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Oct. 5 - Latino healthcare research; cybersecurity month

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A student strolls toward a tunnel entrance beneath Ring Road on the edge of Aldrich Park

A student strolls toward a tunnel entrance beneath Ring Road on the edge of Aldrich Park. Photo by Ian Parker


UCI’s Stephen Schueller (left) and Adrian Aguilera of UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco co-designed a new study on how to better deliver mental health services via a digital platform to a Latino population with limited English proficiency.

UCI’s Stephen Schueller (left) and Adrian Aguilera of UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco co-designed a new study on how to better deliver mental health services via a digital platform to a Latino population with limited English proficiency. Photos by Han Parker/UCI and Keegan Houser/UCB

Latino mental healthcare subject of new NIH project by UCI, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco researchers

The National Institutes of Health is awarding nearly $4.7 million over five years to support research teams from University of California campuses in Irvine, Berkeley and San Francisco. The teams will combine peer support with the use of a digital platform to better serve the mental health needs of Latino patients with limited English proficiency. The researchers hypothesize that complementing existing digital interventions with peer support will boost scalability and sustainability and help counterbalance mental health workforce shortages, a reality particularly prevalent in the Latino community.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month at UCI

UCI is hosting three presentations this month to mark Cybersecurity Month, a creation of the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Department of Homeland Security. The first event, on Oct. 14, features a talk by Yu Chao, a cyber threat warning Analyst with the California Cybersecurity Integration Center, covers the current cyber threat landscape for the education sector for both K-12 and higher education. On Oct. 19, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Bryan Willett, will discuss cyber activity and trends, the FBI’s role in fighting those threats and ways to protect yourself. And on Oct. 27, a pair of California-based deputy district attorneys, Deborah Kwon and Anthony Schlehner, will describe various types of cybercrime including those involving cryptocurrency and how to identify and protect yourself from becoming a victim of scammers and phishing attacks.


UC students volunteer for statewide voter outreach program

Inspired by the 1964 Freedom Summer Project to register Black voters in the South, UC Freedom Summer began in 2018 with 25 students from UC Santa Cruz and UC Merced doing voter outreach in the Central Valley. It now includes more than 100 students from all nine undergraduate campuses, as well as some California community colleges, fanning out to encourage civic participation in communities across California, from Visalia to Oakland and East San Jose. Participants plan events and set registration targets aimed at potential young voters in their communities as part of a summer-long internship focused on civic engagement.

Officials warn of a worse than usual flu season

Health officials are warning that this fall and winter could see a major increase in flu infections in a rebound of the virus since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic more than two years ago. Influenza has been largely dormant the last two years, a development likely attributable to the health protocols put in place to ward off the coronavirus.


Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

UCI professors see enduring unrest in Iran

Spectrum News 1, Oct. 4
Cited: Mark Andrew LeVine, professor of modern Middle Eastern history, and Roxanne Varzi, professor of anthropology

Rereading ‘The Gift of Fear’ in the age of mass shootings

The Washington Post, Oct. 5
Cited: Roxane Cohen Silver, Distinguished Professor of psychological science, medicine and public health

What You Should Know About the Latest Deadly Synthetic Fentanyl Product

Healthline, Oct. 3
Cited: Jonathan Watanabe, professor of clinical pharmacy


UCI’s move in weekend brings in thousands of new students

More than 10,000 students moved into UCI campus housing between Sept. 13 and 18, with the university’s annual New Student Convocation held indoors for the first time since 2019. The campus admitted 5,894 freshmen and 2,724 transfer students this fall, and our senior videographer Steve Chang was on hand to witness their arrival.

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