Aug. 6 - The Olympics then and now, indoor masking
A red succulent on the UCI campus. Photo by Ian Parker
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I’m vaccinated. Why do I need to wear a mask again inside?
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UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
The Olympics - then and now
The first Olympics in recorded history, in 776 B.C.E., featured only one athletic competition — a 600-foot race — and the Games operated mainly as a religious festival until the modern Olympics began in 1896. How else have the Olympics changed? Zina Giannopoulou, associate professor of classics, contrasts the ancient and modern versions.
Through the decades, dozens of UCI athletes have competed in the Games.
The 1932 Olympics transformed Los Angeles, and Billy Garland played the crucial role in bringing the Games to the City of Angels. UCI professor and literary journalism program director Barry Siegel recounts the saga in his book Dreamers and Schemers: How an Improbable Bid for the 1932 Olympics Transformed Los Angeles from Dusty Outpost to Global Metropolis.
- The Olympic Games celebrate fraternity and peace, and in each Olympic Village the host country creates a display to share that message. In his latest Postcard from Tokyo, UCI women's water polo head coach Dan Klatt, who is an assistant coach on the U.S. Women's National Team, writes about Japan’s truce mural, which is a wooden display of interlocking pieces made of Japanese cedar and Japanese cypress.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Friday fun fact
Summer session: Over three-quarters of UC undergraduates report taking summer courses at their home UC campus.
California mandates vaccines for indoor healthcare workers, largely removing a testing option
California is now requiring all healthcare personnel who work indoors with or near patients to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, largely removing an option that let unvaccinated employees submit to regular testing instead, The New York Times reports.
UCI IN THE NEWS
National Geographic, Aug. 5
Cited: Bill Maurer, professor of anthropology and dean of the School of Social Sciences
The Atlantic, Aug. 6
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health
NPR, Aug. 5
Cited: Elizabeth Loftus, distinguished professor of psychological science
“Covering the Olympics has been such an extraordinarily challenging yet amazing experience. This role is not about being first; it’s about being right and upholding the gold standard and integrity NBC Sports has had while covering the Games for so many decades.” – Henry Curi ’20, literary journalism, describing his role as an editorial researcher for NBC
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