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July 28 - Veggies are fun, spinal surgery restores athlete’s mobility

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 In the early 1990s, an engineering student sits in his senior project.

Anteater Time Machine: Move over, Henry Ford. In the early 1990s, an engineering student sits in his senior project. Last week’s archive photo had an incorrect caption. Scroll down to #UCIconnected for details.


Vince Bruno riding a bike

Vince Bruno is back on his bike and is able to surf, hike and pass a football with full mobility after complex spine surgery performed by UCI Health spine surgeon Dr. Nitin Bhatia. Photo by Michael Neveux for UCI Health

Rare spinal surgery restores elite athlete’s mobility

While mountain biking on the morning of his 47th birthday, Vince Bruno hit a stump on a backcountry trail, flew over the handlebars and crashed headfirst into a rock. He was later told he needed immediate surgery because his spinal canal was pinching the nerves in his neck. In November 2021, he underwent spinal laminoplasty to treat his spinal stenosis yet preserve his mobility. A year after his mountain biking accident, Bruno is working out daily, running, biking or surfing and credits the UCI Health team for his recovery.

Making veggies appetizing for finicky kids

Recent research shows that getting kids to eat their veggies comes down to repetition. The more often they are exposed to familiar and unfamiliar foods and vegetables, the better the chance they will eat them. Exposure can mean growing vegetables in your garden, reading about them, choosing them when grocery shopping, involving little ones in food preparation or simply showing your kids that you enjoy eating them. Chef Jessica Van Roo, assistant director of Culinary Recreation & Experiential Programs, offers some fun and nutritious recipes.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Across the United States, 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.

Monkeypox outbreak will take months to control

Scientists advising the World Health Organization on monkeypox say the window is closing to stop its spread, with cases currently doubling every two weeks, suggesting that it will take several months for the outbreak to peak.


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One Molecule May Be the Key to Whether or Not You Lose Your Hair, UCI Study Finds

KNBC, July 27
Cited: Maksim Plikus, professor of developmental and cell biology, and Christian Guerrero-Juarez, postdoctoral researcher in mathematics

Last Year Was Miserable. Can Colleges Make This One Better?

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 27
Cited: Marcelle Hayashida, associate vice chancellor for wellness, health and counseling services, and Andrea Aebersold, director of faculty instructional development

OC teachers are more likely to be fully credentialed in their course than state average

The Orange County Register, July 27
Cited: Doron Zinger, director of CalTeach Science and Math program


UCI psychology senior Jonpaul Cohen

UCI psychology senior Jonpaul Cohen will address New Zealand’s parliament about climate change next month. Photo by Jonpaul Cohen

Correction to Anteater Time Machine

CORRECTION: Based on incorrect information in UCI’s photo archives, the caption for last Thursday’s Anteater Time Machine photo, above, said: “In 1968, UCI’s Engineering and Computer Sciences buildings were dedicated during a fall convocation ceremony in Campus Park (now Aldrich Park).” Reader Jack C. Lockhart said that was impossible because neither building existed in 1968. Additional research revealed that the Engineering Tower and original computer science building were finished in 1970 and 1971, respectively.

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11 new campus cases

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