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March 14 - 700+ UC students to become M.D.s; OIT survey ending

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Bighorn sheep strike a pose at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. UCI manages the nearby Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center. Photo by Sicco Rood/UCI

Bighorn sheep strike a pose at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. UCI manages the nearby Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center. Photo by Sicco Rood/UCI


OIT survey ends Friday

OIT survey ends Friday

UCI employees are encouraged to complete the Office of Information Technology user survey before it closes this Friday. Among those who take the survey, a few lucky winners will be chosen to receive Amazon gift cards or even an iPad. Employees will need to look for their individual link and access code in an email that was sent to them on Feb. 28.

Episode 40: Online Course Quality

In the latest Dennin Insights post, Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning Michael Dennin addresses concerns about online courses, including a perceived risk of poor quality. He postulates that thinking about courses and pedagogy on a regular basis enables continual improvement.

Anteater Insider podcast: Navigating barriers to student success

In this episode of Anteater Insider, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Patricia Morales and Director of Undergraduate Advising for the School of Social Ecology Danielle Primavera discuss how they collaborate on lifting the student experience to meet students where they are in their academic journey. Together, they reflect on how their partnership is helping advisers to navigate a successful path to graduation for social ecology students.


Meet California’s next wave of physicians

This year, more than 700 University of California medical students will earn the title of M.D. next to their name. That’s a big accomplishment in its own right, but this year’s graduating class did it while also contending with a global pandemic. The future doctors saw firsthand how patients from underserved communities were more likely to get sick and die from COVID-19. But there were silver linings too, such as the growth of telemedicine, an innovation that is helping to ease the physician shortage by making it easier to meet with doctors and specialists. And the nation began a long overdue reckoning about health disparities.

Here is the story of one UCI medical student, Alonso Rodriguez.

What to know about pi on Pi Day

Pi Day occurs on March 14, because the date is written as 3/14 in the United States. If you're serious about math, celebrate the day at 1:59 a.m. or p.m. so you can reach the first six numbers of pi, 3.14159. March 14 is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. Read on for more fun facts about pi.


Let’s Talk Trash
Thursday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Sustainability Resource Center)

SAT & ACT: Which is right for my child?
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

International Conference: Women at the Piano 1848-1970
Thursday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

A Fireside Chat with Jennifer Aaron and Judy Wu
Thursday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by Asian Pacific Islander Staff & Faculty Association)

Saved: Objects of the Dead” –  A Reading, Conversation and Book Signing
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations)

Tenth Thursday – Winter 2023
Thursday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


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.

Our Attention Spans Are Declining, and Technology Is Not Solely To Blame

Newsweek, March 13
Cited: Gloria Mark, Chancellor’s professor of informatics

Bank rules rollback contributed to SVB’s failure, critics say

Marketplace, March 13
Cited: Erin Lockwood, assistant professor, political science

Student Athletes Get Mental Health Strength Training

Inside Higher Ed, March 14
Cited: Doug Everhart, director of student wellness and health promotion


From left, UCI Grad Slam champ Muhammad Twaha Ibrahim stands with runner-up Audrey Odwuor, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate Division Gillian Hayes and runner-up Emani Dotch. (Odwuor and Dotch tied for second place.) Photo by Sean Collins/UCI

From left, UCI Grad Slam champ Muhammad Twaha Ibrahim stands with runner-up Audrey Odwuor, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate Division Gillian Hayes and runner-up Emani Dotch. (Odwuor and Dotch tied for second place.) Photo by Sean Collins/UCI

Graduate Division hosts annual Grad Slam

Grad Slam is a competition in which 10 of UCI's top graduate researchers deliver a live, three-minute pitch on their research and its importance. In his third year competing in the event, Muhammad Twaha Ibrahim, pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science, won the 2023 campus competition and took home $6,000. Twaha will represent UCI at the Grad Slam Systemwide Finals on May 5. The 2023 contest will be emceed by UC President Michael Drake at LinkedIn’s headquarters in San Francisco. Emani Dotch and Audrey Odwuor tied for second place and collected $2,500 each. To watch the full Grad Slam competition, check out this video.

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