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July 25 - Cancer and circadian rhythm; Valorant joins UCI Esports

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The Irvine Barclay Theater readies for its 2022-23 season. Photo by Ian Parker

The Irvine Barclay Theater readies for its 2022-23 season. Photo by Ian Parker


Selma Masri, assistant professor of biological chemistry, is a circadian clock watcher. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Does our body’s clock help cause cancer?

The human body’s internal clock, a hardwire system that interprets daily cues such as natural light, is prone to instability. In fact, genetic disruption or mutation can alter the function of genes and the proteins they regulate, causing our circadian clock to function improperly. Fortunately, UCI’s Selma Masri, an assistant professor of biological chemistry, has been advancing our understanding of how this phenomenon contributes to lung and colorectal cancer.

Valorant is the newest addition to UCI ESports. Graphic by Sam Liu / UCI

Valorant is the newest addition to UCI Esports. Graphic by Sam Liu/UCI

Valorant team to join UCI Esports this fall

UCI will expand its 5-year-old esports program this fall by adding a Valorant team to its existing Overwatch and League of Legends squads. Valorant is a five-on-five person video game developed and published by Riot Games that was originally released in June 2020. The Valorant team will host tryouts over the summer for current and incoming students, with winners receiving $2,000 toward the cost of tuition and the chance to compete in Riot Games’ first-party circuit: the College Valorant Championship.


Students mix with jacarandas at UCI. Photo by Steve Zylius/ UCI

Students mix with jacarandas at UCI. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

California to gain over 30,000 new UC enrollees

Thanks to a multiyear funding compact between Gov. Gavin Newsom and UC leaders, up to 33,000 more instate undergraduate and graduate students could be enrolled by 2030. California’s 2030 Capacity Plan hopes to achieve this goal via a mix of strategies to increase access to a UC education for more Californians while also supporting students as they earn degrees. The proposal, which was discussed at last July’s meeting of UC’s Board of Regents, was developed by a working group led by UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D., and UC chancellors and their representatives, along with other leaders from the UC Office of the President.


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Can Desalination Be a Solution for Drought in SoCal?

KCET, July 22
Cited: David L. Feldman, professor of urban planning and director of Water UCI

How Naps Improve Memory Performance

Discover, July 22, 2022
Cited: Sara Mednick, professor of cognitive science

CBD Sales Projected to Hit $11 Billion by 2027: Is It Safe, Effective?

Healthline, July 21, 2022
Cited: Danielle Piomelli, director of the Center for the Study of Cannabis


UCI welcomes new CCR director

Dr. Maheswari “Magi” Senthil has been appointed medical director for the Center for Clinical Research, effective Aug. 1. In this role, Senthil will oversee all operational aspects of the CCR, and will collaborate with sponsors, investigators and coordinators to resolve scientific and regulatory issues concerning the CCR portfolio of clinical trials. She will also help develop strategic initiatives and help further clinical research across the campus.

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11 new campus cases

On Friday and over the weekend, UCI recorded 11 new cases of COVID-19: seven students and four employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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