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Feb. 14 - Love at UCI, new media training program

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One of two cactus wrens perches on a heart-shaped prickly pear plant in the UCI Ecological Preserve. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

One of two cactus wrens perches on a heart-shaped prickly pear plant in the UCI Ecological Preserve. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Love is in the air: Merage school brings couples together - James and Vanessa and George and Margot

Love is in the air: Merage school brings couples together

While many students attend the Paul Merage School of Business to earn an MBA and advance their future career opportunities, it’s not uncommon to hear stories of some falling in love along the way. Here’s the tale of four people who came to UCI looking for an education, but ended up finding more than they expected.

UCI Strategic Communications offers online media training for academics

Take your media interviewing skills to the next level with “Media Training for Academics, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Spotlight.” It’s a Canvas-based, self-paced course driven by a series of short videos and exercises covering such topics as: What makes news; how to identify, develop and deliver your messages for the media; what to do when a reporter calls; how to prepare for on-camera interviews; how to write and pitch your own op-ed piece; and how to set up professional-style video-call interviews. Learn more and get a link to the course registration page on the UCI Communications website or by clicking Enroll in Course (UCINetID required). Once enrolled, you can navigate the Module 1, 2, 3, 4 links at the top of each course page.

Heart-healthy recipes

February is American Heart Month, and Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute Executive Chef Jessica VanRoo created recipes for collard green lasagna and vegetarian ramen that offer a healthier version of comfort food favorites.

School of Medicine celebrates Black History Month

The first observance of Black History Month took place at Kent State University in 1970, six years before it became a nationally recognized celebration. It is fitting that such a significant aspect of modern American culture was conceived at a public research university. As the only public medical school in Orange County, the UCI School of Medicine aims to embody the spirit of Black History Month by promoting academic excellence and health equity for the betterment of African, Black and Caribbean communities. Read more about the school’s efforts.


Apply to become the next staff adviser to UC Regents

Applications to be staff adviser to the regents are open for staff or non-senate academic employees who have at least five years of UC service, offering a unique opportunity to represent and serve your colleagues. The application period ends March 24 for a two-year term that runs from July 2023 to June 2025. Staff advisers serve as non-voting members of designated regents' committees; they attend and participate directly in committee and board meetings throughout their term. They also meet extensively with staff to understand their needs and learn from their experiences. Those interested can also reach out to UCI staff members Kate Klimow, Jason Valdry or Sherry Main, who have served as a staff adviser to the regents.


My Mother’s Body, or Mapping the Biological Life of Jim Crow
Thursday, 3:30 p.m. (sponsored by School of Social Sciences)

Reproductive Justice at UCI: Tamp-into Reusables
Thursday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Womxn’s Center for Success)

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Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

UC Irvine computer science program to get $35.5 million in university’s largest alumni gift

Los Angeles Times, Feb. 13
Cited: Chancellor Howard Gillman

The Surprising Link Between Calcium Consumption And Heart Health

HuffPost, Feb. 14
Cited: Geeta Sikand, assistant clinical professor and director of nutrition at Preventive Cardiology Program

New Fire Features Add Romance, Comfort And Resale Value To Home Spaces

Forbes, Feb. 14
Cited: Andrea De Vizcaya Ruiz, associate professor of environmental health


Kyle Suen participated in California Ecology and Conservation, a field program held through the UC Natural Reserve System. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Kyle Suen participated in California Ecology and Conservation, a field program held through the UC Natural Reserve System. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Triple-scholarship recipient turns nature into classroom

California Ecology and Conservation is a field program held through the UC Natural Reserve System each fall. Along with a cohort of students from various UC schools last fall, UCI’s Kyle Suen didn’t step foot on the UCI campus while immersed in ecology and field research throughout the seven-week intensive course. A recipient of the Physical Sciences Dean’s Scholarship, the UCI Regents’ Scholarship and the Distinguished Honors Scholarship, Suen spent his sophomore year in the Adam Martiny lab, where he helped collect and analyze water samples from Newport Beach. Last summer, he participated in the Center for Oldest Ice Exploration Research to study ice samples and create a fire map of Antarctica.

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