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Oct. 25 - Estée Lauder endowment, low income residents and wildfire impacts

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This resident strikes a pose in Aldrich Park early one morning. Photo by Doug Everhart/UCI

This resident strikes a pose in Aldrich Park early one morning. Photo by Doug Everhart/UCI


Estée Lauder endowment will establish epigenetics fellowship

An endowment from Estée Lauder will establish an epigenetics fellowship in honor of the late Paolo Sassone-Corsi, who was Donald Bren Professor of Biological Chemistry and director of UCI’s Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism. The fellowship will be awarded annually to support doctoral students involved with scientific work in epigenetics. It will be granted to emerging scientists, scholars who demonstrate financial need and/or first-generation students.

Low-income Californians experience higher temperature and unhealthy air quality days, worsened by wildfires

Findings from a study suggest that communities with a high frequency of high temperature and fine inhalable particles had lower median household incomes and home values. These findings underscore the potential for disproportionate health impacts from the compound effects of heat stress and air pollution exposure among vulnerable and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities and help to understand the implications that California wildfires have on environmental justice.


Boggled by your ballot? 5 easy ways to get informed

There are scores of local and statewide measures on the ballot this November. California voters will decide on far-ranging issues that include whether the state Constitution should guarantee a right to abortion, whether to fund electric vehicles through a new tax on billionaires and whether to ban the sale of flavored tobacco. A few minutes of research is often enough to make an informed choice on an issue. Read these five tips to help get you up to speed.

Drop off unwanted medications at National Take Back Day

The OC Health Care Agency encourages community members to drop off expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications on National Take Back Day this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at numerous locations throughout Orange County. Visit this webpage to find disposable locations.


Trick or treat with the Division of Student Affairs on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gateway Plaza

Grab a free Scantron, green book, antigen test kit and Halloween goodies!

Dean of Students Rameen Talesh and Associate Dean of Students Ellen Whitehead will be there to meet students and pass out stickers. Everyone is welcome, and don’t forget to test before and after gatherings!

Bringing Out the Best in Others
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Academic & Professional Women of UCI Virtual Social Brown Bag
Thursday, noon (sponsored by Academic and Professional Women of UCI)

Improve Website Performance and User Experience Session
Thursday, noon (sponsored by Women in Technology @ UCI)

End Racism Initiative Virtual Town Hall
Thursday, 3:30 p.m. (sponsored by UCI End Racism Initiative)

Sekou Odinga: Reflections from a Freedom Fighter
Thursday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by School of Humanities)

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.


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.

Xi Cements Control Over China, But Huge Challenges Await In Third Term

Barron’s (AFP), Oct. 23
Cited: Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history

Billions of crabs vanished, and scientists have a good clue why

Mashable, Oct. 22
Cited: Matthew Bracken, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology

For some California Latinos, the abortion debate was not a ‘real conversation’ — until now

The Sacramento Bee, Oct. 25
Cited: Belinda Campos, professor, Chicano and Latino Studies


UCI Counseling Center tweets: Self-care without spending a dime! Walk around your neighborhood, read a book from your TBR pile, listen to your favorite songs, sleep and rest well, write in your journal, stay hydrated.

UCI Counseling Center tweets: Self-care without spending a dime! Walk around your neighborhood, read a book from your TBR pile, listen to your favorite songs, sleep and rest well, write in your journal, stay hydrated.

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