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 13 - Athletics full capacity in fall, new Social Ecology dean

Section 1

The barn and the yurt, viewed across the ARC fields: UCI

The barn and the yurt, viewed across the ARC fields: UCI. Photo by Ian Parker


UCI Athletics announces 100% capacity starting this fall

In accordance with updated public health guidance regarding COVID-19, UCI Athletics events will be at full seating capacity for the upcoming 2021-22 season. Fans can look for fall sport schedules to be released later this month. Athletics will utilize mobile ticketing for all home games.


Jon Gould is named dean of UCI’s School of Social Ecology

Jon Gould, a distinguished scholar in justice policy, social change and government reform who has held key positions in the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Science Foundation, will become the new dean of the School of Social Ecology, following a nationwide search. He will assume the post on Jan. 1.

UCI Health study finds COVID-19 vaccination reduced infections among healthcare staff

A new study published in JAMA Network saw a reduction of COVID-19 infection rates among healthcare personnel at UCI Health after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Vaccines exist to curb disease transmission – yet there was a lot of skepticism around whether COVID-19 vaccination would be effective against silent spreaders of the disease,” says Dr. Shruti Gohil, UCI Health associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention. “We were able to dispel these rumors and show the vaccine’s effectiveness in decreasing both symptomatic and asymptomatic infections.”


Orange County Fair returns this week

The OC Fair opens Friday. To help manage daily capacity limits, tickets must be purchased in advance on certain days.

States with low vaccinations driving up COVID-19 case rates

States that have fully vaccinated more than half of their residents reported an average of 2.8 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people each day last week, compared to an average of about 7.8 cases per 100,000 people each day in states that have vaccinated less than half of their residents.

"We really need to get more people vaccinated, because that's the solution," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

FDA warns of potential rare neurological complication with Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated the label on Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine Monday to warn of the possible increased risk of a rare neurological complication known as Guillain-Barré syndrome. While the FDA said it had not established the vaccine could cause the syndrome, it noted an increase in reports of the sometimes paralyzing condition. The FDA said 100 preliminary reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome had been filed with the government's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, out of 12.8 million Janssen vaccines given.


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.

Online Security Questions Are Not Very Effective. I Still Love Them.

The New York Times Magazine, July 13

Cited: Bonnie Ruberg, assistant professor, film & media studies

Desert plant life disappearing due to climate change, UC Irvine study says

The Orange County Register, July 12

Cited: James Randerson, Chancellor’s Professor Earth system science

EP 1051B - New Mouse Model Provides 1st Platform to Study Late-Onset Alzheimer's

You The Owner’s Manual Podcast, July 6 (Podcast)

Guest: Professor Frank LaFerla, dean of the School of Biological Sciences and a Chancellor’s Professor in the department of neurobiology and behavior


Altruism 25

Thanks for holding it together.

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.

#UCIconnected spotlights student, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions to marketing@uci.edu or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


Two new campus cases

One on-campus employee and one student who was on campus tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

Potential workplace exposure

UCI provides this notification of a potential workplace COVID-19 exposure. Employees and subcontractors who were in these locations on the dates listed may have been exposed to the coronavirus. You may be entitled to various benefits under applicable federal and state laws and University-specific policies and agreements. The full notification is available on the UCI Forward site. If you have been identified as a close contact to a COVID-19 case, the UCI Contact Tracing Program will contact you and provide additional direction.

UCI Forward - information on campus status and operational updates

UCI Health COVID-19 Updates - important information related to UCI Health