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Feb. 24 - New use for E.coli; racism and chronic pain

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Decals decorate a wall at Engineering Hall. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Decals decorate a wall at Engineering Hall. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Regina Ragan is a professor of materials science and engineering. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Regina Ragan is a professor of materials science and engineering. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

UCI researchers discover method of using bacteria to monitor water contamination

Although E. coli is infamous as a food-borne bacteria, it has long been a workhorse in biotechnology. Now, UCI scientists led by Regina Regan, a professor of materials science and engineering, have demonstrated that the bacterium can help detect heavy metal contamination in water with higher than 96 percent accuracy. The process, which the researchers said can be accomplished in about 10 minutes, is the subject of a study appearing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

New study links racism with epidemic of chronic pain in Black Americans

Kristine M. Molina, an associate professor of psychological science, has helped produce a new study that raises awareness about the link between chronic pain and racism. Her study was published this month in the Journal of General Internal Medicine with co-authors Howard Schubiner, Benita Jackson, John A. Sturgeon, Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, Mark A. Lumley, Jallicia Jolly and Zina Trost. It demonstrates how systemic racism can generate or worsen chronic pain, not only through biased medical care, but also via the brain’s pain-danger-alarm processes.

UCI admission applications break record for third consecutive year

143,000 prospective students applied to UCI for fall 2023, setting a campus record for the third consecutive year and continuing to solidify the university’s position as one of the most desired schools in the country. It also places UCI among the top four universities in the nation for the most freshman applications since 2015. Reflecting the university’s commitment to serving students throughout the state, UCI received applications from 57 of California’s 58 counties. Additionally, UCI was – for the fifth consecutive year – the top UC choice for first-generation, in-state students, with 45 percent of its California-resident applications coming from those who will be the first in their families to attend college.

UCI Health tops list of fastest growing OC hospitals

UCI Health has retained its No. 1 position for the second straight year of double-digit growth – a 12% jump to $1.6 billion was preceded a year ago by a 14% increase. UCI Health is opening a new clinic in Laguna Hills and is currently building a $1.3 billion for a medical center complex on the UCI campus, while also funding new medical programs in neurosciences, and heart and vascular treatment.


California tops 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Three years after the COVID-19 epidemic began in the U.S., California has officially passed the 100,000 mark in total deaths from the disease. While the name of the first victim in the state to succumb was widely reported when it occurred three years ago this month, according to a story in today’s Los Angeles Times, we may never learn the identity of the person whose death brought California to this tragic landmark.


Teen Anxiety and Depression: Challenges and Solutions for Today’s Students
Monday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

Transmedia Transgender Storytelling as Radical Action: A Conversation Between Cat Blackard and Theresa Jean Tanenbaum (Hybrid Event)
Monday 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative)

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UC applications slow down for fall 2023. Will Californians get a better shot at admission?

Los Angeles Times, Feb. 24
Cited: Dale Leaman, executive director of undergraduate admissions

Choosing the Right Time to Move into a Continuing Care Retirement Community

U.S. News & World Report, Feb. 22
Cited: Dr. Steven Tam, associate clinical professor medicine in the division of geriatrics

Iron shortage threatens microbes key to food chain in Southern Ocean

Science, Feb. 23
Cited: Keith Moore, professor of Earth system science


@UCIrvine tweeted: Breaking News: #UCIrvine has received the most applications in its history for fall 2023! UCI is also the top UC choice for in-state, first-generation college students for the fifth year in a row. #UCIPride

@UCIrvine tweeted: Breaking News: #UCIrvine has received the most applications in its history for fall 2023! UCI is also the top UC choice for in-state, first-generation college students for the fifth year in a row. #UCIPride

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