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Jan. 20, 2023

Birds attracted by aloe blooms provide a colorful scene in Aldrich Park
Birds attracted by aloe blooms provide a colorful scene in Aldrich Park. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Michael Méndez is an assistant professor of urban planning and public policy.
Michael Méndez is an assistant professor of urban planning and public policy.

UCI professor honored for urban planning contributions

Michael Méndez, assistant professor of urban planning and public policy, has won Cal Poly Pomona’s 2023 William R. and June Dale Scholar Prize, which honors scholars in the field of environmental justice. Last year, Méndez was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, receiving $200,000 for a research sabbatical that focuses on climate change-related natural disasters and social vulnerability. In 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Méndez to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. 

UCI scientists – guided by seals – use robot to map underwater Antarctic land mass

A detailed story in today’s Washington Post describes how a team of researchers led by UCI’s Eric Rignot, an Earth systems scientist, has made “striking” discoveries involving land elevations beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, including an abyss equal in depth to two Grand Canyons.


Friday fun fact

Student development: UC undergraduates report the greatest gains in understanding racial and ethnic and then social class and economic differences or issues compared to when they started.  

UC's benefit plans offer emergency assistance

If you need extra assistance during a natural disaster or another emergency, please contact your plan directly. Customer service representatives will do their best to offer the help you need as quickly as possible with everything from seeking medical and mental health care to replacing lost prescriptions and accessing retirement savings for emergency expenses.

UC’s Travel Council seeks survey input

UC’s Travel Council is seeking participants for a brief 5-minute survey that will allow it to manage ongoing relationships with major airlines, hotels and car rental companies. Responses will be anonymous (categorized only by role and campus), compiled and analyzed, with major results reported to campus leadership and to UC's Travel Council. If someone else made your travel arrangements for you, or if you know of others in your division who may be interested in this survey, please forward the survey link to them.


From Idea to Business
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Community Lecture Series
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Eric Swanson, professor of economics, cited in TIME

What the U.S. Hitting the Debt Ceiling Means for You

Time, Jan. 19
Cited: Eric Swanson, professor of economics

Jeff Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history, cited in The Guardian

Xi’s authority dented by sudden Covid U-turn but iron grip on power is undimmed

The Guardian, Jan. 19
Cited: Jeff Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history

Anamara Ritt-Olson, associate professor in residence, cited in Authority Magazine

Anamara Ritt-Olson of UCI Public Health On How We Can Solve The Loneliness Epidemic Among Young People

Authority Magazine, Jan. 19
Cited: Anamara Ritt-Olson, associate professor in residence and director of academic programs for the Program in Public Health


UCI tweets images from Lunar New Year celebration.

UCI rings in the Lunar New Year with a Dragon Dance, Feeding of the Lions and Taiko Drummers

@UCIrvine tweeted: Wishing the Anteater community health, luck and prosperity throughout the year!

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