Sept. 14 - Solutions to California’s climate-worsened droughts, Pharmacy’s White Coat Ceremony
UCI Pride sign on the Anteater Pavillion framed by white blossoms. Photo by Ian Parker
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.
For today’s Ask the Expert, we are recapping the Campus Dialogues Town Hall, which was hosted by the Office of the Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor and covered prevention and safety measures for in-person instruction during this fall quarter. The Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation also has detailed information for instructors who are returning to the classroom this fall. For additional information, visit UCI Forward, where a link to a recording of the webinar will be available soon.
UCI’s objective is to create a safe and flexible environment for instruction while closely following public health guidelines. Contact your department or the Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation for more information about flexible teaching arrangements.
Reports from UC Berkeley, UC Merced and UCI Law indicate that students are enthusiastic for in-person instruction.
Current daily cases in Orange County are down 40 percent from August high with the delta variant. Contingency planning is in place in the instance that COVID-19 cases dramatically increase.
Daily symptom checks will still be required of all students, staff and faculty regardless of vaccination status, and those not fully vaccinated will need weekly testing if they are returning to campus. Some testing of asymptomatic vaccinated people will also take place.
There are no capacity limits for in-class courses. Instructors and students are expected to be masked during indoor classes, and face coverings will be provided in classrooms. You can also go to the UCI Environmental Health & Safety website to order more. The Disability Services Center has transparent masks that are appropriate for lip reading and meet the standards for health requirements.
Recording instructions will be on all lecterns. Microphones for instructors can also be provided.
If a student refuses to wear a mask, first ask them to leave the classroom. Should the student further refuse, and it’s problematic, as a last resort, you may dismiss the class. The student will be subject to disciplinary measures.
The Teach Anywhere site provides more information about in-person instruction guidelines, policies, logistics and student tech support, including how to handle classroom situations.
If you suspect a COVID-19 positive case in your class, contact UCI’s contract tracing team at 949-824-9918.
You won’t want to miss this. Chancellor’s welcome back is tomorrow
It’s been 18 months since we as a campus community have all been together in person. The extended absence feels surreal. But Wednesday’s town hall is your welcome back. Chancellor Howard Gillman will host the town hall, while other campus leaders offer updates on an exciting fall quarter for students, faculty and staff, an anticipated return of UCI athletics, arts and lecture events, the campus community’s current vaccination rates, and other topics. Register today. (The event will also be livestreamed.)
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
UCI Podcast: The technologies that could solve California’s droughts
As climate change grows more severe, California’s droughts will worsen, making it harder to meet the water needs of city dwellers, farmers and nature. But certain technologies offer hope, such as wastewater recycling, stormwater capture and seawater desalination, says David Feldman, a professor of urban planning and public policy and the director of Water UCI. In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Professor Feldman reviews the options for overcoming worsening droughts, including the most important change of all.
UCI to welcome inaugural Doctor of Pharmacy class at White Coat Ceremony
The white coat is universally recognized as a symbol of the commitment students are making in joining a trusted health profession. And on Sept. 24, UCI’s inaugural class of Pharm.D. students will begin their journey at a White Coat Ceremony — a rite of passage marking the transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
The lives lost to undervaccination, in charts
If all U.S. states got vaccinated at the rates of the quickest state, then 19,500 people would have died from COVID-19 since July 1. In reality, 37,500 people died. Those extra deaths were preventable, assert two professors in this New York Times opinion piece.
Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19
The latest studies from the CDC have found that vaccinated people were 11 times less likely to die from COVID-19, nearly five times less likely to get infected and 10 times less likely to get so sick they ended up in the hospital, compared to fully vaccinated people, NPR reports. "As we have shown, study after study, vaccination works," Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said at a White House COVID-19 briefing.
UCI IN THE NEWS
20 Years After Attacks, Is The 9/11 Era Over?
KPBS, Sept. 10
Guest: Roxane Cohen Silver, Distinguished Professor of psychological science, medicine and public health
The tangled history of mRNA vaccines
Nature, Sept. 14
Cited: Philip Felgner, professor in residence of physiology and biophysics, and director of the UCI Vaccine Research and Development Center
Oldest Known Mint Site Discovery
Numismatic News, Sept. 13
Cited: Bill Maurer, professor of anthropology and dean of the School of Social Sciences
COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
New campus cases
One on-campus employee and two on-campus students 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.
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 Coronavirus Response Center - available at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (949) 824-9918
Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services - assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads; available at email@example.com 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.