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July 9 - Delta explained, medical Spanish

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zDouble yellow lines leading to social sciences building.

Double yellow lines leading to social sciences. Photo by Ian Parker


Renderings of the new UCI Medical Center

Rendering of new UCI Medical Center

Renderings of the new UCI Medical Center

Plans to build a world-class hospital and healthcare facilities on the northern edge of campus with a 144-bed acute care hospital, ambulatory care center, cancer center and the UCI Health Center for Advanced Care, home to children’s services and medical specialties, were approved earlier this year. Above are recent renderings of the project.

UCI Health town hall meeting

UCI Health’s Dr. Susan Huang provides an update on the pandemic and shares information on the coronavirus delta variant at a recent UCI Health town hall meeting.


Learning medicine on the front lines of COVID-19

Violeta Osegueda dreamed of becoming a doctor. Today, Osegueda is preparing to begin her final year at the UCI School of Medicine. During the winter coronavirus surge, she worked with severely ill COVID-19 patients in UCI Medical Center’s intensive care unit (ICU). The experience took a heavy emotional toll, but it deepened her resolve to get accurate medical information to the Spanish-speaking community and she started medicalspanish.org, to make free, online Spanish-language resources and current COVID-19 information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention available.


Friday fun fact

UC’s impact on California: Investing in UC not only increases the University’s ability to help grow California’s economy, there is a significant return on that investment of $82 billion in economic activity each year.

California vaccination progress: Percent of population fully vaccinated, by County

Map of vaccination progress across California

Source: Bay Area News Group utilizing data from CA Dept. of Health. County data used in graphic last updated 7/6/21.

Pfizer to seek OK for 3rd vaccine dose

Pfizer plans to seek FDA emergency authorization for a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine next month, saying that another shot within 12 months could dramatically boost immunity and maybe help ward off the latest coronavirus mutant. 

Delta is now the dominant coronavirus variant in the U.S.

The highly contagious delta variant now accounts for more than 51% of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to new estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The variant, also known as B.1.617.2, was first detected in India and is spreading quickly across the globe. The good news is the vaccines being used in the U.S. all appear to be highly effective at protecting against serious disease, hospitalization and death. 


UCI Great Big Read Presents Author Brit Bennett
Tuesday, noon (sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence)

Making Waves: Entrepreneur Conversations with alumna Bianca Gates
Tuesday, noon (sponsored by Beall Applied Innovation)

Japanese Tea Ceremony
Tuesday, 12:15 p.m. (sponsored by Staff Assembly’s Education & Enrichment Committee)

How Addiction Hijacks the Brain
Tuesday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory)

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


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U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh In Southern California To Promote Trillion-Dollar Infrastructure Plan

KCBS, July 9

U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is visiting UC Irvine, including an electric vehicle charging station, among other places in the region, with Reps. Katie Porter and Mike Levin.

2021 Rams Training Camp Schedule and Giveaways

KNBC, July 9

The Rams will open their 2021 training camp July 28 at UCI. Ten practices will be open to the public during the nearly two-week camp. Fans must register here.

Orange County's rising COVID-19 statistics concern UCI professor

Spectrum News 1 (City News Service), July 7

Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention.


Group photo of night staff at UCI

I would like to give a great big shout out to the custodial staff that have returned to the Student Center.  In the picture are: Jose Lopez, Silvia Segovia, Maria Gutierrez, Araceli Nava, Lupe Galvan and Kendy Barajas.  I would also like to welcome back the day custodial crew, Operations, Maintenance and Administration.  I’m so happy you are all well, I can’t wait until things get better so we can see each other again and not on Zoom.  

Please continue to stay safe, this too shall pass,

Donna Marie, Night Custodial Supervisor

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