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 27 - Nursing dean announced, postcards from Tokyo

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Law and Education building

Law and Education building. Photo by Ian Parker


Future of Work Resource Program

The Future of Work Resource Program has been created to ensure that all campus units have access to resources to effectively support a hybrid workforce with consistent and standardized technology and workspace solutions. Units planning for a hybrid workforce may be eligible for conversions of desktop computers to laptops, upgrades to some conference rooms with audio video equipment and the reconfiguring of some workspaces into shared hotel spaces for hybrid employees who work on-site occasionally.

New polling resource available for faculty and staff

Poll Everywhere, a popular web-based polling tool, is now available to faculty and staff as a free resource campuswide. For more information and training resources, visit our Polling @ UCI page.

Return to Onsite Work Training

As we prepare to increase on-campus work, all faculty and staff are reminded to complete the Return-to-Onsite Work training. This training is required by Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health. Even if you will continue to work remotely, we recommend you complete this training. On the UCLC site, click on “Find A Course” and search for “Return to On-Site Work” to register.

Vaccine upload clarification

If you were vaccinated at the Bren Center, please confirm that your vaccination record was uploaded to the employee portal or student health portal. Records of those vaccinated at the Bren through the county or other community-based program may not have been uploaded automatically. It’s a good idea to confirm your record even if you were vaccinated as a UCI Health patient or through the campus clinics for employees.

Additionally, students who are also employees should still upload their COVID-19 vaccine record to the Student Health Portal. UCI’s Contact Tracing & Vaccine Navigation Services is available to help with uploading vaccine records and exception requests and can be reached at 949-824-2300 or by emailing contacttracing@uci.edu.


Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing announces new dean

Mark Lazenby, advanced practice nurse and philosopher, has been appointed dean of the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing following a nationwide search. He will assume his new role on Jan. 1.

Postcards from Tokyo with Dan Klatt

UCI women's water polo head coach Dan Klatt began his 27-day journey at the Tokyo Olympic Games as an assistant coach on the U.S. Women's National Team. His trip began July 13 as he departed Los Angeles with Team USA for Japan. Follow along as he documents his trip with "Postcards from Tokyo."

Why general education?

In the newest installment of #Dennininsights, Vice Provost Michael Dennin addresses a commonly asked question from students: “Why do we have general education?”


UC Library Search is now live

UC Library Search has replaced Melvyl and is now the discovery tool to find and borrow materials from across all UC locations.

CSU to require COVID vaccinations for students, faculty, staff on campus this fall

California State University will require students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus for the fall semester. The decision came one day after state officials announced that government and healthcare workers would be required to show proof of vaccination, and more than a week after the University of California mandated vaccines for students and employees.

Virus’s impact: More relaxing and thinking, less socializing

Because of the pandemic and the widespread social distancing it required, people on average spent more time last year sleeping, watching TV, playing games, using a computer and relaxing and thinking — and less time socializing and communicating in person — than in 2019. Adults also spent more hours, on average, caring for children in their household, according to the American Time Use Survey.


Managing Your Emotions in the Workplace
Thursday at noon, (sponsored by HR Wellness)

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UCI professor honored for contributions in developing COVID-19 vaccine

Spectrum News 1, July 26 (Video)
Guest: Philip Felgner, professor in physiology and biophysics, director of UCI Vaccine Research and Development Center

Rise in COVID-19 Cases Among OC Hospital Employees

KNBC-4, July 22 (Video)
Guest: Karen Edwards, chair and professor of epidemiology and biostatistics

The pandemic slashed the West Coast’s emissions. Wildfires already reversed it.

MIT Technology Review, July 27
Cited: James Randerson, Chancellor’s professor of Earth system science


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“Take a moment to just breathe.”

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.


New campus cases

Three on-campus employees tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. 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.

Employee Record Upload

Student Record Upload

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