UCI Forward

UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.

July 7 - Campus in-person updates

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Humanities Instructional Building with tree blossom. Photo by Ian Parker


Campus resumes more in-person operations

Beginning yesterday, core campus buildings are unlocked Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. to support approved faculty and staff returning to campus. Visit the UCI Forward webpage to see information about operating hours for campus dining, the ARC, libraries, the Hill and other facilities on campus.

Return-to-campus training

All employees must take the mandatory “Returning to Campus” training. With the recently revised Cal/OSHA regulations now in effect, UCI is required to provide additional information related COVID-19. For employees who have already taken the training in UC Learning Center, please review Environmental Health & Safety’s training information and updates on COVID-19 protection measures and controls.

All units returning to workplace must complete checklist

All units must complete a new two-page UCI COVID-19 Prevention Checklist before unit employees return to work on campus this summer either full-time or hybrid remote. A signed copy should be sent to CRIT@uci.edu. One checklist is required per school or division.


Alum’s philanthropy helps others follow in his footsteps

Former Boeing executive John Tracy funds a scholarship for underrepresented UCI students in STEM fields.

“In my work at Boeing, I saw firsthand how a kid from an underserved community can dramatically change the life of an entire family overnight when they get their first paycheck in a technology field,” says John Tracy, Ph.D. ’87.

Study shows how wetland construction boosts water quality

Wetlands constructed along waterways are the most cost-effective way to reduce nitrate and sediment loads in large streams and rivers, according to scientists at UCI, the University of Kansas, the University of Minnesota and other institutions. Rather than focusing on individual farms, the experts suggest conservation efforts should be implemented at the watershed scale.


UC studies: Contrary to popular belief, residents are not fleeing California

Despite California losing a congressional seat for the first time in history due to slow population growth and some high-profile technology companies and billionaires leaving the state, there is no evidence of an abnormal increase in residents planning to move out of the state, according to the results of a new survey released today by the University of California.


Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

Jonathan Watanabe, University of California, Irvine – COVID-19 Medications

July 7 (podcast)
Cited: Jonathan Watanbe, professor of clinical pharmacy

Haiti Has Been Abandoned—by the Media, the US, and the World

July 6
Cited: Amy Wilentz, professor of English

After decades of fighting and freeways, Orange County is finally getting a streetcar

July 7
Cited: Sarah Catz, lecturer, urban planning & public policy [Subscription required.]


Thank you note

“Thank you. You inspire me and all those around you to keep learning and make an impact in the world. More than sharing your knowledge with us every day, you teach us to reach academic success. You are an educational hero, passionate about what you do. It is truly inspiring to learn from someone like you daily. All your hard work doesn’t go unseen; it’s greatly appreciated by students like me.”

The All-truism project (@alltruism_uci on Instagram), which is supported through a Barnes & Noble College Scholarship, aims to create connections through community, compassion and the creative arts. In this series, Anteaters write letters to faculty and staff.

If you have a shoutout, or if you’d like to share what you’ve been up to during the pandemic, send photos and/or words about your COVID-19 vaccination, activities, workstation, volunteering, etc., to marketing@uci.edu or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.