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Nov. 3 - RSV vaccine research; pivotal cultural moments

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Anteater Time Machine: Students stride uphill on a blustery day in February 1967.

Anteater Time Machine: Students stride uphill on a blustery day in February 1967.


Pediatrics chief develops RSV vaccine

Amid a surge of RSV, a respiratory illness that is especially dangerous for children, some good news is on the horizon. A team led by Dr. Coleen Cunningham, who chairs UCI’s Department of Pediatrics and serves as pediatrician-in-chief at CHOC, is developing a nasal-drop vaccine that contains a weakened version of the virus for children 6 to 24 months of age.

“The advantage of that is, it’s not a shot, so you don’t have to worry about needles,” Cunningham told The New York Times. The vaccine is designed to more effectively prevent infection by rousing antibodies in the nose, where the virus enters, instead of the blood. Cunningham’s team is trying to find a balance in which the virus is too weak to cause symptoms but is strong enough to produce a good immune response. The results so far are promising, she said.

Picking history’s pivotal cultural moments

If you had to choose history’s most significant moments in literature, architecture, film and socio-cultural achievement, what would they be? “Hamlet”? The first skyscraper? The abolition movement? Last year, 21 UCI humanities scholars shared their picks in a campus exhibit called “It’s Time.” The list ran the gamut, from the opening of San Francisco’s first Chinese restaurants in 1849 to the movie “Jaws” in 1975. Other nominees included the founding of the Library of Alexandria in 336 B.C., the publication of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis in 1915 and the construction of India’s Jami Mosque in 1325. Now, the exhibit has an online home where the professors explain their selections.


Parkinson’s Disease Symposium
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Health)

Jerzy Kosmala, viola
Saturday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

Zot Quest game
Monday through Nov. 18 (sponsored by Student Center & Event Services)

Virtual Workshop: Access to Gartner Research
Monday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Office of Data and Information Technology)

State of the Economy: Recession, Interest Rates, International Events and Politics
Monday, noon (sponsored by School of Social Sciences)

Stella Zhang New Venture Competition & Beall Butterworth Competition Kick Off
Monday, 4:30 p.m. (sponsored by Paul Merage School of Business)

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.

You can now use your iPhone with your brain after a major breakthrough

Semafor, Nov. 2
Cited: Gillian Hayes, professor of informatics

How Sugar and Sedentary Lifestyle Affects Men vs. Women

Healthline, Nov. 2
Cited: Dr. Qin Yang, medical director of UCI Health Diabetes Center

Itaewon Halloween crush, Gujarat bridge collapse put spotlight on mental health

CNA (video), Nov. 1
Guest: Alison Holman, professor of psychological science


Coloring contest winners

At this year’s Irvine Global Village Festival, UCI debuted a children’s coloring contest and selected three age-category winners, who each received a stuffed anteater. Sustainability was a central theme at the UCI booth and the coloring contest artwork featured Peter the Anteater and his friend Planet Earth. Below are the winning entries submitted by, from top to bottom, Vincent Chan (ages 7 and under), Sydney Koga (ages 8 to 14) and Kaeli Datuin (ages 15 to 18):

Vincent Chan, winner of Coloring Contest ages 7 and under

Sydney Koga, winner of Coloring Contest for ages 8 to 14

Kaeli Datuin, winner of Coloring Contest for ages 15 to 18

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