May 30, 2023
UCI Digest
Eastern redbud trees bloom along Ring Road between Engineering and ICS. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)
Eastern redbud trees bloom along Ring Road between Engineering and ICS. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Courageous corazones

Associate Professor Michelle Fortier
A pilot intervention is helping Latino families care for their children with cancer. Associate Professor Michelle Fortier, a clinical psychologist and pediatric pain expert at the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, designed Corazones Unidos Por Una Vida (Hearts United for Life) for family well-being intervention and health literacy in culturally appropriate ways. “Partnering with the community is a consistent thread throughout my research,” she says. “For that to be effective, you have to ask yourself, ‘Are we asking questions that are relevant to the community?’ When we work with our Spanish-speaking community, I learned that I was asking the wrong questions.”

Lifesaving overdose drug still difficult to access

When a drug to reverse opioid overdoses became available over the counter across the U.S. in March, it was hailed as a “strong step forward” in preventing deaths. However, hurdles to accessing naloxone, such as dispensing regulations and fear of stigma, are limiting wider use. UCI Health emergency medicine physician Dr. Bharath Chakravarthy spoke to The Guardian about one of the barriers: insisting someone go to the store to get it.


How to land a job at University of California

How to land a job at University of California video
The UC Alumni Career Network webinar series recently featured its latest installment, “How to land a job at the University of California.” With 10 campuses, five healthcare centers, three national labs and numerous academic and administrative areas, UC offers professional growth and advancement. Those with an interest to contribute to the university’s core missions of public service, teaching and research can learn more about the benefits and career opportunities at UC.


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Celebrating AAPI alumni

Howard Hsieh ’95, political science, vice president of business strategy and development at Paramount Pictures
Howard Hsieh ’95, political science, vice president of business strategy and development at Paramount Pictures, stays connected with his alma mater as a founding member of the Dean’s Leadership Society in the School of Social Sciences. “My time at UCI completely informed who I am today,” says Hsieh. “When I coach young students today, part of the advice I give them is that they don’t need to know what they want to do. But they need to try a lot of things, because finding out what you don’t want to do is just as important.”
#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


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Opinion: Beyond the ‘Matrix’ Theory of the Mind

The New York Times, May 28
Cited: Gloria Mark, Chancellor’s professor of information science

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TikTok—banned or not, it’s probably here to stay, an Ars Frontiers 2023 recap

Ars Technica, May 26
Cited: Bryan Cunningham, executive director, Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education logo

Dr. Dyonne Bergeron Appointed CDO and Vice Chancellor for DEI at UC Irvine

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, May 26
Cited: Dyonne Bergeron, (incoming) chief diversity officer


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