Sept. 13, 2023
UCI Digest
Person walking along anteater mosaic in Gateway Plaza.
The largest anteater on campus is the mosaic in Gateway Plaza designed by Gregory Jue. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Princeton Review and New York Times rankings highlight UCI

Student in cap and gown holds up camera for selfie with Peter the Anteater mascot
In the most recent Princeton Review college survey, UCI ranked ninth among America’s public universities for best value. The Princeton Review cited UCI’s stellar academics, affordability through comparatively lower tuition costs and generous financial aid, and strong career prospects for graduates. And, on Sept. 7, The New York Times posted its College-Access Index, a list of the country’s 286 most selective universities ranked in order of economic diversity. UCI rated No. 16, making it the highest-rated public institution in California and tied for highest-rated among members of the prestigious Association of American Universities.

UCI competes at WAC/Big West showdown

UC Irvine women's volleyball player Isabella Scarlett spikes volleyball
Follow women’s volleyball as UCI will wrap up non-conference action at the WAC/Big West Showdown held in Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Gym on Friday and Saturday. WAC teams enter the week with a 10-8 record, while the Big West squads are 3-13. Visit the UCI Sports website for more storylines on this competition.


Donor creates scholarship for students passionate about music

Alec Glasser sits at the bar at The Drake Restaurant
UCI students who are passionate about music, even if they aren’t music majors, can now apply for scholarships, thanks to a $100,000 pledge from The Drake Gives, a charitable organization founded by commercial developer and restaurateur Alec Glasser. Glasser, who owns The Drake Restaurant in Laguna Beach, learned to play saxophone, clarinet and flute in public schools in New York, where he grew up. He believes everyone should have a chance to study and enjoy music, even if they don’t become musicians. “We believe that music is a fundamental part of the soul and it can be applied in many different contexts,” he says. Watch this brief video to learn more.
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What Can Turmeric Actually Do for Your Health?

The New York Times, Sept. 13
Cited: Mahtab Jafari, professor of pharmaceutical sciences

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In a first, spyware is found on phone of prominent Russian journalist

The Washington Post, Sept. 13
Cited: David Kaye, clinical professor of law

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Should you get a Covid booster?

Motherly, Sept. 12
Cited: Keri Hurley, associate clinical professor of health sciences

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