Aug. 2, 2023
UCI Digest
One of the seemingly infinite patterns of falling water is created by the Infinity Fountain in physical sciences.
One of the seemingly infinite patterns of falling water is created by the Infinity Fountain in physical sciences. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Recent OC flooding highlights global warming impact

Twice in the past week, Newport Beach has seen tide-related flooding along the coast, something that doesn’t tend to happen in summer. However, the rise of El Nino this year portends wetter weather – and more storms and flooding – for California in the coming months. With this in mind, The Orange County Register interviewed Brett Sanders, a UCI coastal engineering expert and professor of civil and environmental engineering, who believes the flooding is a glimpse into the future. Says Sanders: “The water levels we’ll see for the next few months potentially will be elevated in a way future sea level rise will be like on a regular basis.”

UCI receives record amount of research funding

Dr.  Richard Van Etten
In fiscal 2022-23, which ended on June 30, UCI received the most research funding in campus history: $653 million in grants and contracts. Awards from federal and state agencies, leading foundations and forward-thinking companies rose by 12.7 percent over the 2021-22 total of $580 million, reflecting strong support for UCI’s top-ranked faculty, first-rate facilities, diverse and talented student body, and community-based research programs. Leading recipients included the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, led by Dr. Richard Van Etten (above), which received $106 million for basic, translational and clinical studies.

3 questions with Errol Arkilic

Errol Arkilic
For faculty, investors and entrepreneurs, UCI Beall Applied Innovation is a partner in developing UCI knowledge and innovations. Under the leadership of UCI’s chief innovation officer, Errol Arkilic, BAI has attracted $34.1 billion in investments and returns for UCI startups, contributing $6.4 billion to the local economy. Arkilic, who joined UCI in 2021, answers three questions about his positions at UCI and the role BAI plays on campus and in the community.


UC Irvine tweet featuring two people holding hands and walking at previous anti-cancer challenge event.
@UCIrvine tweeted: Join the UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 2. Whether you ride, run, or walk, your participation directly funds vital research, paving the way for innovations in cancer prevention, treatment, and cures.
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ABC logo

Trump indicted for third time

KABC, Aug. 1
Cited: Tony Smith, professor of political science and law

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COVID May Feel Like A Thing Of The Past, But Case Numbers Are Ticking Up This Summer. What’s Behind It?

LAist – AirTalk, Aug. 1
Cited: Dr. Shruti Gohil, assistant professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention

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We’re in a really odd hurricane season

Vox, Aug. 2
Cited: Jane Baldwin, assistant professor of earth system science

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