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Nov. 24 - Happy Thanksgiving break, handling holidays alone

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Happy Thanksgiving

Because of the Thanksgiving break, this will be the last UCI Digest until Monday, Nov. 29. Have a happy holiday and safe travels.

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.

'Tis the season to be... stressed? UCI psychologist Jessica Borelli shares tips on how to handle stress, grief and COVID-19 complexities during the holidays:

I’m going to be alone for the holidays this year. How can I stay positive and engaged?

It might help to make a list of activities ahead of time that feel like holiday treats and that you find restorative. How about simple things like listening to music, taking a bubble bath, watching movies on the couch, reading the paper from front to back, baking cookies, sleeping in, taking long walks, catching up by phone with old friends or taking your dog to the park? Doing a few of these or similar activities each day will replenish your energy and help you stay positive and engaged.


Guidance for students non-compliant with flu vaccine mandate

Today, the Student Health Center is contacting Anteaters who, according to their records, remain non-compliant with the university’s flu vaccine mandate. After being reminded that the COVID-19 pandemic makes it more important to obtain a flu vaccination to more fully protect oneself and the entire campus community, these students will be informed of the next steps they need to take. Look for information on pop-up flu clinics in next week’s UCI Digest.

ExpertsOn: supply chain

As the holiday shopping season kicks off tonight in some stores, supply-chain issues have many worried about shipping delays for hot items. Is this delay new or has it been a long time in the making? Gustavo Oliveira, assistant professor of global & international studies, and Li Zhang, assistant specialist, dive into the supply-chain crisis on the School of Social Sciences’ latest “ExpertsOn” video.

What’s the real cause of your turkey day tummy ache?

Indulging in a holiday feast can give some people heartburn, but regular bouts of acid reflux may signal gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD could lead to precancerous Barrett's esophagus or esophageal cancer, but UCI Health gastroenterologist Dr. Kenneth Chang says it’s not fully understood why some people get GERD and others do not.

UCI-led team detects signs of neutrinos at Large Hadron Collider

The international Forward Search Experiment team, led by UCI physicists, achieved the first-ever detection of neutrino candidates produced by the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN facility near Geneva, Switzerland. The researchers describe their discovery in a paper published today in Physical Review D.


Are your sniffles from a cold, allergies or COVID-19?

Did you know that the early stages of COVID-19 illness can feel like a common cold or seasonal allergies? California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Tomás Aragón discusses coronavirus symptoms and when you should get tested.

A holiday season with vaccines, boosters and rising COVID infections

As the holiday season kicks off and temperatures approach freezing across much of the nation, families are huddling indoors at a time COVID-19 is accelerating at a disturbing pace. After steadily dropping over the last months, the seven-day national average in new coronavirus cases has increased by 18%, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week.

With hospitals full, Central California pleading to send COVID-19 patients to L.A.

The surge is still so dire that Central California health officials are pleading with state officials to make it easier to transfer hospital patients to areas like Los Angeles County. "We don't have enough hospitals to serve the population and the needs," says Fresno County’s interim health officer.


Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This”
Monday, 1 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations)

UCI Wind Ensemble-Fall 2021
Monday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)

Get Connected! Build Your Own Study Kit
Monday, 4:30 p.m. (sponsored by Student Success Initiatives)

Global Elections III: Hong Kong
Tuesday, 12:15 p.m. (sponsored by Fair Elections and Free Speech Center)

RISE Suite Cookie Exchange
Tuesday, drop in 1-5 p.m. (sponsored by Sustainability Resource Center)

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.

As holidays near, 'smash-and-grab' robbers hit U.S. retailers

Reuters, Nov. 23
Cited: Charis Kubrin, professor of criminology, law and society

Supreme Court will hear dispute over GOP legislators' defense of North Carolina voter ID law

CNN, Nov. 24
Cited: Rick Hasen, Chancellor’s professor of law and political science

DispatchHealth Teams Up with UCI Health to Offer Acute-Level Home-Based Care

Home Health Care News, Nov. 23
Cited: Susanna Rustad, UCI Health executive director of virtual care


High-five Anteaters. You’re doing great! Keep working hard!

High-five Anteaters. You’re doing great! Keep working hard!

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.


Two new campus cases

One employee and one student tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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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.