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Oct. 14 - Zero emission center grand opening; flu season ramps up

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Students rush to their classes on Ring Road.

Students rush to their classes on Ring Road. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman and Chairman and Group CEO of HORIBA Ltd. Atsushi Horiba

UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman and Chairman and Group CEO of HORIBA Ltd. Atsushi Horiba cut a ribbon to formally open the new HIMaC2 advanced mobility research center. They are flanked by (on the left) HIMaC2 Director Vojislav Stamenkovic, UCI professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; and (on the right) UCI Dean of Engineering Magnus Egerstedt and Jai Hakhu, executive corporate officer for HORIBA Ltd. Photo by Lori Brandt/UCI

Zero emission research center opens on campus

This Tuesday, the HORIBA Institute for Mobility and Connectivity2 research facility officially opened on the UCI campus. UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman and Atsushi Horiba, chairman and group CEO of HORIBA Ltd., and other UCI and business leaders were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Operating under UCI’s Advanced Power and Energy Program, the HIMaC2 facility houses researchers from multiple disciplines who are exploring new horizons in zero-emission, connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. They’re also studying the integration of energy and transportation sectors to improve the environment and people’s lives.

Correction: UCI application growth

The headline for a news item in Thursday’s UCI Digest incorrectly calculated how much the university’s first-year applicant pool has grown over the last 20 years. The correct figure is nearly 300% since 2002 (from 30,630 to more than 119,000).


Flu season off to a strong start

America’s flu season is officially underway, with reports of influenza and other respiratory illnesses higher than what would normally be seen in the U.S. at this time of year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Typically, flu cases begin to increase in December and peak in February. However, a CDC report issued today says that flu and similar viral illnesses are already notably high in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. Also, the Los Angeles Times reported today that a wave of flu cases hit San Diego particularly hard this week, with more than 1,000 students absent from two area high schools.


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As the causes of US inflation grow, so do the dangers

AP, Oct. 14
Cited: Eric Swanson, professor of economics

This Latino meteorologist helped spur Spanish-language changes to weather alerts. Studies show it can save lives.

NBC News, Oct. 14
Cited: Michael Méndez, assistant professor of environmental planning and policy

Everything to Know About Potential Side Effects of the Monkeypox Vaccine

Healthline, Oct. 12
Cited: David M. Souleles, director, campus public health response team


Bryan Cunningham is the executive director of UCI’s Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute.

Bryan Cunningham is the executive director of UCI’s Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute.

UCI and Blackberry win National Science Foundation cybersecurity grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded $750,000 to a multidisciplinary team from UCI’s Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute, its Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences and BlackBerry to address the challenges around secure communications on public 5G networks. Bryan Cunningham, CPRI executive director, says that the research will help create safety- and security-critical applications for disaster response, international humanitarian assistance, connected vehicles and critical infrastructure such as the power grid.

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