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Sept. 21 - Cobalt-free car batteries; low-income Latino health issues

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“Environmental Graphiti” by artist Alisa Singer is on display at the UCI Student Center’s ballroom lobby.

“Environmental Graphiti” by artist Alisa Singer is on display at the UCI Student Center’s ballroom lobby. Photo by Ian Parker


Huolin Xin is a professor of physics & astronomy.

Huolin Xin is a professor of physics & astronomy. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

UCI researchers develop cobalt-free cathode for electric car batteries

Researchers at UCI and four national laboratories have devised a way to make lithium-ion battery cathodes without using cobalt, a metallic element plagued by price volatility and geopolitical complications. (Cobalt is a rare metal whose mining, especially in developing countries, often involves child and forced labor, environmental degradation and bloody civil conflict.) In a paper published today in Nature, scientists including UCI’s Huolin Xin, a professor of physics & astronomy, describe how they overcame the thermal and chemical-mechanical instabilities of cathodes composed substantially of nickel – a common substitute for cobalt – by mixing in several other metallic elements.

UCI Podcast: Health issues facing Latinos in underserved communities

Dr. Charles Vega discusses the success of PRIME-LC, UCI's Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community. PRIME-LC addresses health issues facing Latinos in underserved communities. A transcript is also available.

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California begins distributing new COVID booster shots

California’s public health department has received 2.8 million doses of the new COVID-19 vaccine that targets the omicron subvariant BA.5, the dominant version of the virus. So far, about 618,000 shots have been administered since Sept. 6, when it first became available.


Men’s Soccer vs. Loyola Marymount
Thursday, 7 p.m.

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Impact of extreme heat on Latino communities

KABC (video), Sept. 20
Cited: Michael Méndez, assistant professor of environmental planning & policy

China’s ‘hidden epidemics’: the preventable diseases that could reshape a nation

The Guardian, Sept. 20
Cited: Wang Feng, professor of sociology

80% of Pregnancy-Related Deaths in U.S. are Preventable, Half Occur After Giving Birth

Healthline, Sept. 20
Cited: Tim Bruckner, professor of public health


Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio is the director of UCI’s Center for Educational Partnerships.

Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educational Partnerships.

Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio wins Distinguished Educator award

Each year, the Irvine Chamber’s Distinguished Educators program recognizes exemplary Irvine educators and programs that have contributed to the educational process through direct student involvement or partnership activities. On Sept. 15,  the first day of Hispanic Heritage month, the program recognized Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for UCI’s Center for Educational Partnerships and former director of the UCI History project, as well as two UCI alums, Emily Liu, professor at Irvine Valley College, and Virginia Nguyen, teacher at Portola High School. Congratulations to a trio of distinguished Anteaters!

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13 new campus cases

On Tuesday, UCI recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19, all of them students. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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