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UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.

May 13 - New financial chief; study seeks to improve stroke care

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Taiko drummers wear performance outfits during a recent practice that was filmed in the Cross-Cultural Center

The beat goes on: Members of the taiko drum ensemble Jodaiko practice in the Cross-Cultural Center. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Mary Lou Ortiz is named chief financial officer at UCI

“Mary Lou Ortiz brings to UCI close to 30 years of outstanding experience in promoting financial stewardship, advancing the efficient use of resources, and collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders,” said Chancellor Howard Gillman. Photo by The Pennsylvania State University

Mary Lou Ortiz is named chief financial officer at UCI

When Mary Lou Ortiz assumes the post on July 18, she will also be vice chancellor for the Division of Finance and Administration. Arriving at UCI following a nationwide search, she is currently the budget officer and associate vice president for budget at The Pennsylvania State University.

UCI researchers study A.I. and machine learning to improve stroke care

The School of Medicine/UCI Health researchers/clinicians are examining how the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning can expedite the detection of stroke in diagnostic imaging. The study is also seeking ways to optimize clinical workflows for stroke care and improve patient outcomes

New UCI study reveals brain circuit responsible for cocaine withdrawal-induced anxiety and relapse-related behavior

The new research finds that drug withdrawal-induced anxiety and reinstatement of drug seeking behaviors are controlled by a single pathway in the brain and centered ar


Friday fun fact

Why UC: 95% of undergraduates cite intellectual curiosity as a top reason to choose a major, followed by preparing for a fulfilling career (91%) and preparation for graduate school (69%). 

White House marks COVID ‘tragic milestone’ in US at global summit

President Joe Biden appealed to world leaders at a COVID-19 summit Thursday to re-energize a lagging international commitment to attacking the virus. He also ordered flags be lowered to half-staff at the White House and other federal buildings through Monday evening to mark the “tragic milestone” of 1 million COVID deaths in America.


Blood Drive
Tuesday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Health)

Cup of SOAR
Tuesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Student Outreach and Retention)

Body Talk: Anti-Diet Culture
Tuesday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion) 

(De)structuring Borders: Latinx Art and Imaginary Mappings
Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

Elaine Chou ‘09, author of Disorientation
Tuesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

”COVID in Custody
Tuesday, 6:30 & 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative and Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

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Lake Powell's drought is part of a growing threat to hydropower everywhere

Popular Science, May 12
Cited: Brian Tarroja, senior scientist, Advanced Power and Energy Program

Understanding the Basis of Superior Memory

Discover, May 13
Cited: James McGaugh, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of neurobiology and behavior

This Research Explains Why Equality in America Is So Elusive

Mother Jones, May 10
Cited: Paul Piff, associate professor of psychological science


#IamUCI grad Jennifer Thulien Nguyen

#IamUCI: Q&A with Class of 2022 graduate Jennifer Thulien Nguyen

Future pharmacist Jennifer Thulien Nguyen’s prescription for making the most of her time at UCI included researching Alzheimer’s disease antibodies in the lab of Distinguished Professor of chemistry James Nowick, working as a peer academic advisor in the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences and getting involved with the Associated Students of UCI under the Office of Academic Affairs. 

Graduating this year? Share your UCI story and photos! Tag us with #IamUCI on Instagram and Twitter.


49 new campus cases

On Thursday, UCI recorded 49 new cases of COVID-19: 45 students and four employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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