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Oct. 26 - Immunity boosting tips, UCI Podcast on oil spill

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Gottschalk Medical Plaza through the trees

Gottschalk Medical Plaza through the trees. Photo by Ian Parker


UCI Podcast: The legal fallout of the Orange County oil spill

The cleanup of the oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach earlier this month is essentially complete, but responsibility for the leak of up to 131,000 gallons has yet to be assigned. In the coming months, and possibly years, it will be the legal system that determines liability — and damages. Michael Robinson-Dorn, a clinical professor of law, co-associate dean for experiential education at the law school and director of UCI’s Environmental Law Clinic, joins the UCI Podcast to discuss how this spill compares to past ones, why simply shutting down offshore drilling is more challenging than it may seem and how society’s values will shape the future of oil drilling in California.

7 ways to boost your immunity this fall

UCI Health offers these seven tried-and-true steps to boost your immune system:

  • Eat nutritious meals full of essential vitamins and minerals
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Get restful sleep
  • Exercise regularly
  • Reduce stress
  • Use good hygiene to avoid the spread of infection
  • Get the annual flu vaccine

Returning to campus: Police Department

In this brief video, the UCI Police Department describes public safety services at both the Irvine campus and the Medical Center. Please visit https://police.uci.edu/ for information on community engagement activities, safety escorts, safety brochures and more.

Noncompliance response procedures

COVID-19 campus procedures and executive directives are intended to keep the UCI community healthy by limiting the spread of COVID-19. Members of the UCI community are expected to behave in ways that respect the health of others. Nevertheless, it is also understood that mistakes and lapses in compliance or intentional noncompliance may occur. Generally, such issues should be addressed with care and understanding. The overarching goal when addressing noncompliance is to deescalate, rather than intensify, a situation. This table lists sample responses to incidents of noncompliance.

Bilingual Boomtown

With several faculty dedicated to research on bilingualism and a new bilingual specialization in its teacher preparation program, the UCI School of Education is addressing the educational needs for a variety of underrepresented students across the nation. The School's new Bilingual Authorization Program, introduced this summer, trains teacher candidates to become leaders in K-12 dual immersion schools.


UC Health signs pledge to use data to address disparities

University of California Health has joined approximately 40 leading organizations in signing the Health Equity Pledge, committing to collect data about race, ethnicity, language and sex and then share what it learns to develop best practices that are ultimately disseminated broadly across the industry.


Resiliency: Bouncing Back After a Setback
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Gartner service overview for UC Irvine
Thursday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by Office of Information Technology)

Writing, Creativity, Suffering: A Roundtable with UCI Student Authors
Thursday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Center for Medical Humanities)

Precision Medicine For Breast Cancer: Current Practice and Future Opportunities
Thursday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Health)

Screening of Professor Fatimah Tobing Rony’s award winning short, "Annah La Javanaise"
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts and Culture Initiative)

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.


Injuries From Bikes, Guns Rose During Lockdowns

U.S. News & World Report (HealthDay News), Oct. 25
Cited: Cristobal Barrios Jr.,health sciences clinical professor in surgery

The past, present, and future of body image in America

Vox, Oct. 18
Cited: Sabrina Strings, Chancellor’s Fellow and associate sociology professor

The Challenge Hero of the Night – Nora Nabi

KNBC Sports, Oct. 24 (Video)
Cited: Nora Nabi, student in the School of Medicine


Four new campus cases

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

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