Nov. 16 - UCI prof to lead neuroscience society; bivalent booster Q&A
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UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
UAW strike update
The UAW strike on UC campuses, including UCI, is ongoing. Negotiations continue, as do instruction and research. Today, UC Provost Michael Brown shared a bargaining update that includes the newest offer by UC administrators. The latest FAQs and information are available on the provost's continuity webpage https://provost.uci.edu/continuity/.
UCI’s Oswald Steward is the fourth UCI faculty member to be named president of the Society for Neuroscience. Courtesy of Julio Ramirez, Davidson University.
UCI’s Oswald Steward named president of Society for Neuroscience
Oswald Steward, director of UCI’s Reeve-Irvine Research Center, will assume the role of president of the Society for Neuroscience, the world’s largest organization for the study of the brain and nervous system, with more than 36,000 members in 95 countries. Steward is the fourth UCI faculty member to hold the prestigious post since the society’s founding in 1969. A Distinguished Professor of anatomy & neurobiology and Reeve-Irvine Professor of Neurobiology & Behavior, Steward is renowned for his research on how nerve cells create and maintain their connections with each other and how these synapses are modified after injury. He also studies how genes influence nerve cell regeneration, growth and function and how physiological activity affects nerve cell connections.
UCI Minute: What is the bivalent booster?
In this brief video, Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology & infection prevention in the School of Medicine, answers questions about the bivalent booster. Among them: Is the bivalent booster as safe as the original vaccine? How does it work in the body? Who is eligible? Are there side effects? Can the bivalent booster be combined with the flu vaccine?
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
What if the entire UC student body totaled 100 people?
100 Students is a creative and interactive online project that imagines what the UC system’s entire student body would look like if it were represented by just 100 students. Among the project’s findings: 29 would be transfer students from a California community college, 33 would speak a language other than English, and 46 would have tuition and fees fully covered.
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UCI IN THE NEWS
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Nature, Nov. 16
Cited: Oladele Ogunseitan, UCI Presidential Chair and professor of public health
Vivian, Nov. 14
Cited: Stephanie Au, assistant clinical professor of nursing
Verywell Health, Nov. 11
Cited: Michael Y. Sy, assistant professor of neurology
Dan Ta (second from left) and Dylan Riffle (middle) pose with the rest of the Leprendo team.
Students create online marketplace for US farmers
In today’s e-commerce-driven market, small farmers without an online sales platform have been at a disadvantage. Recognizing this gap, UCI business administration senior Dan Ta and second-year computer science major Dylan Riffle teamed up to develop Leprendo, an online marketplace designed to empower small farmers and help them compete in today’s economy. The entrepreneurial pair recently sat down with the UCI ANTrepreneur Center to discuss the development of their company and their goals for the future.
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