Dec. 22 - Most-loved stories and social media posts of 2022
An early morning runner passes through the Nancy Doran sculpture garden near UCI’s Science Library. Photo by Ian Parker
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
No UCI Digest over winter break
This is the last UCI Digest email of 2022. We’ll return from hibernation on Jan. 3, 2023. Until then, have a safe and splendid holiday break.
Anteater Express driver Jaylen Davis’ commencement photo shoot was UCI’s most-liked Instagram post of 2022.
The most popular UCI stories and social media posts of 2022
Baldness-busting molecules, a new dorm, aspirin tablets and a bus driver starred in this year’s most popular UCI news stories and social media posts. The top social media items (based on likes, comments and shares) were:
- Facebook: School of Medicine Match Day
- Twitter: UCI’s latest U.S. News ranking
- Instagram: Graduation photo contest winner
- LinkedIn: Verano 8 housing debuts
On the news side, 2022’s most-viewed stories were:
- “UCI researchers find that aspirin alters colorectal cancer evolution” (167,000+ pageviews)
- “What’s next: student loan debt forgiveness” (92,000+ pageviews)
- UCI-led team discovers signaling molecule that potently stimulates hair growth” (26,000+ pageviews)
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Boy Scout buys $11K in gifts for foster children
To help get you in the holiday spirit: A Minnesota 12-year-old who sold $56,000 worth of popcorn and other treats as part of a national Boy Scouts program used his share of the proceeds to buy gifts for foster children “to let them know they are loved.”
UAW strike update: ratification vote ends tomorrow
Friday is the last day for UC graduate student researchers and academic student employees to vote on whether to ratify tentative contract agreements. FAQs and updates are available on the provost's continuity webpage. Systemwide information is available on UC’s strike page.
UCI IN THE NEWS
Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.
University California, Irvine 2023 Top Globally In Solutions That Scale
Forbes, Dec. 22
Cited: James Bullock, dean of physical sciences and professor of physics and astronomy
L.A. students’ grades are rising, but test scores are falling. Why the big disconnect?
Los Angeles Times, Dec. 22
Cited: Doron Zinger, director of CalTeach
The next breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research could come from old and ‘cognitively impaired’ Chilean rats
Fortune, Dec. 22
Cited: Xiangmin Xu, professor of anatomy and neurobiology
Blood donor match sought for ailing UCI soccer player
Jenika Davis, who plays soccer for UCI, has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and needs to find a blood stem cell donor to treat the disease. UCI Athletics has posted details on Davis’ situation and the donor process.
Ring in the new year, not COVID by taking a home test before and after you travel or attend any large gathering, even if you don’t feel sick.
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