Sept. 19, 2023
UCI Digest
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A student gets some study time in McGaugh Hall. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


UCI-OC Alliance advances Latinos on campus

UCI-OC Alliance founding member Fernando Niebla meets with UCI student Christian Rabadan
Established by UCI Foundation trustees in 2021, the UCI-OC Alliance connects local leaders and businesses with the university to advance Latino students, staff and faculty through dozens of programs, scholarships, support groups and events. The alliance figures to play a critical role in UCI’s aspiration to further its Hispanic-serving status by doubling the number of Latino doctoral students and increasing Latino faculty members by 20% by 2030.

Vaccines available for upcoming cold season

Dr. Charles Vega smiling, wearing a stethoscope around his neck with UCI Health building behind
Three respiratory virus vaccines will be available for the 2023-24 cold season, giving an opportunity for broad protection against serious illness. Vulnerable older adults in particular need the defense the shots offer against COVID-19, RSV and the flu, says UCI Health family medicine physician Dr. Charles Vega (above). He spoke to Patient Care about the importance of the vaccine in the senior population.


UC Advocacy Network criticizes education bill

As the Sept. 30 deadline looms for funding for the next federal fiscal year, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering an education funding bill that would cut programs that make college and graduate school more accessible and affordable. According to a Sept. 18 statement by the UC Advocacy Network, thousands of UC students could see their aid packages slashed if the bill passes. The statement urges UC community members to contact their local congressperson.


UCI dean captains Semester at Sea program

Dean Rameen wear blue shirt that reads Semester At Sea
Rameen Talesh, dean of students and associate vice chancellor for student life and leadership, is taking on a new task this fall: executive dean for Semester at Sea, which has brought more than 73,000 voyagers from 1,700 institutions to more than 60 countries since it began in 1963. As new voyagers prepare to reach their first port of the fall, Talesh discussed his role and his hopes for the program.
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Men now targeted by Iranian regime as women protest for equal rights

ABC News, Sept. 19
Cited: Nasrin Rahimieh, associate dean, School of Humanities

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An app’s worth is partly the data it’s got on you, the customer

Marketplace, Sept. 18
Cited: Vijay Gurbaxani, professor of business and computer science

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A Conversation On The Perspective Change Surrounding The Impact Of Influenza

Patient Care, Sept. 19 (video)
Guest: Dr. Charles Vega, clinical professor of family medicine and director of PRIME-LC

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