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Nov. 3 - Vaccine safety for kids, oil spill vs. tiny marine organisms

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Ivy league: Fall colors by the Student Center bridge. Photo by Ian Parker

Ivy league: Fall colors by the Student Center bridge. Photo by Ian Parker


Coleen Cunningham

Coleen K. Cunningham. UCI Health

Is the Pfizer vaccine safe for children?

With a pediatric dose of the COVID-19 vaccine having been approved for children ages 5 through 11, parents are wondering if the shots are safe for their little ones. It is not only safe but necessary, says UCI Health pediatrician Coleen K. Cunningham, who reviewed the clinical trial data of the low-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. “I’m absolutely comfortable giving this to children,” says Cunningham, who leads the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and is senior vice president and pediatrician-in-chief for CHOC.

Oil spill effects on tiny marine organisms explored

Graduate students from the Department of Earth System Science and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are sampling water three days a week at Newport Pier to uncover the effects the recent oil spill is having on some of the tiniest of marine organisms: phytoplankton.

Informatics Professor Kurt Squire featured with his book Making Games for Impact

Kurt Squire. Courtesy of ICS

Kurt Squire shares lessons learned in book Making Games for Impact

In his new book, Kurt Squire, professor of informatics, shares lessons learned from real-world projects to answer this question: How do you tap into people’s passion for gaming to improve learning outcomes and positively influence society?


The CDC recommends Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for children ages 5 to 11

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s formal endorsement on Tuesday will buttress defenses against a possible surge as winter arrives and ease the worries of tens of millions of pandemic-weary parents as the holiday travel season begins.

Adolescents’ recreational screen time doubled during pandemic

UC San Francisco-led researchers found that 12- to 13-year-old children in the U.S. doubled their non-school-related screen time to 7.7 hours a day in May 2020, compared to 3.8 hours a day before the pandemic. The study in JAMA Pediatrics also found that children of color and those from lower-income families logged more hours on screens than their white, wealthier peers.

CDC finds immunity from vaccines is more consistent than from infection

Reviewing scores of research studies and its own unpublished data, the CDC found that both infection-induced and vaccine-induced immunity are durable for at least six months — but that vaccines are more consistent in their protection and offer a huge boost in antibodies for people previously infected.


Live from the World’s Largest Particle Accelerator
Thursday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by School of Physical Sciences)

Forward Together: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Protecting Children from Abuse
Friday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by Initiative to End Family Violence)

Tips for Successfully Tackling the GRE
Friday, noon (sponsored by Division of Career Pathways)

Alt-Right Book Talk: Alt-Right Gangs: A Hazy Shade of White
Friday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by School of Social Ecology)

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.

Can the world trust China on climate change?

The New Statesman, Nov. 2
Cited: Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor's Professor of history 

Justices Hear Challenges to Restrictive Texas Abortion Law

KQED (audio), Nov. 2
Guest: Michele Goodwin, chancellor’s professor of law and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy

Scientists investigate the steep costs of climate change and U.S. wildfires

WSJM (audio), Nov. 3
Cited: Steve Davis, associate professor of Earth system science


First-year student @only_one_aziza proudly displays her Offer of Admission.

First-year student @only_one_aziza proudly displays her Offer of Admission.

Attention, current Anteaters and alumni

Now that the application submission period has opened (and continues through Nov. 30), we’re dying to know: How did you feel when you received your offer of admission? Do you have any advice for future Anteaters? Post answers on the UCI 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.


No new campus cases

No employee or student tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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