July 23 - Olympics begin for ’Eaters, UCI scientists search for exoplanets
David Smith, civil engineering '07, is playing for Team USA in men's indoor volleyball at the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. UCI Athletics
Upload your COVID-19 vaccination record for a chance at two Rams training camp VIP tickets
Want to attend Rams training camp? Faculty and staff who upload their COVID-19 vaccination record or request an exception or deferral by Aug. 2 will be entered into a random drawing for two passes to UCI’s Los Angeles Rams Training Camp VIP hospitality tent and reception on Aug. 9. If you’ve already uploaded your record, then you’ve already been entered into the contest.
Women’s volleyball unveils 2021 schedule
The last time UCI’s women’s volleyball team played a regular season match was in 2019 — and they are ready to get back on the court. The team will compete in four preseason tournaments, including two at the Bren Events Center, in August and September. The first regular season matches will be on the road on Sept. 24 and Sept. 25, while the first regular season home games will be Oct. 1 against UC Davis and Oct. 2 against UC Riverside.
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
California’s carbon mitigation efforts may be thwarted by climate change itself
Policymakers are relying, in part, on the carbon-capturing abilities of California’s forests to make the state carbon neutral by 2045. But climate change may hamper forests’ ability to do just that, according to a new study by UCI researchers. California’s natural carbon storage capacity may drop as much as 16% due to climate change, the researchers calculated. (UPI wrote a story about the study.)
UCI scientists hunt for exoplanets
Earth-like planets exist outside our solar system, and by measuring their gravitational wobbles scientists can identify which planets those are. UCI astronomer Paul Robertson, along with his students and postdocs, is using the NEID spectrometer attached to a telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona to find these potentially habitable planets.
Living full throttle after hip replacement surgery
UCI Health says that hip replacement is no longer just for older adults, thanks to better implants and advanced surgical techniques.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Friday fun fact
Leading the way: Around 60% of UC seniors report an increase in leadership skills compared to when they started college.
UC Olympians on quest for gold at Tokyo Summer Games
The Olympics opening ceremony is today in Tokyo, and many athletes from across the UC system will be competing for gold. Athletes linked to UCI are competing in water polo, volleyball and other sports.
UCI women’s water polo coach Dan Klatt, who is an assistant coach on the U.S. Women's National Team, is documenting his trip to Tokyo. The schedule so far? Lots of training, while growing accustomed to the time change. Read Dan’s latest Postcard from Tokyo.
Poor and minority Americans suffer more from extreme heat
Low-income neighborhoods and communities with higher Black, Hispanic and Asian populations experience significantly more urban heat than wealthier and predominantly white neighborhoods within a vast majority of populous U.S. counties, according to new research from UC San Diego.
Why aren’t the vaccines FDA-approved?
The U.S. government wants you to get the shot. But its FDA has only provisionally approved the vaccines. Why? The FDA, while urging people to get vaccinated, says it is following its standard procedure to study the vaccines’ effectiveness and safety. Full approvals could come as soon as this fall.
Opportunities for Early-Career Scientists through SBIR/STTR Funding
Tuesday at noon (sponsored by UCI Beall Applied Innovation)
Strategies for the Sandwich Generation
Tuesday at noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)
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UCI IN THE NEWS
UPI, July 22
Cited: doctoral student Shane Coffield
Spectrum News 1, July 22
Cited: Shruti Gohil, assistant professor of infectious diseases
KABC-7, July 22
Los Angeles Rams training camp returns to UCI from July 28 to Aug. 10.
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COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
One new campus case
One on-campus employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
Remember to upload your vaccine record
Vaccination is a critical step toward our campus's fall return. Help our community, by uploading your vaccine record.