Nov. 28 - Top 10 ranking for gaming program; zero-waste market
The Bren anteater stands watch on a brisk November morning. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
UCI in top 10 for game design & software engineering
U.S. News & World Report ranked UCI as one of the top 10 public universities for both undergraduate game design and software engineering. Offered through the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, the game design and interactive media and software engineering majors prepare students for a wide range of careers at companies and organizations hoping to build more interactive and immersive experiences.
Jessica Walden and Chris McGuire are both Earth system science doctoral students.
UCI grad students open zero-waste market in Costa Mesa
The fact that plastic is expected to outweigh fish in the Earth’s oceans by 2050 has not been lost on Jessica Walden and Chris McGuire. The pair of newlywed doctoral students in UCI’s Department of Earth System Science studied this disturbing trend in their oceanographic studies, during which they collected water samples replete with microplastics. In September, McGuire and Walden opened Amis de la Terre (Friends of the Earth) Zero-Waste Market in Costa Mesa, which offers organic pantry staples and health foods in bulk, enabling customers to take home goods in jars or paper bags without creating additional plastic waste.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
CDC: Adults over 65 account for nearly 9 in 10 COVID-19 deaths
According to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 300 people are still dying each day from COVID-19, and the vast majority are 65 or older. While that number is much lower than the 2,000 daily toll at the peak of the delta wave, it is still roughly two to three times the rate at which people die of the flu. UCI’s Andrew Noymer, who is interviewed in the hyperlinked above story, is concerned about the situation. “I don’t think they are being totally candid” about the number of deaths the country will face, he said of U.S. officials. “I think it is bleak, and I am trying to steel myself for the winter to come.”
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.
Children’s Clothes Closet Winter Swap
Wednesday, 4 p.m. (co-sponsored by Student Housing Family Resource Center)
“Citizen Ruth” film screening
Wednesday, 7 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative)
UCI IN THE NEWS
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UCLA, UC Irvine Law Schools Drop ‘U.S. News’ Rankings
Inside Higher Ed, Nov. 28, 2022
Cited: Austen L. Parrish, dean of law school
Jun Wu, University of California, Irvine – Examining Effects of Environment on Preterm Birth
The Academic Minute (audio), Nov. 28
Guest: Jun Wu, professor of environmental and occupational health
I am a Doctor and Here's How to Tell You Have High Blood Pressure
Eat This, Not That, Nov. 27
Cited: Dr. Jose Mayorga, executive director, UCI Health Family Health Centers
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