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Nov. 18 - Cognitive impairment in young cancer patients; UCI profs among most cited researchers

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A purple glow illuminates the Student Center at dusk. Photo by Ian Parker

A purple glow illuminates the Student Center at dusk. Photo by Ian Parker


Alexandre Chan, a professor of clinical pharmacy practice, led recent cancer research that found higher rates of cognitive impairment in younger patients. Photo by Christopher Todd

Alexandre Chan, a professor of clinical pharmacy practice, led recent cancer research that found higher rates of cognitive impairment in younger patients. Photo by Christopher Todd

UCI study discovers pre-treatment cognitive impairment in young patients

A team of UCI-led researchers has found that adolescent and young adult cancer patients can experience cancer-related cognitive impairment before chemotherapy or radiation treatment. The discovery highlights the importance of evaluating and managing toxicity at the time of diagnosis to help prevent further deterioration. Recently published online in the journal Cancer Medicine, the study found that three times more adolescent and young adult cancer patients performed poorly on at least two cognitive tests than did the age-matched health control group prior to cancer treatment.

13 UCI faculty members named among nation’s most influential researchers

Thirteen UCI faculty members have been included in the Highly Cited Researchers list for 2022. The list of 7,225 names is drawn from academic papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science citation index over the past decade. Click the link above to see who made the list.

Grant helps professor improve community college impact

Di Xu was a graduate student the first time she interviewed community college students for her research. Now an associate professor of education at UCI, Xu recalls that the encounter helped launch her career researching higher education from an economic perspective, with a focus on community colleges. Recently, Xu received $3.6 million in federal grants to lead a team researching courses at 23 community colleges in Virginia in an effort to improve their impact on student success.

UAW strike update

The UAW strike on UC campuses, including UCI, is ongoing. Negotiations continue, as do instruction and research. A message to all students was issued yesterday by Michael Dennin, vice provost for teaching and learning and Gillian Hayes, vice provost for graduate education. The latest FAQs and information are available on the provost's continuity webpage.


UC Berkeley withdrawing from U.S. News law-school ranking

Joining both Yale and Harvard Universities, UC Berkeley School of Law is withdrawing from the U.S. News & World Report law-school ranking. The move was announced yesterday by Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinksy (who also founded UCI’s law school) and came just one day after Yale Law School and Harvard Law School pulled out of the high-profile publication. Berkeley’s law school came in at No. 9 in the latest U.S. News ranking.


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Best Female Scientists in the World 2022 Ranking

Research.com, Nov. 17
Cited: Susan O’Brien, professor of hematology/oncology; Jacquelynne Eccles, Distinguished Professor of education; Hoda Anton-Culver, Distinguished Professor of epidemiology; Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of psychological science; criminology, law and society; cognitive sciences; and law; Christine Gall, Distinguished Professor and chair of anatomy & neurobiology

Adding CBD to THC Won’t Reduce the Effects of Cannabis That Get You ‘High'

Healthline, Nov. 17, 2022
Cited: Daniele Piomelli, professor of medicine and director of the UCI Center for the Study of Cannabis

FBL79: Gloria Mark - Understanding Attention in the Digital Age

Singularity Radio (podcast), Nov. 14
Guest: Gloria Mark, Chancellor's Professor of informatics


Anteaters cross their wrists in a show of solidarity for International Students Day yesterday.

Anteaters cross their wrists in a show of solidarity for International Students Day yesterday.

Happy International Students Day!

Although the date was originally chosen to commemorate the murder and persecution of Czech students by Nazi forces on Nov. 17, 1939, International Students Day has since evolved to become a more general celebration of multiculturalism at college campuses across the United States and the world. UCI currently has 6,665 international students on campus, 4,841 of whom are undergraduates, making up roughly 18% of the student body.

Correction: In yesterday’s #UCIConnected, an item on the women’s soccer team incorrectly said the squad beat UCLA to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament this year. That was last year. This year, the team beat USC. Go Anteaters!

#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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