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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.

Oct. 19 - UC adopts AI guidance, Flu vaccine requirement

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Fairy lights and gazebo at the University Club

Fairy lights and gazebo at the University Club. Photo by Ian Parker


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

Continuing all week, National Public Radio's “Academic Minute” series features a UCI expert each day. Today features Amal Alachkar, associate professor of teaching in pharmaceutical sciences, who studies pharmacological interventions for trauma-induced depression, as she examines ways to help mitigate the fallout from trauma suffered during war.

Sydney Charles and Tatum Larsen. Photo by Guramrit Malhotra

The Welcome Table

The fall issue of UCI Magazine features a profile of undergrads Sydney Charles and Tatum Larsen, aspiring journalists who co-host the podcast “Black Fam 2.5” and the web series “The Welcome Table With Sydney and Tatum.” Both programs feature interviews with scholars, activists and leaders in the Black community about such topics as mental health, entrepreneurship, Black Lives Matter and the Black experience on campus.

Returning to campus: Facilities Management

Facilities Management provides year-round service to the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In this brief video, learn how campus has been maintained throughout the pandemic and in preparation for the return of students, faculty and staff. Visit https://www.fm.uci.edu/ for more information on enhanced custodial services and cleaning schedules.


UC adopts recommendations for responsible use of artificial intelligence

UC becomes one of the first universities in the nation to establish overarching principles for the responsible use of artificial intelligence and a governance process that prioritizes transparency and accountability in decisions about when and how AI is deployed.

Flu vaccination required for UC students, faculty and staff

The University of California issued a systemwide executive order on Oct. 8 requiring all covered students, faculty, other academic appointees and staff to get vaccinated against influenza by Nov. 19 or opt out using a form supplied by their location after receiving information about flu vaccine.

Drop off unwanted medications on National Take Back Day

Community members are invited to drop off expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications on “National Take Back Day” this Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at numerous locations throughout Orange County.


Siteimprove Learning Circle
Thursday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Disability Services Center)

UCI Financial Webinar: Five Money Musts
Thursday, noon (sponsored by UCI HR Wellness and Fidelity Financial Services)

27th Margolis Lecture: Warriors and Citizens: U.S. Civil-Military Relations After Afghanistan
Thursday, 12:30 p.m. (sponsored by Center for Global Peace & Conflict Studies)

Digital Transformation of UC: The Next Chapter
Thursday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., (sponsored by UC Online)

What Matters to Me and Why, featuring Johnny Hou '06
Thursday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by the Student Alumni Association)

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.


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.

Mass Abduction of U.S. Missionaries Startles Even Kidnap-Weary Haiti

The New York Times, Oct. 17
Cited: Amy Wilentz, English professor

The ultimate guide to San Francisco crime data

San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 19
Cited: Charis Kubrin, professor of criminology, law & society

Follow the Recipe for a True Smart Labs Design

Lab Manager magazine, Oct. 15
Cited: Wendell Brase, associate chancellor for sustainability; Matthew Gudorf, assistant director of FM engineering and campus energy; and Marc Gomez, retiree, environmental health & safety


Haiku Alltruism

A haiku for you --- whatever happens, the sun will rise tomorrow, and we’ll try again.

Alltruism (“all true”) is a project supported by the Barnes & Noble Scholarship that aims to create connections through community, compassion and the creative arts. The initiative was part of The Alltruism Project, and more letters can be found on Instagram.

#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.


Three new campus cases

Two employees and one student tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

Remember to upload 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.