Jan. 9 - Lunar New Year festival; severe weather warning
A trio of white roses blossom at the Claire Trevor Theatre. Photo by Ian Parker
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Daniel Ascencio (left), a UCI alumnus and SAGE Scholars graduate, stands alongside current SAGE students Caroline Yan (center) and Alicia Felix. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
SAGE Scholars teaches career and life skills to promising UCI students
The Student Achievement Guided by Experience program at UCI was founded in 1999 by the UC Office of the President as part of an initiative to increase the pipeline of diverse students going into the workforce and postgrad programs. Nine UC campuses originally established the program; only UCI’s remains. The two-year professional development program is open to low-income, accelerated sophomores, juniors and seniors planning to stay a fifth year at UCI. SAGE Scholars recruits these students, elevates them and connects them to opportunities to succeed.
Lunar New Year celebrations return to UCI
The Lunar New Year is, by a wide margin, the most important holiday in East Asia, celebrated by millions as an opportunity to gather with family and friends over meals, return home to honor ancestors and enjoy festive outdoor performances. On Jan. 17, UCI will celebrate the official start of the Year of the Rabbit. Ahead of the occasion, School of Social Sciences’ Jill Kato interviewed Henry Huang, a 1997 alumnus, who–with backing from the UCI Long U.S.-China Institute–played an integral role in launching the daylong campus festival.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
‘Life-threatening’ storm hits Southern California
The second “atmospheric river” of 2023 is hitting California today and Tuesday, with heavy rains and wind forecast, along with warnings of life-threatening flooding and possible mudslides and falling trees being issued across the state, including Southern California. Isolated thunderstorms are expected in Orange County tonight through Tuesday morning, with heavy rain continuing throughout the day on Tuesday.
Experts warn of potent new coronavirus strain
A new COVID-19 strain known as XBB.1.5 has quickly been spreading in the United States over the past few weeks. As of Friday, the Centers for Disease Control estimated that it made up 27.6% of cases across the country. The new subvariant has a potent array of mutations that appear to help it evade immune defenses and improve its ability to invade cells, making it the most transmissible variant that has been detected yet, according to the World Health Organization.
UC Staff: Look Ahead 2023
Wednesday, 12:05 p.m. (sponsored by UC Administrative Professionals, Staff Advisor to the Regents, and Council of Staff Assemblies)
Davina Cooper | Should the Law Recognize Multiple Genders or None?
Wednesday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Law)
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UCI IN THE NEWS
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California, Nevada no longer under 'exceptional drought' conditions following severe influx of rainfall
ABC News, Jan. 5
Cited: Amir AghaKouchak, professor of civil engineering, environmental engineering and Earth system science
How to Restore Our Dwindling Attention Spans
The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 6
Cited: Gloria Mark, Chancellor’s Professor of informatics
Why do some in Orange County die from COVID-19 but others don’t?
The Orange County Register, Jan. 8
Cited: Dan Parker, assistant professor of population health and disease prevention, and Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention
Reminder: Register now for UCI’s MLK Service Day
On Jan. 16, UCI will recognize Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service. The event is being coordinated by the Office of Campus Organizations and Volunteer Programs in collaboration with the FRESH Basic Needs Center, Cross-Cultural Center, International Center, ASUCI Anteaters in Action and the Center for Black Cultures, Resources & Research. Please register by Jan. 10 and support fellow Anteaters and our local community at the OC Food Bank.
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