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Oct. 11 - UCI is Fulbright HSI Leader, NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards

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More than 3,000 college students participated in a statewide launch and virtual swearing-in celebration with the governor for the first #CaliforniansForAll College Corps Fellows. The new service program helps thousands of students pay for college by serving their communities. UCI had 70 student fellows sworn in at the event. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

More than 3,000 college students participated in a statewide launch and virtual swearing-in celebration with the governor for the first #CaliforniansForAll College Corps Fellows. The new service program helps thousands of students pay for college by serving their communities. UCI had 70 student fellows sworn in at the event. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


UCI again named Fulbright HSI Leader by State Department

UCI has been named a 2022 Fulbright HSI Leader by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Last year, UCI was an inaugural recipient of the newly created designation, which recognizes the noteworthy engagement that selected Hispanic-Serving Institutions have achieved with the Fulbright Program, the federal government’s flagship international educational exchange program. UCI is one of 43 HSIs to receive the 2022 distinction.

3 UCI scientists win NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards

Three UCI scientists have been selected by the National Institutes of Health to receive NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards, bringing a total of $7 million to UCI for research projects in biology and biomedical engineering. They are among 72 researchers chosen by the NIH under its High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. New Innovator Awards are bestowed on early-to-midcareer scientists who propose “visionary and broadly impactful meritorious behavioral and biomedical engineering projects.”


Early signs that a new U.S. COVID surge could be on its way

As the U.S. heads into a third pandemic winter, hints are emerging that another surge of COVID-19 infections could be on its way. So far, no national surge has started. The number of people getting infected, hospitalized and dying from COVID in the U.S. has been gently declining from a fairly high plateau. But the first hint of what could be in store is what's happening in Europe. Infections there have been rising in many countries, including the U.K., France and Italy.


Staff Service Awards
Thursday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Human Resources)

Gratitude: A Skill for Happier Living
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Resources for Resilience: Introducing the Digital Transgender Archive and the Homosaurus
Thursday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Libraries)

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Inflation relief payments

KNBC (video), Oct. 7
Cited: Eric Swanson, professor of economics

A Reckoning With Mother Nature In South OC As Coastal Train Travel Is Suspended

LAist, Oct. 7
Cited: Brett Sanders, professor of civil and environmental engineering

How Many Colleges Should I Apply to?

U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 10
Cited: Bryan Jue, senior director of outreach and communications, undergraduate admissions office


Destinee Manzo - In Their Own Words

As a first-generation Latina, Destinee Manzo grew up in Santa Ana. Her grandparents emigrated from Mexico in search of a better life for her father and his siblings. Although her parents were unable to obtain a college education, their sacrifices enabled her to do so. As an Anteater, Manzo has pursued a degree in sociology, twice making the Dean’s List. At the same time, she’s become a powerful force on UCI’s soccer team. She even represented Mexico’s U20 team in the Dominican Republic for the 2020 World Cup qualifiers. Now, Manzo shares her story in a personal essay.

For more stories, visit UCI’s Hispanic Heritage Month and Beyond.

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