April 25, 2023
UCI Digest
Yellow blooms greet students in Aldrich Park. (Photo: Steve Zylius)
Yellow blooms greet students in Aldrich Park. (Photo: Steve Zylius)


Graduate programs shine in U.S. News & World Report rankings

The newly released rankings emphasize the continued excellence of UCI’s School of Education (pictured), which ranked fourth among public universities and 11th overall. Steve Zylius / UCI

Nine fields of advanced study at UCI were ranked in the top 20 among public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-24 graduate school rankings, published online today. The rankings underscore the continued distinction of the School of Education, which placed fourth among public universities and 11th overall. “UCI has established itself as a world-class public research university in a wide range of graduate disciplines,” said Gillian Hayes, vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate Division. “These rankings confirm that our campus offers challenging and intellectually rich opportunities for students of all backgrounds to achieve academic and professional excellence.”

UCI baseball hosts City of Irvine Day at Anteater Ballpark

UCI pitcher Finnegan Wall UCI Athletics
UCI is partnering with the City of Irvine to host City of Irvine Day at Anteater Ballpark on May 6. Residents are invited to watch the Anteater baseball team take on the University of Hawaii while celebrating the relationship between the city and the campus. Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan will throw out the first pitch. The event will begin at 1 p.m. Discounted tickets for both general-admission grass seating and home-plate reserved seating are available at uicirvinesports.com/irvine. For UCI’s clear-bag spectator policies and general information, visit ucirvinesports.com.


Endangered Species Act turns 50

When the Endangered Species Act became law in 1973, some of North America’s most iconic animals were on the brink of extinction. But a growing environmental movement — one that united people on both sides of the political aisle — helped turn the tide. Even before that major milestone, UC scientists, biologists, veterinarians and researchers were on the frontlines of wildlife conservation, a role they continue to play today.

Revamped ‘Ask UCPath’ website debuts

The UCPath Center has just launched a redesigned, enhanced version of its “Ask UCPath” website. The improved design provides users with quick search options and easy access to self-service resources. Employee features include an enhanced “resources” page with links to the benefits-billing portal, benefits deduction calendar, payroll calendar and salary overpayment portal.


Seventh annual UCI Giving Day a success

Thank you - Seventh annual UCI Giving Day a success

On April 18, more than 2,800 supporters from 42 states and 15 countries rallied to make a record-breaking 3,638 gifts in support of vital campus programs and UCI Health initiatives. In total, $2,165,065 was raised, including over $1.1 million to directly support scholarships and programs that enrich student life. Thank you to all who participated – either by making a gift or sharing a campaign page with family and friends.

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Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.
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Irvine will be home to country’s first all-electric hospital

The Orange County Register, April 25
Cited: Joe Brothman, facilities and general services director at UCI Health

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How the Pacific Ocean plays a role in climate control since the ice age

Spectrum News 1, April 25
Cited: Patrick Rafter, assistant researcher of Earth system science

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Sorry, You’ve Been Rejected. Now Let’s Party.

The New York Times, April 25
Cited: Barbara Sarnecka, professor of cognitive sciences and associate dean of graduate studies and research


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