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Sept. 22 - Sequestration versus quarantine, Games+Learning+Society Center launches

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Students play Crossnet volleyball in Aldrich Park.

Students play Crossnet volleyball in Aldrich Park. Photo by Ian Parker

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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 by UCI’s COVID-19 Response Center:

What is the difference between quarantine, isolation and sequestration?

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Sequestration, which applies to unvaccinated students moving onto campus, means minimizing in-person interactions whether in the dorms, dining facilities or other on- or off-campus locations where people congregate or interact. See the quarantine and isolation page and the sequestration page for more information.


Stacy Branham makes Popular Science Brilliant 10 list

Popular Science magazine has named Stacy Branham, assistant professor of informatics, as one of its Brilliant 10 for 2021. The annual feature recognizes the most innovative and up-and-coming American scientists, engineers, academic researchers and inventors. Branham was recognized for her work in adapting commonly used technologies for people with disabilities. 

Games + Learning + Society Center relaunched

The intersection of computer games, education and social activism is to be the focal point of the newly relaunched Games + Learning + Society center. Professors Kurt Squire and Constance Steinkuehler of UCI’s Department of Informatics founded the center in 2005 while at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Now they have reimagined it to explore game development and research in a new context dominated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, political upheaval and change in the U.S. and abroad reignited by the racial justice and women’s rights movements.


Biden urges global leaders ‘to go big’ on COVID response

President Biden called on world leaders, pharmaceutical executives and philanthropists to band together to fight the pandemic, The New York Times reports.


Election Subversion: Is American Democracy in Danger?
Friday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Law Fair Elections and Free Speech Center)

What’s Going on Here? A Shocking Mystery-Understanding the Basics of Electrical Safety
Friday, noon (sponsored by UCI Staff Assembly)

Esports Kick-off & Five-Year Anniversary
Friday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Esports)

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


2022 Best Colleges in the U.S.: Harvard, Stanford, MIT Take Top Rankings

The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 21
UCI tied for third in the subset of the collegiate environment ranking—specifically the racial and ethnic diversity of students and faculty, the percentage of undergraduates awarded Pell Grants and the percentage of international students.

Orange County may see tighter supply of monoclonal antibodies

The Orange County Register, Sept. 21
Cited: Dr. Alpesh Amin, UCI Health executive director of hospital medicine

U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods didn’t bring companies back to the U.S., new research finds

The Washington Post, Sept. 21
Co-author: Samantha A. Vortherms, assistant professor of political science


One new campus case

One on-campus student tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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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.

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