Feb. 27 - Gillman addresses Hispanic colleges group; childhood stress and brain disorders
A foxtail agave plant (agave attenuata) blooms in the rain at UCI. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman was among the university leaders who participated in a Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities roundtable with the Department of Homeland Security. HACU
Chancellor joins Hispanic colleges roundtable
Chancellor Howard Gillman was among more than a dozen university chancellors and presidents who spoke Thursday at a Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities roundtable in Washington, D.C. The roundtable brought together higher education leaders and officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to discuss a broad range of issues about how DHS could better advance Hispanics in higher education and how Hispanic-serving institutions could help the department advance its mission. Gillman spoke on cybersecurity and, in particular, how the department could help HACU institutions build a more diverse pathway for students interested in cybersecurity, starting with supporting existing outreach efforts to regional school districts and continuing through to programs that would get more Hispanic undergraduates into graduate programs. He also discussed how support for cutting-edge research would help ensure a more diverse group of experts in the field.
Dr. Tallie Z. Baram, a Donald Bren Professor and Distinguished Professor, is the senior author of a new study that reveals how early-life stress disrupts the development of the brain’s reward circuit. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
Early-life stress linked to brain reward disorders
A new brain connection discovered by UCI researchers can explain how early-life stress and adversity trigger disrupted operation of the brain’s reward circuit, offering a new therapeutic target for treating mental illness. Impaired function of this circuit is thought to underlie several major disorders, such as depression, substance abuse and excessive risk-taking. In a study published online in Nature Communications, Dr. Tallie Z. Baram, senior author and Donald Bren Professor and Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Pediatrics, Neurology and Physiology & Biophysics, and Matt Birnie, lead author and a postdoctoral researcher, describe the cellular changes in the brain’s circuitry caused by exposure to adversity during childhood.
New interdisciplinary program focuses on science of climate change
The School of Social Ecology, School of Physical Sciences and Henry Samueli School of Engineering have launched a certificate program for students interested in becoming “environmental changemakers.” The Environmental Changemakers Certificate, now available to all UCI undergraduates, requires one course from each of the three schools. The goal is to provide instruction in the science of climate change, the technological responses and the After successfully completing the courses, students can apply for the certificate by reporting on their coursework, what they learned and their future goals. After review, students can receive a digital certificate. The certificate will not appear on transcripts, but students can display it online and list it on their resumes.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Record-breaking weekend storm to be followed by more rain this week
For the first time in decades, Southern California experienced a major winter storm that brought snow to elevations as low as 1,000 feet (including flurries at the Hollywood sign), as well as a blizzard warning for mountain areas. After a brief break Sunday, new winter storms are expected to bring more precipitation to Southern California through Wednesday, according to today’s Los Angeles Times. According to forecasters, coasts and valleys can expect around 1 inch of rain through Wednesday, while the foothills could see up to 2 inches.
Permanent Supportive Housing and the Nonprofit Sector
Wednesday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)
Wednesday Wellness Walks – San Joaquin Wildlife Preserve
Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. (sponsored by Center For Student Wellness & Health Promotion)
Catching the K-Wave: From K-Pop to Squid Games, and more
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by School of Humanities)
Reimagining the Latinx Experience | Lisa Magaña and César S. Silva
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by School of Law)
UCI Jazz Orchestra - Winter 2023
Wednesday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)
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UCI IN THE NEWS
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Desperate for Babies, China Races to Undo an Era of Birth Limits. Is It Too Late?
The New York Times, Feb. 26
Cited: Wang Feng, professor of sociology
Take This Attention Span Quiz To Measure How Well You Actually Stay Focused
The Healthy, Feb. 27
Cited: Gloria Mark, psychologist and Chancellor’s Professor of informatics
What are Intellectual Virtues and how can they help us become more inquisitive and authentic?
The Intentional Clinician Podcast (audio), Feb. 23
Guest: Duncan Pritchard, Distinguished Professor of philosophy
Anteater Express features UCI shining stars
Appearing on the sides of Anteater Express buses are images of this year’s group of UCI’s shining stars. These 10 exceptional undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni (some of whom will be featuring this week ) are dedicated to enhancing lives in our community, either through their teaching, cutting-edge research or public service. Be on the lookout for these stellar Anteaters driving around campus. #UCIPride
Dr. Albert Chang is the medical director of UCI Student Health Center. Photo by Max Vidal/UCI
Keyvon Robinson is a business administration undergraduate at the Paul Merage School of Business. Photo by Max Vidal/UCI
#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.
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