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Nov. 4 - UC Health backs kid vaccinations; holidays ahead

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What UCI looked like in 1963

Anteater Time Machine: What UCI looked like in 1963, two years before opening.


UCI and CHOC team up in national rare diseases network

To improve access, care and research for rare disease patients, the National Organization for Rare Disorders has designated 31 Centers of Excellence across the U.S., including a new program formed by UCI Health and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Holidays on the horizon

’Tis the season for some time off: Veterans Day is next Thursday, Nov. 11, and Thanksgiving break is Nov. 25 and 26. December brings the winter administrative recess, which closes most campus offices from Thursday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Dec. 31. Everything reopens Monday, Jan. 3. Under UC policy, three days during winter recess – Dec. 27, 28 and 29 – will not be paid holidays. To cover those days, employees have three options:

  1. Use paid vacation time (which may be used in advance of accrual during this period).

  2. Use compensatory time off, if available, with approval of your supervisor.

  3. Take up to three days off without pay.

Founding professor reflects on UCI history

Spencer Olin, an emeritus professor of history who began teaching here in 1965, discusses UCI’s growth, his various assignments over the years and his favorite role: directing the university’s innovative Humanities Core course.


UC Health endorses kid vaccinations

Echoing the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics, UC Health officials have endorsed COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 as “a significant step forward in the fight against the pandemic.”

U.S. mandates vaccines or tests for private companies

Workers at companies with at least 100 employees will have to be vaccinated by Jan. 4 or take weekly COVID-19 tests and wear a mask. Healthcare workers will not have a testing option. The mandate will affect about 100 million Americans.

‘Vax’ is Oxford’s word of the year

In 2021, the shorthand for “vaccine” and “vaccination” was used 72 times more frequently than last year, according to Oxford Languages, creator of the Oxford English Dictionary. Vax can be either a noun or a verb, and it's spawned a multitude of derivatives, including "vax sites," "vax cards," “anti-vax” and "fully vaxxed.”


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Monday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by School of Social Ecology)

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Your guide to safer holiday travel

The Washington Post, Nov. 4
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention

$3M Grant From NSF To Help UC Irvine Retain STEM Students

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Nov. 3
Cited: Pheather R. Harris, director of the California Alliance for Minority Participation

Columbus woman's exoneration makes history

10TV, Nov. 1 (Video)
Cited: Simon Cole, director of the National Registry of Exonerations and professor of criminology, law & society


Four new campus cases

Two employees and two students tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. 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.