March 2 - Objects of the dead; drug-resistant superbugs
Anteater Time Machine: Then and now photos from under the Humanities bridge appear in the latest issue of UCI Magazine. Above, a 1967 shot by Ansel Adams; below, a 2023 pic by UCI’s Steve Zylius.
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
‘Objects of the Dead’ exhibit becomes a book
An attention-grabbing exhibit that paired items owned by dead people with prose and poetry has been turned into a book co-authored by UCI English lecturer Lorene Delany-Ullman. Featuring photos of an antique slot machine (left), a prosthetic leg, a set of forks from World War II and other keepsakes, Saved: Objects of the Dead explores how survivors memorialize deceased loved ones. The touring collection, which made a stop at UCI in 2020, garnered national media coverage. In a Q&A, Delany-Ullman discusses the project’s background and her approach to writing and teaching about grief, memory and mourning.
Combating antibiotic-resistant superbugs
The number of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant germs is on the rise. But Dr. Susan Huang, medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention for UCI Health, has developed a method to dramatically lower the risk for patients in intensive-care units. She explains why drug-resistant superbugs are a growing danger and steps people can take to reduce the threat.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Half of California no longer in drought
Rain and snowfall since late last year have freed half of California from drought, but low groundwater levels remain a persistent problem, according to U.S. Drought Monitor data released today.
The collectors who spend thousands on rare Hot Wheels
How did some of Mattel’s one-time 59-cent toy cars become five-figure collectibles? And what drives grown men and women to spend princely sums chasing them? The Hustle explores the history of Hot Wheels and their evolution into an expensive hobby.
UCI IN THE NEWS
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Toilet Paper May Be a Source of Cancer-Causing PFAS in Wastewater, Study Says
Healthline, March 1
Cited: Scott Bartell, professor of environmental and occupational health
Columnist: Futuristic vaccine to prevent Alzheimer’s starts local trial
The Orange County Register, March 2
Cited: David Sultzer, professor of psychiatry & human behavior
How Is AI Technology Being Implemented In K-12 Classrooms?
LAist, March 1
Cited: Mark Warschauer, professor of education and informatics, and director of Digital Learning Lab
Women in Tech @ UCI announces 2023 Applause awards
Not every UCI star ends up decorating the side of a bus (see below), but that doesn’t mean their accomplishments go unrecognized. For Women’s History Month, Women in Tech @ UCI is honoring 10 Applause Program recipients who embody the group’s “Advance. Inspire. Empower. Act.” motto in the workplace. The recipients were nominated by colleagues.
Rehana Morita majors in Asian American studies and film & media studies.
Anteater Express buses showcase UCI shining stars
This week, we’re highlighting some of the UCI shining stars whose images appear on the sides of Anteater Express buses. The ad campaign features 10 students, faculty, staff and alumni who are dedicated to enhancing lives through teaching, cutting-edge research or public service. Be on the lookout for buses with these stellar Anteaters. #UCIPride
#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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