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March 13 - Science Olympiad returns; med students await Match Day

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Snow-laden mountains loom over the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Snow-laden mountains loom over the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. UCI manages the nearby Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center. Follow the center’s Facebook page for more images and videos of the park. Photo by Sicco Rood/UCI


Kimberly Edwards is a professor of teaching in the Department of Chemistry

Kimberly Edwards is a professor of teaching in the Department of Chemistry. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

UCI welcomes back Orange County Regional Science Olympiad

For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, UCI once again hosted the Orange County Regional Science Olympiad on Feb. 25. More than 1,000 students from middle and high schools throughout the county arrived on campus to undergo written exams and engage in partnered science projects and experiments. UCI’s Kimberly Edwards, a professor of teaching in the Department of Chemistry, has led the university’s involvement in the Science Olympiad, which began in 1984, since it moved to the Irvine campus in 2015.

Graduating UCI medical students (from left) Anna Rasmussen, Hinesh Patel and Kate Boudreau

Graduating UCI medical students (from left) Anna Rasmussen, Hinesh Patel and Kate Boudreau will learn Friday where they’ll serve their residencies. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Medical students eagerly await Friday’s residency program Match Day 

This Friday, thousands of medical students across the U.S. – including 98 from UCI – will learn where they’ll spend the next three to seven years in residency programs they’ve been “matched” with after earning their M.D. degrees this spring. All pandemic restrictions for in-person attendance have been eliminated for this year’s event at UCI, allowing the class of 2023 to invite friends and family to share the Match Day experience. Pat Harriman recently spoke to three of these students about their stories and hopes for the future.


3-year anniversary of COVID-19 pandemic raises questions

On the third anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus still spreads and the death toll nears 7 million worldwide, reports the Associated Press. While most people have resumed normal lives, experts warn that the virus appears here to stay, along with the threat of a more dangerous version sweeping the planet.

Yet another atmospheric river to hit rain-soaked California

Another warm-air atmospheric river storm will drop more rain and snow on California this week, raising concerns about additional flooding and snowmelt in the already soaked state, according to the Los Angeles Times. The storm, which originated near Hawaii, is expected to intensify Monday into Wednesday. The National Weather Service warns that it will create “considerable flooding impacts below 5,000 feet elevation across much of the California Coast and Central Valley and over the southern Sierra Nevada foothills.” Between 1 and 2 inches of rain is expected in Southern California foothills and coastal areas.


UCI Guitar Ensemble - Winter 2023
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

UCI Chamber Singers - Winter 2023 | Annelies: The Voice of Anne Frank
Wednesday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

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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.

Opinion: Japan Buries Memories of Its Last War and Worries About Another

The New York Times, March 10
Cited: David Fedman, associate professor of history

Chaos ensues across U.S. over abortion rights

MSNBC, March 11
Cited: Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of law and founding director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy

Column: Brain-twisted or brain-washed – can crossword puzzles and word games sharpen memory?

Los Angeles Times, March 11
Cited: Dr. Claudia Kawas, professor of neurology and neurobiology & behavior, and Nichols Term Chair in Neuroscience


UCI Public Affairs tweet recognizes Sora Park Tanjasiri, Tiffany Lopez and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu.

Celebrating the ‘kickass women’ of UC Irvine

@UCIPubAffairs: Last Thursday, 3 @UCIrvine women were recognized for their contributions to communities they serve by @OrangeCoastmag! Congratulations to Sora Park Tanjasiri, Tiffany López and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu.


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