Volume IV, Issue 1: September 2011


$1.7 million grant to support efforts against elder abuse

Dr. Laura Mosqueda
Dr. Laura Mosqueda says the $1.7 million grant will allow UCI to expand its elder abuse prevention efforts at the national level.

Citing the award-winning Program in Geriatrics, the U.S. Administration on Aging has designated UCI as the National Center on Elder Abuse, a clearinghouse for practical information supporting federal, state and local efforts to prevent, identify and effectively respond to elder abuse. The federal agency will provide funding of $561,000 annually for three years. The NCEA will be led by Dr. Laura Mosqueda and Mary Twomey, co-directors of UCI's Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect.

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UCI makes 'Sierra' magazine's 'Coolest Schools' list

Students search marsh for insects
Praised for its green initiatives, the campus is ranked sixth for the second year in a row.

UCI placed sixth in Sierra magazine's fifth annual ranking of the country's "Coolest Schools." The September/October cover feature spotlights colleges striving to address climate issues and operate sustainably — from UCI's energy-efficiency standards to Stanford University's commitment to open space to Vermont's Green Mountain College deriving nearly half its power from, yes, cow manure. The complete list is available online. Sustainability projects at UCI include a cogeneration facility that meets about 85 percent of the campus's energy needs. The university also pioneered a strategy to cut its lab emissions in half.

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Nursing science program to establish Santa Ana clinic

Susanne Phillips
Susanne Phillips, associate professor of nursing science, will direct the nurse-practitioner clinic.

With support from a $1.5 million federal grant, UCI's Program in Nursing Science will establish Orange County's first nurse-managed clinic in downtown Santa Ana. As part of the SOS-El Sol Wellness Center at the El Sol Science & Arts Academy, the collaboration will allow for expansion of the center's current services while enabling UCI's nurse-practitioner faculty to provide healthcare to the charter school's students and parents and to people living in the neighborhood.

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Researchers chart long-shrouded glacial reaches of Antarctica

Eric Rignot
Eric Rignot, lead author of the glacier study

A vast network of previously unmapped glaciers on the move from thousands of miles inland to the Antarctic coast has been charted for the first time by UCI scientists. The findings are critical to tracking future sea rise from climate change. "This is like seeing a map of all the oceans' currents for the first time. It's a game changer for glaciology," said UCI Earth system science professor Eric Rignot. "We're seeing amazing flows from the heart of the continent that had never been described before."

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More Americans were ill in wake of 9/11

The events of Sept. 11, 2001, may have made American sicker and more likely to access healthcare services, according to a new UCI study. In the first three years after the terrorist attacks, researchers found, reports of doctor-diagnosed illness climbed by 18 percent in a nationally representative sample of adults. The jump was highest in those with pre-existing health conditions, but people who were healthy before 9/11 also experienced an increase in physician-diagnosed ailments.

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