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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.

Sept. 9 - UCI’s ‘Cool Schools’ reign; eating and masks

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Anteater Time Machine: Students walking near the Gateway Commons, Humanities-Social Sciences and Fine Arts buildings in 1966.

Anteater Time Machine: Students walking near the Gateway Commons, Humanities-Social Sciences and Fine Arts buildings in 1966.

Q&A Ask the Expert header

Each day, a UCI expert will answer one of your questions about COVID-19, vaccinations, variants or the future of work. Submit questions via email.

Today’s question is answered via UCI’s Executive Directive on face coverings:

Are we able to eat at our desk or take sips of a drink when we are in the office or do we have to go outside?

Face coverings can be removed while an individual is eating or drinking indoors on UCI-controlled property, but if you are not fully vaccinated, you must stay at least 6 feet apart from other individuals.


UCI is No. 2 in Sierra magazine’s new ‘Cool Schools’ ranking

The green streak continues. For an unmatched 12th straight year, UCI has finished in the top 10 of Sierra magazine’s annual survey of sustainability leaders among U.S. and Canadian universities and colleges. UCI has ranked first on the “Cool Schools” list four times. This year’s No. 1 was Arizona State University.


Update on WEX Health email to UC employees

Earlier this week, some UC employees received emails from WEX Health (the administrator for UC’s flexible spending account, COBRA and adoption assistance plans) about a change in information in their online WEX accounts. These changes were made in error, but all account information is being corrected and employees don’t need to take any action. Please note there was no security breach and employee data was not compromised. For more information, visit this information page on the incident.

How much wildfire smoke infiltrates our homes?

Such steps as closing up homes and using air filters can cut particulate matter indoors by half on wildfire days, a study found.

Nurse makes chandelier from vaccine vials

She calls the 4-foot-tall chandelier, which is made with hundreds of vaccine vials, the Light of Appreciation. "I love that from far away it just looks like a beautiful chandelier, and then you get closer and you realize it's all vaccine vials," the nurse told NPR.


Managing Campus Public Health & Individual Care
Monday, noon (sponsored by UCI Health Affairs)

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UC Irvine team aims to pioneer battery improvements to power our electric future

KABC-7, Sept. 8
Cited: Huolin Xin, associate professor of physics and astronomy

Why Risk of a Flu, COVID-19 ‘Twindemic’ Is Higher This Year

Healthline, Sept. 8
Cited: Karen L. Edwards, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Kids are more depressed than ever. Is social media to blame?

Parentology, Sept. 8
Cited: Candice Odgers, psychological science professor


No new campus cases

No on-campus employees or on-campus students tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. 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.

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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.

For COVID-19 questions

UCI Forward - information on campus status and operational updates

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

UCI Health COVID-19 FAQs

UCI Coronavirus Response Center - available at covid19@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-9918

Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services - assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads; available at contacttracing@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-2300

Program in Public Health chatline - answers to questions about COVID-19

For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.