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Dec. 14 - Beach erosion study; campus tragedy message

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At the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, three native flowers (desert sunflower, desert purple verbena and dune evening primrose) bloom with Coyote Mountain

At the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, three native flowers (desert sunflower, desert purple verbena and dune evening primrose) bloom with Coyote Mountain and snow-capped Toro Peak in the background. UCI manages the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center, which hosts research in the park. Photo by Sicco H. Rood/UCI


Beach erosion study offers dire warnings

This week, The Orange County Register is running a series of articles – featuring a UCI professor – about the rapid erosion of Southern California’s beaches. One study predicts two-thirds of the beaches, which attract millions of visitors each year, could be gone by 2100 if no one intervenes. “If we have no sand, it’s like a car and we’ve taken the engine out of it,” said UCI civil engineering professor Brett Sanders, a leading expert on coastal erosion.

Chancellor Gillman addresses campus tragedy

In a Tuesday night message to the UCI community, Chancellor Howard Gillman expressed grief about two deaths on campus earlier in the day. “We are still gathering information about who the victims are and exactly what happened, but law enforcement has informed us that there is no ongoing danger to our community,” said Gillman.


UAW strike update

The University of California and the United Auto Workers have entered private mediation to assist in overcoming recent negotiation gridlock. FAQs and updates are available on the provost's continuity webpage. Systemwide information is available on UC’s strike page.


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Doctors Share What to Know About Flu Season and How to Stay Out of the ER

Eat This, Not That!, Dec. 14
Cited: Bernadette Boden-Albala, director and founding dean of the Program in Public Health

Holly Christensen: Alzheimer's research in people with Down syndrome benefits all

Akron Beacon Journal, Dec. 11
Cited: Elizabeth Head, vice chair for research and professor of neuropathology

China’s Care Homes Scramble to Protect Elderly From Covid Surge

Bloomberg, Dec. 14
Cited: Feng Wang, professor of sociology


Maksim Plikus is a UCI professor of developmental and cell biology. Photo by Julie Kennedy/UCI

Maksim Plikus is a UCI professor of developmental and cell biology. Photo by Julie Kennedy/UCI

UCI hair loss research among top UC science breakthroughs of 2022

Just this year, UC researchers released the first complete, gapless sequence of the human genome; developed applications for Nobel Prize-winning CRISPR technology to fight climate change; and kicked off an ingenious pilot project to cover California’s canals with solar panels. Among the major breakthroughs this year, UCI researchers led by Professor Maksim Plikus identified the molecule that signals hair growth.

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