Francisco’s Exploratorium, Whitmore, who earned a Ph.D. at UCI in 2011, amplifies her impact on the next generation by developing and teaching hands-on activities that middle and high school teachers can use to spark their students’ interest in and excitement about science.

Study participants like these helped reveal how our skin plays a role in altering the chemistry of indoor spaces.

Study participants like these helped reveal how our skin plays a role in altering the chemistry of indoor spaces. Photo by Mikal Schlosser

Understanding how skin alters the chemistry of indoor spaces

People typically spend 90% of their lives inside, at home, at work or in transport. Within these enclosed spaces, they are exposed to a multitude of chemicals from various sources, including outdoor pollutants penetrating indoors, gaseous emissions from building materials and furnishings, and products of our own activities such as cooking and cleaning. In addition, we are potent mobile emission sources of chemicals that enter the indoor air from our breath and skin. But how do the chemicals disappear again? A new UCI study provides some answers.

Prepare for healthy holiday cooking

With the hectic holiday season almost upon us, are you pondering what to serve at family feasts or bring to parties as healthy alternatives to traditional high-calorie fare? Fortunately, Jessica Van Roo, executive chef of the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, part of UCI Health, has prepared some delicious recipes you can make in advance to keep you on track and brighten any table.


China rolls out inhalable COVID-19 booster

A new injection-free form of administering COVID-19 vaccination boosters revealed itself today as Chinese health officials began using an inhalable COVID-19 vaccine. The medicinal mist, which is sucked in through the mouth, is being offered for free as a booster dose for previously vaccinated people. China, which continues to operate an unpopular “Zero COVID” strategy of mass quarantining, hopes the new boosters will make it easier to vaccinate its population. As of mid-October, 90% of Chinese were fully vaccinated and 57% had received a booster shot.


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Special Report: The Hellish New Trauma of Living Through Multiple Mass Tragedies at Once

Cosmopolitan, Oct. 26
Cited: Roxane Cohen Silver, Distinguished Professor of psychological science, medicine and public health

Exploring Oaxacan culture after LA city councilmembers' anti-Indigenous remarks

WBUR (audio), Oct. 25
Cited: Brenda Nicolas, assistant professor of global and international studies

Fact check: Greenland still losing ice due to greenhouse gas emissions, experts say

USA Today, Oct. 24
Cited: Eric Rignot, Chancellor’s Professor of Earth system science


UCI tweets image of pumpkin with carved Anteater for National Pumpkin Day

Happy National Pumpkin Day!

Harrison Unger, a first-year School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences student, was inspired by @PeterTAnteater to create a jack-o'-lantern with a lot of #UCIPride. Unger has set a very high bar in both spookiness and school spirit, but we’re sure there are more contenders out there. Send them our way!

#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


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