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Nov. 29 - UC first gen trailblazers, UCI police win grant for child safety seat education

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The Multipurpose Science & Technology Building shows fall colors on a late November day. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

The Multipurpose Science & Technology Building shows fall colors on a late November day. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


UCI trial tests stem cell therapy for muscle atrophy

UCI Health and UCI Alpha Clinic have launched the first and only U.S. clinical trial to test the safety and tolerability of IMM01-STEM in patients with muscle atrophy related to knee osteoarthritis. People with knee osteoarthritis tend to reduce their physical exercise because of pain. Muscles in the leg help support the knee joint, so keeping them strong and healthy can limit the symptoms of osteoarthritis. The trial is the first to study this therapy in humans.

UCI police awarded grant for child safety seat education for underserved communities

The UCI Police Department received a $90,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to educate parents and caregivers in underserved communities on how to properly install and use child safety seats. Funds will be used for a variety of community outreach events, education classes, distribution of child safety seats and training on the use of such seats. Events will be held through September 2023 at UCI Health clinics in Santa Ana and Anaheim, and on the UCI campus.


UC trailblazers: the first in the family to go to college

California’s pioneering spirit is at work in thousands of UC students seeking to be the first in their family to earn a degree: 39% of UC undergraduates are first generation. They join faculty, staff, students and university leaders who were also the first to go to college.

UAW strike update

The UAW strike on UC campuses, including UCI, is ongoing. Negotiations continue, as do instruction and research. The latest FAQs and information are available on the provost's continuity webpage.


PSAT – what a score means, why it matters
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Employee Assistance Program Orientation
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Mental Health Hackathon
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by ANTrepreneur Center)

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.


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Chinese Protesters Warily Tell Xi Jinping, “Don’t Push Me”

The New Yorker, Nov. 28
Cited: Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history

The 2022 Midterms Show Just How Stuck We Are

Time, Nov. 29
Cited: Michael Tesler, professor of political science

Twitter liberals nervous about Elon Musk in direct messages

New York Post, Nov. 26
Cited: Bryan Cunningham, executive director, Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute


Meymuna Hussein-Cattan ’09, a social sciences alumna and Blum Center partner, was named one of CNN's Top 10 Heroes for work changing lives and enriching communities.

Meymuna Hussein-Cattan ’09, a social sciences alumna and Blum Center partner, was named one of CNN's Top 10 Heroes for work changing lives and enriching communities.

Passion and purpose

As the co-founder and director of the non-profit Tiyya Foundation, Meymuna Hussein-Cattan ’09, a social sciences alumna and Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation partner, provides resources and support to help refugees and immigrants successfully transition to life in the U.S. In 2020, she opened Flavors From Afar in Los Angeles, a restaurant with a rotating monthly menu featuring carefully curated international cuisine from the homeland of a refugee or immigrant chef. This year, she’s been nominated as a Top 10 CNN Hero for her work changing lives and enriching the greater Los Angeles community with shared cultures and experiences. Voting to elevate Hussein-Cattan to become THE top CNN Hero of the Year is open through Dec. 6.

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