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Aug. 1 - Center for Jewish studies receives Samueli gift; Precision Health’s new medical director speaks

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Courtyard of UCI’s Continuing Education Building.

Courtyard of UCI’s Continuing Education Building. Photo by Ian Parker


$4 million matching gift for Center for Jewish Studies

UCI has received a $4 million matching pledge from Susan and Henry Samueli, longtime campus supporters, for gifts to the university’s Center for Jewish Studies. The largest donation ever in support of Jewish studies at UCI positions the university as a leader in the field. Administered by the School of Humanities and led by historian Matthias Lehmann, who holds the Teller Family Chair in Jewish History, the center was launched in 2017 as a campus and community hub for the interdisciplinary and comparative study of Jewish and Israeli culture and society.

Dr. Alpesh Amin is the co-director and medical director of the new Institute for Precision Health

Dr. Alpesh Amin is the co-director and medical director of the new Institute for Precision Health. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Meet the medical director of UCI’s Institute for Precision Health

Dr. Alpesh Amin, a professor and chair of medicine at UCI, has been recognized as one of “America’s Top Physicians” by Consumers’ Research Council of America, and has published hundreds of articles in academic publications. He also helped found and develop the university’s innovative Precision Health program. Launched in February, the campuswide, interdisciplinary endeavor merges UCI’s health sciences, engineering, machine learning, artificial intelligence, clinical genomics and data science capabilities. Now, Amin shares why he believes IPH has the potential to revolutionize the quality and the safety of patient care at UCI.


California senators ask feds for more monkeypox vaccine 

U.S. senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla have asked the Biden Administration to send California at least 600,000 more doses of the monkeypox vaccine. The request was sent to Health And Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra following an announcement by U.S. health officials that nearly 800,000 doses would be made available for states. According to the California Department of Public Health, the state’s positivity rate for monkeypox is the second highest in the country, with 786 documented cases. Six cases have been documented in Orange County.


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Food Is Identity. For Korean Chefs Who Were Adopted, It’s Complicated.

The New York Times, July 31
Cited: Eleana J. Kim, associate professor of anthropology

Beyond Brain Fog: What the Pandemic Has Done to Our Memory

Katie Couric Media, July 29
Cited: Michael Yassa, director of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and professor of neurobiology & behavior, neurology, and psychiatry & human behavior

In a key swing district, Katie Porter clashes with GOP opponent over inflation and 'Orange County values'

NBC News, Aug. 1
Cited: Graeme Boushey, associate professor of political science


Peter the Anteater and Rampage hug

@petertanteater & @rampagenfl reunite at #RamsCamp! What a great way to celebrate #internationaldayoffriendship

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18 new campus cases

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