April 6, 2023
UCI Digest
Anteater Time Machine: A bird’s-eye view of UCI in spring 1970.
Anteater Time Machine: A bird’s-eye view of UCI in spring 1970.


Study finds way to block high-fat diet from wrecking metabolism

Mei Kong, professor of molecular biology & biochemistry and the study’s corresponding author
In a discovery that could help overcome such disorders as obesity, diabetes and fatty liver disease, UCI biologists have found a way to prevent high-fat diets from throwing off a person’s metabolism. After removing part of a protein that balances metabolism, researchers “were surprised by how well [the mice] maintained normal weight, avoiding obesity and development of diabetes,” said Mei Kong, above, professor of molecular biology & biochemistry and the study’s corresponding author.

Engineer breaks Guinness record for drone flight

 Engineer breaks Guinness record for drone flight
Under the direction of Peter Burke, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, a drone in Irvine was remotely operated by a pilot 11,000 miles away on a French island in the Indian Ocean. The technology could be used for everything from rescue missions and railway safety inspections to water, forest and land surveying. In the video above, fast-forward to 0:52 to see the experiment. A Samueli School of Engineering article supplies more details.

UCI rolls out Life Resources Program

A free service that offers emotional support, work-life solutions, legal guidance and financial resources is available for all UCI faculty, academic personnel, staff, retirees and their families. Previously known as the Employee Assistance Program, the new version is called the Life Resources Program. For information, visit liferesources.uci.edu or call 844-824-3273.


Sahar Aziz: The Racial Muslim
Monday, noon (sponsored by Center on Law, Equality and Race)

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Alumni (and emeriti) spotlight

From left, Jenn Harris, Richard B. McKenzie and Arnel Sancianco.
From left, Jenn Harris, Richard B. McKenzie and Arnel Sancianco.

Jenn Harris ’07, literary journalism, is a food columnist at the Los Angeles Times, where she has written about $500 milkshakes, toured bakeries with Martha Stewart and hosted “The Bucket List,” a video series on fried chicken (season 1) and dumplings (season 2).

Richard B. McKenzie, emeritus professor of economics at the Merage School of Business, just published Reality is Tricky: Contrarian Takes on Contested Economic Issues, as well as an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal. In addition to his books on economics, he has written extensively about orphanages, including a memoir about his own experience growing up in one.

Arnel Sancianco ’13, drama, is an award-winning set designer and assistant professor of scenic design at Arizona State University. The self-described “theater nerd” has created sets for plays across the U.S., in venues ranging from small storefronts to large opera houses.

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The New Nasal Spray That Can Reverse a Deadly Overdose Is Now Available Over the Counter

Parade, April 5
Cited: Jonathan Watanabe, associate dean of pharmacy assessment and quality

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Opinion: Silicon Valley Bank Was Still Solvent? Not So Fast

The Wall Street Journal, April 5
Author: Philippe Jorion, Dean’s Professor of finance

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What We Get Wrong About Death, According To End-Of-Life Workers

HuffPost, April 5
Cited: Dr. Solomon Liao, professor of medicine


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