Weekly Anteater

UC Irvine
3 min readMar 19, 2021

Dear Friends of UCI,

Welcome to the Weekly Anteater report for what’s new and trending at UCI!

We’ve curated a collection of top news items and trending social topics. If you’re active on social media, please share this news with your friends and colleagues. We’ve attached social links and summaries for easy sharing!

On to this week’s highlights…

UCI Match Day

In an emotional, virtual ceremony future physicians at UCI School of Medicine learned where they’ll start their careers as doctors. About a third of the class of 2021 will be staying at UCI for their residencies!

Future Residents

After promoting racial diversity in medicine, mental health among classmates and greater access to healthcare while at UCI, graduating medical students Ariana Naaseh, Kaosoluchi Enendu and Alfonso Ortiz Cruz learned they will serve their residencies at Washington University in St. Louis, Yale University and UCSF, respectively.

Graduating medical students Ariana Naaseh, Kaosoluchi Enendu and Alfonso Ortiz Cruz (from left) learned Friday where they’ll serve their residencies. Steve Zylius / UCI

Tell me you’re an Anteater…

…without telling my you’re an Anteater. UCI gets in on the popular meme.

Zot’ing, drinking boba, hanging in Aldrich Park and studying with a view are just some of the hallmarks of the UCI experience

Katie Porters visits UCI Medical Center

Rep. Porter (D-Irvine) thanked employees for their efforts on behalf of patients and the community over the past year.

Rep. Katie Porter is greeted by UCI Health Chief Operating Officer Dr. Nasim Afsar

Solidarity with Asian-American communities

Chancellor Howard Gillman and Vice Chancellor Douglas Haynes condemn anti-Asian discrimination and violence toward the Asian-American community.

Who’s talking about UCI on social media?

UCI in the News

In the midst of a raging pandemic, the importance of science communication is indisputable. … It matters how we respond in these moments. As (UCI faculty) Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall wrote in this magazine in 2019, the “social transmission of knowledge is at the heart of culture and science.”

Adria L. Imada, UCI professor of history writes, “Yet the recent history of medical quarantine cautions that there will be no return to a pre-pandemic normal, no matter how fast and effective biomedical cures and vaccine rollouts are. That’s because, while stringent public health measures may ease, the stigma, loss and memory of suffering persist. We can learn from our individual and collective pandemic experiences, rather than leave them behind.”

Natalia Bryant is getting college acceptance letters left and right! … Vanessa Bryant shared that her and the late Kobe Bryant’s eldest daughter has been accepted to the University of California Irvine. The proud mom shared Natalia’s acceptance letter, which included a GIF of a woman clapping and UCI stickers. “Yay! Closer to home,” Vanessa wrote on her Instagram Story on Friday night, also tagging her 18-year-old daughter.

Thank you for reading! Questions? Please contact the social media team at UCI: ucisocialmedia@uci.edu



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