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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.

Nov. 19 - Open enrollment and flu vaccine deadlines today

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Time for dinner! - Zot Bots on the move delivering food in front of the Student Center at sunset. Photo by Steve Zylius.

Time for dinner! Zot Bots on the move delivering food in front of the Student Center at sunset. Photo by Steve Zylius.

Ask the expert

In this continuing series, UCI experts answer questions about COVID-19, vaccinations, variants or the future of work. Submit questions via email.

Today's question is answered by David Souleles, director of UCI’s COVID-19 Response Team:

After receiving a COVID-19 booster shot and/or the flu vaccine, how long should I wait to get the shingles vaccine?

You do not have to space out doses of different vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that COVID-19 vaccines, including booster doses, may be administered without regard to timing of other vaccines, and this includes simultaneous administration of a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day.


Two deadlines TODAY!

Flu vaccine reminder – deadline is today

Today is the deadline to submit your flu vaccine. The UC issued an executive order that requires all students and employees to get vaccinated against influenza or submit a declination form. Visit this website to learn more about the requirement and how to comply.

Open enrollment  – deadline today

Today by 5 p.m. is the last opportunity to make changes to your 2022 benefits. Heavy traffic is expected on UCPath during the final day of the selection period. ACT NOW.


UCI Health brings in-home medical care to Southern California residents

UCI Health has partnered with DispatchHealth, the nation’s first comprehensive in-home medical care provider, to provide patients with same-day, in-home medical care. The partnership is designed to improve access to care, deliver a better patient experience and reduce the total cost of care for patients throughout Orange County.

Campus Blood Donor Center marks 10th anniversary

Since opening in 2011, the UCI Health Blood Donor Center - Irvine has collected more than 32,000 units of blood and platelets, helping to save lives across Orange County. The center also partners with the School of Social Ecology’s field study program by having students serve as recruitment interns who visit up to 120 classes per quarter to talk about the importance of donating blood. After being closed for nearly a year during the pandemic, the center reopened in February in a temporary spot before returning recently to its home in the Student Center, Room B106. The center operates Mondays through Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vice Chancellor Haynes interview on Black & Thriving

Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Douglas M. Haynes is featured on the Exposure TV network discussing Black & Thriving. The 30-minute video interview is part of the Scratching & Thriving Video Podcast and can be viewed on Exposure TV Network (via app, Roku or smart TV).  The audio version is available on Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Google Podcast.

UCI and UCLA create center to curb cardiovascular disease among minority communities

The center, called the UCLA-UCI Center for Eliminating Cardiometabolic Disparities in Multi-Ethnic Populations (or UC END-DISPARITIES), will fill a gap in current efforts to advance health equity through a community-academic, partnered approach, and will also prevent and reduce the harmful impact that cardiovascular disease has on minority communities.

UCI ranks No. 3 for Top Colleges in the West for Diversity

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings placed UCI at No. 3 for diversity in its annual rankings, released Nov. 17. UCI, Cal State Northridge and San Francisco State all tied for No. 3 nationally for the diversity of their students and faculty. In the WSJ/THE rankings, diversity accounts for 10% of a school’s overall score.


Friday fun fact

Doctoral preparation: 98% of Ph.D. respondents said they feel prepared to critically analyze and evaluate findings and results, and conduct research in an ethical manner. 

UC Travel information sessions

With traditional travel planning in flux because of the pandemic, the Central Travel Office will hold informational sessions on budget airfare and international travel.

Update Your Parents’ Browser Day is Nov. 25

Thanksgiving falls on Nov. 25 this year. Many people will be spending time with family, cooking, laughing, joking and enjoying in-person quality time. This year, another equally important (albeit less popular) holiday also falls on Nov. 25: Update Your Parents’ Browser Day. The UC IT Blog offers tips on how to keep you and your family cyber safe.

New fact sheet: COVID-19 booster vaccines

The California Department of Public Health has created a new fact sheet for boosters. The fact sheet has information about who should get a COVID-19 booster - as well as when, where and why. The fact sheet is available in English and Spanish.


Alcohol & the Adolescent Brain
Tuesday, at 1 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Brain)

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 breaks ground on $1.3B hospital, medical complex in ceremony at Irvine campus

Daily Pilot, Nov. 16
Cited: UCI Health Chief Executive Chad T. Lefteris 

Area burned by wildfires could increase by as much as 92% by 2040s in Sierra Nevada, study finds

CNN, Nov. 17
Cited: Aurora Gutierrez, environment and climate researcher

Reforming Forensics: Why Academics Are Challenging the Science Behind U.S. Criminal Justice

Discover, Oct. 15 (Nov/Dec 2021 magazine issue) 
Cited: Simon Cole, professor of criminology, law and society


Alltruism - Everything will be ok

Anteaters, don’t forget to enjoy the little things. Everything will be okay!

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.


Five new campus cases

Two employees and three students tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

Remember to upload your vaccine record

Student Record Upload

Employee Record Upload

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.