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July 14 - Anteater Olympians, combating Zoom fatigue

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Graphic featuring UCI Anteaters headed with hashtag #EatersInTokyo

Fifteen Anteaters are headed to the Summer Olympic Games. Scroll down for story.


UCI moves to reduce Zoom fatigue

Aiming to give people a breather between back-to-back meetings, UCI has adjusted the default settings for Outlook-scheduled gatherings to be five minutes shorter for meetings of 30 minutes or less, and 10 minutes shorter for sessions that run at least 60 minutes. Here’s an example of the new options for scheduling a meeting:

Image of Outlook scheduling with option for shorter meetings


Olympics-bound Anteaters

Fifteen people with UCI ties are set to compete or coach in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games (postponed from last year) in Tokyo. The Anteater contingent will represent four countries (United States, France, Croatia, South Africa) in eight sports (badminton, men’s indoor volleyball, women’s indoor and beach volleyball, cycling, men’s swimming, men’s and women’s water polo). And here are some Anteater Olympic fun facts.

UCI team gets $1M to study memory, learning

A multidisciplinary team of professors received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for research on learning and memory formation.


O.C. cases, hospitalizations rise

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 had hovered in the low- to mid-50s for weeks, but started climbing in late June and stood at 119 on Tuesday, including 25 patients in intensive care. Most were unvaccinated.

99.995% of kids infected with COVID survive, studies say

Children have an extremely slim risk of dying from COVID-19, according to some of the most comprehensive studies to date. And no child with a stand-alone diagnosis of asthma, diabetes, epilepsy or Down syndrome died from COVID-19, researchers said. New York magazine adds more context to the encouraging numbers. 


Historicizing the Black Panther Party in Oakland (co-sponsored by UCI Humanities Center)
Thursday, noon

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.


After San Francisco shoplifting video goes viral, officials argue thefts aren't rampant

NBC News - July 14

Cited: Charis Kubrin, professor of criminology, law and society

Brain Games

This Is Your Brain with Dr. Phil Stieg - July 2 (podcast)

Guest: Susanne Jaeggi, professor of education and director of the Working Memory and Plasticity Lab

Five Ways Early Educators Can Make Math Fun, According to an Early Education Researcher

PBS SoCal - July 13

Cited: Andres Bustamante, assistant professor of education


Share your summer stories, photos

As the state and nation reopen, please let us know about any activities, trips or adventures you’d like to share. We’d especially welcome photos of Peter the Anteater plush toys in exotic or fun locales.

#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.


One new case on campus

An on-campus employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

Potential workplace exposure

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