UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, Nov. 14, 2022
UCI Awarded $8M Grant for Stem Cell ‘Alpha Center”
The University of California, Irvine, which already has won much acclaim in stem cell research, recently received further confirmation of its status as an “alpha” in the industry. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine recently designated a UCI unit at its School of Medicine as one of its “Alpha Clinics” and awarded an $8 million grant. … Currently, the UCI Alpha Clinic conducts more than 60 clinical trials …. “It takes a lot of expertise to conduct that work,” Dr. Daniela Bota, director of the Alpha Clinic and UCI School of Medicine’s vice dean for clinical research, told the Business Journal. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

TIME, Nov. 11, 2022
Democrats’ Climate Message Isn’t Connecting With Latinos – But It Could
Michael Méndez, assistant professor [of urban planning and public policy at UCI] and Andrew Carnegie Fellow, and Sara Sadhwani, assistant professor at Pomona College, write: “Across the nation, Democratic candidates offered laser-focused messaging on abortion access in the wake of the Dobbs decisions. But that message may have fallen flat, particularly with many Latino voters, who care about abortion access, but ranked climate change among their top issues heading into the midterms. … And while Democrats have made serious strides in passing climate legislation, they have largely been silent in communicating these victories to voters, which may have been a serious misstep.”

Eat This, Not That!, Nov. 12, 2022
Doctors Want You to Know This About Heart Disease
“Cardiovascular disease affects more than 121.5 million adults in the U.S per year but can largely be prevented by lifestyle choices,” Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, Director and Founding Dean, University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health  tells us. … “Hidden signs of heart disease include bad breath, feeling fatigue for no reason, experiencing erectile dysfunction and spotting fatty growths. All the signs should not be ignored and need to be discussed with your healthcare provider.”

Irvine Standard, Nov. 9, 2022
10 leaders at the center of Irvine’s health care
Pediatric cardiologist Steve Goldstein thinks Irvine is “a bit of paradise,” and he’s working to make it even better. As vice chancellor of health affairs for UC Irvine, Goldstein is currently overseeing UCI Health’s new $1.4 billion medical complex under construction on Jamboree Road, an expansion that should significantly boost Irvine’s reputation as a hub of health-science innovations. He describes his job as “removing roadblocks so that the extraordinary faculty, staff and students can create the future of health care and wellness.”

Scientific American, Nov. 14, 2022
‘Persuasion Fatigue’ Is a Unique Form of Social Frustration
Peter Ditto, UCI professor of psychological science, Jared Celniker, UCI is a postdoctoral scholar and Nathan Ballantyne write, “The tendency to blame others for wearying debates has real consequences. In our exhaustion, we may neglect to see when our frustrations stem from a deep desire for connection. Recognizing persuasion fatigue—and how we contribute to it—may help us pass through contentious social terrain without leaving those we love behind.”

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