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Nov. 17 - Five UCI female scientists rank best in world; seeking Asian American dreamers

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Anteater Time Machine: Sheep graze near the future campus grounds, circa 1964.

Anteater Time Machine: Sheep graze near the future campus grounds, circa 1964.


UAW strike update

The UAW strike on UC campuses, including UCI, is ongoing. Negotiations continue, as do instruction and research. The latest FAQs and information are available on the provost's continuity webpage https://provost.uci.edu/continuity/.

Five UCI faculty listed among top 1,000 female scientists in world

Five UCI faculty listed among top 1,000 female scientists in world

Research.com’s first ranking of the top 1,000 female scientists in the world includes five UCI faculty members. They are Susan O’Brien, professor of hematology/oncology, who placed 29th in the U.S.; Jacquelynne Eccles, Distinguished Professor of education, who’s No. 37; Hoda Anton-Culver, Distinguished Professor of epidemiology, ranked No. 350; Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of psychological science, criminology, law and society, cognitive sciences, and law, who’s No. 451; and Christine Gall, Distinguished Professor and chair of anatomy & neurobiology, who placed No. 614. For the inaugural edition of what will be an annual ranking, more than 166,880 scientist profiles across 24 research disciplines on Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Graph were examined, with several indicators and metrics reviewed in weighing each scientist’s inclusion.

Sleep research project seeks Asian American dreamers

When she first arrived in the U.S. to further her studies, Sunmin Lee recalls that the stress of her move resulted in poor sleep patterns. Now a UCI professor of medicine, Lee is leading a study with the school’s D.R.E.A.M. Project and is seeking Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese volunteers in Orange and Los Angeles counties. The study will be the first of its kind to track the sleep habits of Asian Americans to determine what correlation might exist between stressors unique to Asian Americans and the prevalence of poor sleep health in AAPI communities.

UCI study contributes to ocean level rise warning

Melting of the Northeast Greenland ice sheet could cause global sea levels to rise half an inch by the end of the century, according to a study co-authored by Eric Rignot, a Chancellor’s Professor of earth system science. The analysis shows that the volume of water projected to be released by this particular ice sheet is equal to the runoff from all of Greenland’s ice sheets over the past 50 years. The study also warns that the rate of melting is occurring six times faster than previously thought.

UCI starts emergency response training for campus employees

As announced earlier this week, UCI Emergency Management launched a new emergency response training video focusing on evacuations, active shooters, earthquakes and individual preparedness. This biennial awareness training is available in the UC Learning Center and appears in the “Assigned Training” folder. Initial completion of this training is due on or before Dec. 31.


Open enrollment for UCI benefits ends tomorrow

Open enrollment is coming to an end, which means you have until 5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 18) to enroll or make changes to your 2023 benefits. To get started, select “faculty & staff” on the Open Enrollment website. Don’t forget to enroll or re-enroll in a flexible spending account. Your other benefits will continue if you don’t take action, but you must re-enroll each year to continue your health or dependent care FSA. In 2023, UC will continue to offer the same benefit plans for faculty and staff. However, there are some important changes within those plans, so take advantage of UC’s resources to make sure you understand your options.


What I Did During the COVID Lockdown (concert)
Saturday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

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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.

Is This Experimental Green Suburb the Future of Single-Family Housing?

Bloomberg, Nov. 16
Cited: Scott Samuelsen, professor of mechanical, aerospace and environmental engineering

‘Suburban housing prices increased due to WFH’

Times of India via MSN, Nov. 17
Cited: Jan K. Brueckner, distinguished professor of economics

Untreated Sleep Apnea May Increase Dementia Risk

Healthline, Nov. 16
Cited: Bryce Mander, assistant professor of psychiatry & human behavior


UCI’s Big West Champions of 2022 celebrate their win over UCLA and upcoming trip to Tuscaloosa for the second round NCAA women’s soccer tournament.

UCI’s Big West Champions of 2022 celebrate their win over UCLA and upcoming trip to Tuscaloosa for the second round NCAA women’s soccer tournament.

Women’s soccer advances to NCAA second round for second straight year

UCI's women’s soccer team has advanced to the second round of the 2022 NCAA tournament in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and will go up against Brown University tomorrow in the first meeting of the schools. The winner will play either No. 3 Alabama or Portland on Sunday. UCI returns to the NCAA Tournament for a second straight year and fourth time overall, joining the 2010, 2011 and 2021 squads for the honor. Also, for two years in a row, UCI has now topped a higher-seeded Pac-12 school in the first round, this time defeating UCLA, the nation's No. 3 team, 1-0. @UCIwsoc @UCIAthletics

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