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Oct. 14 - Free train tickets; Aldrich Park comedy; K-9 Cliff

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Anteater Time Machine: For the 1976 film “Silent Movie,” director Mel Brooks shot a zany wheelchair race scene in and around Aldrich Park featuring actor/race car driver/salad dressing philanthropist Paul Newman and comedians Dom DeLuise, Marty Feldman and Brooks.


Cliff notes: The story of UCI’s first K-9

Meet Cliff, a chocolate Labrador retriever who sniffs so hard and fast during training exercises that it’s the equivalent of a person running a couple miles, his supervisor says. The young K-9 is certified in detecting explosives and firearms.

Metrolink train ticket giveaway

Experience train commuting for free. UCI Transportation has partnered with Metrolink to provide campus faculty, staff and students with two free round-trip train tickets. Simply download Metrolink’s mobile app and create an account with your UCI email address before Oct. 31 – and your tickets will be automatically loaded to your account within three business days. To learn more about commuting by rail, including rebates, visit UCI’s train commute page.

How art students overcame pandemic limitations

Using technology, UCI artists performed music together from separate locations, acted in front of green screens, danced online and projected artwork onto walls and walkways.

Map shows UCI’s Wi-Fi hot spots

This interactive campus map helps people find areas with the most reliable wireless connections.


People with breakthrough infections unlikely to transmit virus

Contrary to conventional wisdom, vaccinated people with breakthrough COVID-19 infections aren’t as likely to transmit the virus as scientists originally thought. Although such transmissions may happen on occasion, vaccinated people aren’t as infectious because they have already made antibodies to the coronavirus, new evidence suggests.


Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

Is social media the main issue affecting our children's mental health?

WFTS, Oct. 14 (Video)
Cited: Candice Odgers, professor of psychological science

The O.C. oil spill could have been a much bigger disaster. Here is what went right

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 12
Cited: Matthew Bracken, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology

Why You Should Make Sure You Get The Flu Shot During 'Unpredictable' Flu Season

International Business Times, Oct. 11
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health & disease prevention


Why was actor Peter Graves at UCI in the 1980s?

Can you solve a photo mystery?

Last Thursday, we asked if anyone knew the story behind a 1982-86 archive photo of actor Peter Graves in a UCI science lab. The only theory we received (from retiree Aileen Ledwidge Broccardo) was that it might be connected to “Discover: The World of Science,” a monthly TV show that Graves hosted around that time. It’s a reasonable possibility, but not conclusive. So we’re posting two more photos from the scene in hopes that a reader might know one of the people in the background who could provide more details.

Peter Graves 2

#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


Two new campus cases

Two students tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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