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Nov. 7 - UCI hosts Asian American conference; Chancellor message on global research

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Halloween balloons appear to multiply outside the Student Center.Halloween balloons appear to multiply outside the Student Center.

Halloween balloons appear to multiply outside the Student Center. Photo by Ian Parker


Participants gather at UCI from all nine undergraduate UC campuses for the inaugural UC AANAPISI forum in October.

Participants gather at UCI from all nine undergraduate UC campuses for the inaugural UC AANAPISI forum in October. Photo by Audrey Paredes/UCLA

UCI hosts inaugural UC Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution meeting

On Oct. 27 and 28, UCI hosted a UC Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution meeting. The gathering provided a forum for UC students, staff and faculty to discuss best practices for AANAPISI and Minority Serving Institutions. Participants explored UC’s unique position as both a research institution and an AANAPISI, and discussed its potential for advancing equity and justice in higher education. UCI has been AANAPISI since 2016 with some 37% of undergraduate students identifying as Asian/Asian American or Pacific Islander. The designation enables UCI to apply for competitive federal grants that advance student success.

UCI Chancellor: Global collaboration critical to advancement of knowledge

In a statement released to campus employees today, Chancellor Howard Gillman stressed the importance of international scholarship to UCI’s intellectual and social fabric. “Our activities, programs, classes, workshops, lectures, and everyday interactions are enriched by our acceptance of one another,” Gillman stated. “Further, global collaborations are critical to the advancement of knowledge, spur innovation, and are fundamental to our core values and research mission.” The statement recognized the U.S. government’s concern about foreign interests attempting to inappropriately acquire technical knowledge and intellectual property. UC’s Office of Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services has a helpful FAQ covering these topics.


UC leaders attend global environmental conference in Egypt

Nearly 200 countries will participate in the United Nations’ 27th Conference of the Parties. Also known as COP2, the event is being attended (both in person and virtually)  by dozens of students, staff and faculty from across the University of California system. The academics will share their expertise with a global audience on topics ranging from the vital role of the world’s oceans in addressing climate change to the link between decarbonization and improving health disparities. UC’s pioneering efforts to educate the next generation of climate leaders will also be on display.

COVID-19 and fentanyl caused recent spike in Orange County fatalities

According to a report in The Orange County Register, deaths in Orange County leaped 20% between 2017 and 2021, the period just before the COVID-19 pandemic and its peak. The Register interviewed UCI epidemiologist Andrew Noymer for the story, which also cites data from the Orange County Health Care Agency showing that the number of young people who died accidentally from fentanyl poisoning/overdoses — skyrocketed 100% over that same time period. Overall, the report shows, heart disease and cancer remained the No. 1 killers — but among Latinos, COVID-19 topped the list in both 2020 and 2021.


Deconstructing the UC Travel Ecosystem
Wednesday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by ConnexUC)

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UCI receives $8 million from state stem cell research agency

Spectrum News 1, Nov. 4
Cited: Daniela Bota, vice dean for clinical research

Microgrid will let these Menifee homes keep lights on during outages

The Orange County Register, Nov. 2
Cited: Scott Samuelsen, professor of engineering

Building Community

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Oct. 27
Cited: Frances Contreras, dean of School of Education


Voting center at Newkirk Alumni Center Conference Room is open Monday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Election Day reminder: Where to vote in person

If you are planning to vote in person tomorrow (or today), remember that UCI has two vote centers open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow: the conference room of the Newkirk Alumni Center located at 450 Mesa Rd., and the University Hills Community Center located at 1083 California Ave. #UCIVotes

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