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Biological Sciences February 2023 Newsletter

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UCI BioSci Community,

Black History Month is a time to recognize the achievements and experiences of Black scholars in STEM and to recognize the ongoing fight for racial justice and equitable representation.

Throughout this month, BioSci will be shining a light on the achievements and contributions of our Black scholars. We will be showcasing these exceptional individuals through spotlights that will highlight their research and personal journeys in academia. Please be on the lookout for related news, events and announcements from our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

We hope you join us in recognizing and supporting our Black scholars and the positive impact they make every day on our community and the field of biology at large.

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Frank M. LaFerla, PhD
Dean and Chancellor’s Professor 
UCI School of Biological Sciences

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH     roshae roberts spotlight banner
Throughout the month of February, BioSci will be highlighting Black excellence across UCI BioSci. Follow BioSci social media or click the link below to learn more about our Black History Month features. > Read more here.    

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Professors Aimee Edinger and Georg Striedter were selected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. > Read more.
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Assistant Professor Xiaoyu Shi received a $400,000 grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Advancing Imaging Through Collaborative Projects program. > Read more.    

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Professor Adriana Briscoe’s article, “Familia, Comunidad y Maestros: How I Became a Latina Science Professor,” offers ways in which the educational success of Latinos in STEM can be amplified. > Read more.    

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Professor Steve Allison shared with Best Life how gas stoves can worsen indoor air quality.
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The Whiteson lab’s recent paper in mSystems discusses experimental approaches to expand our understanding of phage biology and extolls the incredible potential of the field. > Read more. professor pablo lara-gonzalez
A team that includes Assistant Professor Pablo Lara-Gonzalez has uncovered new information about how the brain develops and potential abnormalities that can occur during that process.
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Q: What do you enjoy most about what you do at BioSci? 
A:  I’ve been working at UCI for 6 months now and working in Facilities is the perfect combination of a challenge, routine, and getting to interact with students, staff, and faculty of BioSci.
Q: What is your proudest accomplishment? 
A:  I am an animal lover and adopting my dog Luna has been life changing. She is a dachshund-chihuahua mix. I rescued her from the San Pedro animal shelter when she was 3 months old and in May, she will be 8 years old. I love having Luna and definitely would recommend if you have the space and time to adopt a pet.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you? 
A: I like to travel and explore new places and learn about different cultures. This year, my family and I are planning a trip to Cuba.    

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