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Nov. 15 - Women’s soccer upsets UCLA, spreading cheer (but nothing else)

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Peter the Anteater is back

Selfie shtick: We can confirm the caps lock wasn’t stuck Friday when Peter The Anteater tweeted, “I’M BACK HOME!” Photo courtesy of Twitter/@PeterTAnteater


The #undisputed 2021 Big West champs roll on.

The #undisputed 2021 Big West champs roll on. Photo courtesy of Twitter/@UCIwsoc

Anteaters stun Pac-12 champ UCLA to advance in NCAA women’s soccer tourney

Midfielder Destinee Manzo sent a pass to Alyssa Moore deep in the box, and Moore converted it for a goal in the 14th minute against the Bruins at UCLA’s Wallis Annenberg Stadium on Friday. The lone goal of the soccer match ended the No. 2 seed Bruins' pursuit of an undefeated season and second national title and sent the Anteaters to the NCAA tournament’s second round. UCLA had opened the season with a 3-0 win at home over UCI, which now faces Wisconsin on Friday.

Sean and Rebecca Ramos

“There are no words to explain how much I love him and how happy I am that he’s doing well," says Rebecca Ramos of husband Sean. Photo by Carlos Puma for UCI Health

Mantle cell lymphoma patient gets lifesaving transplant

When treatments elsewhere failed to knock out his lymphoma, Sean Ramos turned to the UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Specialists there devised an intensive plan of chemotherapy, radiation and a transplant with bone marrow stem cells donated by Ramos’ sister, Brigette Gosney. A year after undergoing the procedure at Orange County’s only adult bone marrow transplant program, 51-year-old Ramos is in remission, able to celebrate his beloved wife Rebecca’s birthday and continue to share his love of sports with their four children.

Judge Maria D. Hernandez and professor Elizabeth Cauffman are flanked by new graduates (from left) Chiefwinds, Gavin and Joseph, whose last names were withheld by request.

Judge Maria D. Hernandez and professor Elizabeth Cauffman are flanked by new graduates (from left) Chiefwinds, Gavin and Joseph, whose last names were withheld by request. Photo by Mimi Ko Cruz/UCI

Young Adult Court celebrates fourth graduation

Five young men recently had felony convictions wiped from their records during an emotional graduation ceremony of the Orange County Young Adult Court. Each graduate credited the program — created by Elizabeth Cauffman, professor of psychological science, and UCI alumna and Orange County Superior Court Judge Maria D. Hernandez — for giving them a second chance to start fresh.

Tips on spreading the cheer (but nothing else)

The following guidance is from David Souleles, director of UCI ‘s COVID-19 Response Team:

  • All campus activities, including team/office gatherings, should ensure participants are following UCI Directives for face coverings, testing and daily symptom check as well as UCI contractor/vendor and visitor guidance. Participants should also be in compliance with COVID-19 and flu vaccination policies.

  • Universal masking indoors is required on campus unless actively eating or drinking. Masking is not required outdoors.

  • Gatherings are permitted indoors, although outdoors is always safer, particularly if food is being served.

  • Avoid crowded gatherings indoors and poorly ventilated spaces.

  • If you are sick or have symptoms, do not host or attend a gathering.

  • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

  • Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands regularly.

  • Event organizers should keep a list of attendees with contact information to provide to Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services should a case be reported at the event.

Protect your vehicle and its contents

The theft over the weekend of a gold 2000, four-door Honda Civic from the Vista del Campo Norte parking lot serves as a reminder to follow Chief of Police Liz Griffin’s safety tips:

  • Ensure that all doors are locked and fully close all windows (including sunroof). 

  • Carry the car registration and insurance card with you. Don't leave personal identification documents in the vehicle. 

  • Never leave purses, wallets, electronics or other valuables in plain sight.

Meanwhile, if you have information about the Honda Civic theft that is believed to have happened between 8 p.m. Friday and 7:45 a.m. Saturday, contact UCIPD at 949-824-5233.


Foreign students returning to U.S., but below pre-COVID levels

International students are returning to U.S. colleges in stronger numbers this year, but the rebound has yet to make up for last year’s historic declines as COVID-19 continues to disrupt academic exchange, according to a new survey. Nationwide, American colleges and universities saw a 4% annual increase in international students this fall, according to survey results released today by the Institute of International Education. But that follows a decrease of 15% last year — the steepest decline since the institute began publishing data in 1948.

50% of people who survive COVID face lingering symptoms: study

At least 50% of those who survive COVID-19 experience a variety of physical and psychological health issues for six months or more after their initial recovery, according to research on the long-term effects of the disease, published in the journal JAMA Network Open. The study, based on data from 250,351 adults and children, found that more than half experience a decline in general well-being, resulting in weight loss, fatigue, fever or pain.


Thanksgiving & Friendsgiving Grab & Go
Wednesday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by International Center)

Wellness Wednesday Walk: Sea & Sage Wildlife Sanctuary
Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. (sponsored by Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion)

Holiday Floral Arrangement Tutorial
Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. (sponsored by Staff Assembly’s Education and Enrichment Committee)

Prepare for the Virtual Interview
Wednesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Career Pathways)

UCI Jazz Orchestra - Fall 2021
Wednesday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

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.

UCI Takes Over as Largest Orange County Employer

Orange County Business Journal, Nov. 15
Cited: Chancellor Howard Gillman

Ping. Ding. Chirp. Notifications Are Driving Us Crazy.

The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 15
Cited: Gloria Mark, Chancellor’s Professor of informatics

The ‘great resignation’ is a trend that began before the pandemic – and bosses need to get used to it

Yahoo News, Nov. 12
Author: Ian O. Williamson, dean of the Paul Merage School of Business


13 new campus cases

One employee and 12 students tested positive for COVID-19 Friday through Sunday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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