Aug. 28, 2023
UCI Digest
Pine needles provide ground cover in the back of the Gateway Study Center.
Remnants of the tropical storm, pine needles provide ground cover in the back of the Gateway Study Center. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Adding Native American voices to wildfire planning

Top row, left to right: Richland, Zarate and Hapke. Bottom, left to right: Blanchette, Johnson
Although many of California’s 100 Indian reservations face severe wildfire threats, tribal leaders are commonly omitted from efforts to plan for such conflagrations. A team of researchers from UCI and UC Santa Barbara hopes to change that, using a grant from the National Science Foundation. Led by Justin Richland, UCI professor and chair of anthropology, the group will lead a series of planning discussions, drafting exercises and site visits with tribal leaders, fire science ecologists, government officials and social scientists to develop a proposal for wildland fire research science and management in the Payahuunadü/Owens Valley & Eastern Sierra region. Joining Richland in this work are Salvador Zárate, UCI assistant professor of anthropology; Holly Hapke, UCI director of research development in social sciences; Carol Blanchette, UCSB associate research biologist and director of the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory; and Gregory Johnson, UCSB professor of religious studies.

Fighting back-to-school anxiety

Child wearing a backpack with children in background jumping
Anxiety is a common part of the back-to-school experience for children. How can you and your child defuse such feelings? Jessie Borelli, a UCI professor of psychological science and a clinical psychologist specializing in developmental psychopathology, offers three ways to help kids move past their jitters and get into the action this fall.


Free speech center fellows showcase research projects 

The University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement shares the cutting-edge research projects completed by its 2022-23 class of fellows. Projects include analysis of emerging legislative threats to academic freedom and racial inclusion, a toolkit for effective student advocacy and guidance for ways to manage speech on social media. This research continues the center's work to help educational institutions and communities foster environments that protect free expression, encourage activism, and promote diversity and inclusion.


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Cook’s Corner mass shooting a horrifically common display of domestic violence

The Orange County Register, Aug. 26 
Cited: Jane Stoever, clinical professor of law and director of Initiative to End Family Violence

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Shrinking California Still Dreams, but More Modestly

The New York Times, Aug. 27
Cited: Héctor Tobar, professor of Chicano/Latino studies

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Armed with traffic cones, protesters are immobilizing driverless cars

NPR, Aug. 26
Cited: Ziwen Wan, Ph.D. candidate in computer science

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