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Oct. 18 - ‘UCI Week’ on NPR’s ‘Academic Minute,’ complete your health screenings

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Reflective teaching: A recent look at the windows and stairway bridge of the School of Education.

Reflective teaching: A recent look at the windows and stairway bridge of the School of Education. Photo by Ian Parker


Shane Coffield kicks off “UCI Week” today on NPR’s “Academic Minute.”

It’s ‘UCI Week’ on NPR’s ‘Academic Minute’

Starting today and continuing all week, National Public Radio's “Academic Minute” series features a UCI expert. Here is the lineup:

TodayShane Coffield, doctorate candidate, Earth system science, who is studying climate change impacts on ecosystems in the West.
Tuesday: Amal Alachkar, associate professor of teaching, pharmaceutical sciences, who studies pharmacological interventions for trauma-induced depression.
Wednesday: Brittany N. Morey, assistant professor of health, society & behavior, who studies health inequities in Chinese and Korean American communities.
Thursday: Joel Milam, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, who studies young survivorship of cancer.
Friday: Jean K. Ho, postdoctoral scholar at the UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, who studies how hypertension medications help ward off memory loss.

Women, don’t delay your health screenings

A pattern Dr. Lauri B. Seymour, a UCI Health primary care physician who specializes in preventive care and women's health, noticed in 2020 was patients opting for telehealth rather than in-patient appointments. Then, once vaccinations were widespread, patients came to her office with long lists of health checks they needed done, including mammograms. Seymour explains why that’s a problem

Building solidarity with communities

Numerous researchers across the campus, from arts to law to ecology and beyond, are closely collaborating with local partners to jointly identify their needs and develop equitable, respectful and inclusive solutions that benefit the greater community. The university’s individual efforts are highlighted in the fall edition of UCI Magazine.


Colin Powell’s death is a reminder that vaccination is about every person, not just one person

Colin L. Powell died this morning from complications related to COVID-19. The former secretary of state’s disease resulted from a breakthrough infection; he was fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. But instead of demonstrating that the vaccine isn’t 100 percent effective in preventing death, which was known, his passing better serves to show the need to tamp down on coronavirus cases more broadly to help protect those most at risk.

What sways homeless people to get COVID-19 shots? It could be other homeless people

It’s a simple and intuitive idea: People tend to listen more to those they know. And so, Los Angeles County health officials are enlisting people living in tents, RVs and makeshift shelters to help get unhoused people vaccinated against COVID-19.

COVID-19 cases rise in northernmost U.S. states

While the coronavirus wave driven by the delta variant is receding in much of the U.S., many counties across the country’s northernmost regions are experiencing rising cases as colder weather arrives. The top five states in new daily cases per capita are Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and Idaho, according to The New York Times database.


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Wednesday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by UCI HR Wellness)

What Matters to Me and Why Featuring Provost Hal Stern
Wednesday, noon
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President Bill Clinton is flanked by Dr. Alpesh N. Amin and Hillary Clinton as he leaves UCI Medical Center on Sunday.

Bill Clinton is Released from Hospital

The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 17
Cited: Clinton physician Dr. Alpesh N. Amin, chair of the department of medicine and director of hospital medicine, UCI Health

Former President Donald Trump's "Big Lie" spreading distrust in nation's election process

CBS News (video), Oct. 15
Cited: Rick Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of law

What’s behind the success of Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’?

CTV (video), Oct. 18
Cited: Kyung Hyun Kim, professor of visual and East Asian studies


Charna Silver (left) and Cyndi Mueller Shelton

Half a century in the making: Charna Silver (left) and Cyndi Mueller Shelton came to campus recently from Nevada and Pennsylvania respectively to share memories of being roomies and compete in the UCI Landmarks photo contest. #UCIpride

#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.


No new campus cases

No employee or student tested positive for COVID-19 from Friday through Sunday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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