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Oct. 12 - New health center opens; zero emissions study

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Hand-painted rocks decorate the Verano Preschool’s Kindness Corner.

Hand-painted rocks decorate the Verano Preschool’s Kindness Corner. Photo by Ian Parker


The new Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute opens this Thursday.

The new Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute opens this Thursday. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute celebrates opening

The Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute has a sparkling new home on the UCI campus that will significantly expand its clinical, teaching and research efforts to advance evidence-informed, whole-person care. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Thursday will mark the official opening of the site. The institute offers spaces for innovative student instruction; multidisciplinary, collaborative research; engaging community education; and team-based, whole-person clinical care. Patients will also be offered nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, yoga and group medical classes. Local residents will be able to attend yoga, tai chi and nutritional cooking classes, as well as educational lectures and events.

Side benefits of California’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2045 will be cleaner air and improved public health for all state residents.

Side benefits of California’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2045 will be cleaner air and improved public health for all state residents.

UCI study reveals how carbon neutrality would benefit health of disadvantaged Californians

UCI researchers have quantified the health benefits for disadvantaged state residents that would come with California reaching its goal of carbon neutrality by 2045. In a paper published recently in Nature Communications, an interdisciplinary team of UCI scientists found that while greener buildings would provide a roughly 15% improvement in health outcomes for the broad state population, elimination of greenhouse gases (and other forms of air pollution) from heavy-duty trucks would more directly benefit low-income Californians who live and work in closer proximity to the state’s ports, industrial facilities and highways.


New COVID-19 strain arrives in L.A. County

A new omicron strain—the BA.2.75.2 subvariant—has arrived in Los Angeles County, with three specimens so far detected there. Health officials are worried because the new strain may not respond to some of the COVID-19 treatments that have been available in the U.S. Officials and experts believe another uptick is likely over the fall and winter, and a new strain creates potential unknown risks.


Cyber Security Unification Workshop
Thursday, 8:45 a.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

25th Anniversary African American Art Song Alliance Conference
Thursday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


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Mandatory reporting was supposed to stop severe child abuse. It punishes poor families instead.

NBC News - ProPublica, Oct. 12
Cited: Kelley Fong, assistant professor of sociology

Op-Ed: Nury Martinez says out loud the racism and colorism my vibrant Oaxacan community endures

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 11
Author: Miriham Antonio, law student

‘The Baron’ Review: The Trials of Turkish Hirsch

The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 7 
Cited: Matthias Lehmann, professor of history and director of Center for Jewish Studies


Election ballots are now arriving in the mail. Don’t forget to vote.

Election ballots are now arriving in the mail. Don’t forget to vote.

Election time is here!

Check your mailboxes, Anteaters. Your #ballots are starting to arrive. All registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot. Please be sure to fill out your ballot, then drop it off in your mailbox, an official ballot drop box (we have one on campus) or at the post office. More information about campus voting is available online#VoteEarly #UCIVotes!

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