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Aug. 30 - Free home COVID tests ending, philosophy of science summer diversity program

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Sprawling sycamore tree in the Arts Plaza provides shade over the Maya Lin Water Table. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Sprawling sycamore tree in the Arts Plaza provides shade over the Maya Lin Water Table. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Photo courtesy of Lauren Ross/UCI

Photo courtesy of Lauren Ross/UCI

Logic and philosophy of science summer diversity fellows close out first year

Over summer, a group of undergraduates from around the world was selected for an innovative new residential program designed to expose students from underrepresented backgrounds to graduate-level topics in philosophy. Students in the inaugural cohort had the opportunity during their weeklong stay on campus to work directly with faculty and graduate students in the Department of Logic & Philosophy of Science. The LPS Summer Diversity Program was funded by the National Science Foundation and the UCI School of Social Sciences, and was free to attendees.

UCI engineers push nanostructure properties to new extremes

Researchers in the Samueli School of Engineering have greatly increased the strength and energy absorption properties of nano-architected structures – already recognized for their robust and lightweight qualities – by fabricating interpenetrating phased composites. In a paper published in Science Advances, the researchers describe how their continuous architectures of three-dimensionally printed carbon shells and matrices of nickel outperform traditional carbon-based nanolattices and even bulk mono-materials.


US to end free at-home COVID test program Friday

The federal government is ending its distribution of free at-home COVID-19 tests , citing a lack of funding and a desire to preserve supplies ahead of an anticipated fall surge. Ordering through this program will be suspended on Friday, Sept. 2. On its website this week, the U.S. Postal Service said households that had already placed two orders can place a third, which will contain eight tests, until Friday at special.usps.com/testkits or by calling 800-232-0233. The TTY number is 888-720-7489.


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UCI reports $580 million in grants and awards

Spectrum News 1, Aug. 29
Cited: Pramod Khargonekar, vice chancellor for research

Opinion: Not the Win We Wanted, but a Win Nonetheless

The New York Times, Aug. 26
Cited: Student Loan Law Initiative

Opinion: Monkeypox won’t remain an 'MSM disease' indefinitely, so let's stop treating it that way

Desert Sun, Aug. 26
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health


UCI Social Ecology tweeted: Service as American Society of Criminology president “is an honor and a great opportunity to show my continuing gratitude for the ASC & ‘pay it forward’” - President-Elect Valerie Jenness, Distinguished Professor, criminology, law & society

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6 new campus cases

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