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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.

Dec. 7 - UCI Health Affairs Town Hall, fall 2021 enrollment

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Say cheeze! This pooch from Go Team Therapy dogs is enjoying visiting with students during finals week. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Say cheese! This pooch from Go Team Therapy dogs enjoys visiting with students during finals week. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

UCI Health Affairs Town Hall - Omicron variant and general public health

Next Thursday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m., faculty and staff are invited to join a UCI Health town hall discussing the latest updates on COVID-19, variants and managing the upcoming holidays. This is a webinar and only the speakers will be visible during the town hall. An open Q&A will follow the remarks. Registration is required. If you are unable to join the Zoom and would like to ask a question, please send it in advance to healthaffairs@hs.uci.edu.


Fall 2021 enrollment data shows student diversity trending upward

After a historic year of moving instruction to a remote environment, receiving a record number of applications and dropping SAT/ACT scores in admission decisions, fall 2021 enrollment data is showing an increasingly diverse student body.

UCI Podcast: Enrollment management’s unique perspective

With a bird’s-eye view of the UCI student body, enrollment management is in the unique position to see into the future. This ability to identify trends enables the division – which includes undergraduate admissions, financial aid and scholarships, the registrar, and enrollment management analytics – to engage with campus partners and create the environment that best meets the needs of our students and advances the campus’ mission. In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Patty Morales breaks down just how her division helps to position UCI as a future-ready campus that produces future-ready students.

New University Hills housing project approved by UC Regents

A new housing project for University Hills Area 12 has been approved by the UC Regents. This approval will allow the construction of 102 units on the east side of Los Trancos Drive. The first phase will include two buildings, each with 16 three-bedroom units. To review conceptual floor plans, graphics and other materials, including the UCI Environmental Review, go to https://icha.uci.edu/Area12. The demolition of the eastside Las Lomas Apartments is scheduled to begin in early 2022. Details regarding eligibility for and the timing of new home drawings are still to be determined. For questions, contact the ICHA Real Estate Sales and Administration Department at sales@icha.uci.edu.

Mellon Foundation supports yearlong series on Black Reconstruction

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded UCI a $225,000 grant to examine today’s complex structural and social issues, with the role Black Americans played in reconstructing American society following the Civil War as the framework. The yearlong series, titled “Black Reconstruction as a Portal,” will draw on cross-disciplinary expertise from humanities, law, social ecology and social sciences to critically assess how education, crisis and land remain relevant lenses through which to view ongoing global racial, economic and social issues.

American Heart Association recognizes UCI campus and UCI Health for workplace health achievement

The results of the American Heart Association 2021 Workplace Health Achievement Index show UCI achieved national Gold Level recognition for taking significant steps to build a culture of health and well-being for our workforce. This is the 11th consecutive year UCI has received the association’s highest honor. Studies show healthy employees are more productive and use less sick time, and organizations that create a culture of health in the workplace can improve employee retention and organizational reputation.


Hundreds of UC faculty among the world’s Highly Cited Researchers

Clarivate’s 2021 list identified 6,602 researchers who had significant influence in their field or fields, as evidenced by the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. The annual list identifies a virtual “who’s who” in the sciences and social sciences from around the world. Across the UC system, faculty and researchers accounted for 317 of those listed — or nearly 5% of the global total.

The most used emoji this year

According to data collected by the Unicode Consortium, the not-for-profit organization responsible for digitizing the world’s languages, Tears of Joy accounts for over 5% of all emoji use (the only other character that comes close is the red heart and there is a steeeeeep cliff after that). View the top 10 emojis used worldwide in 2021.


ScholarShare 529 College Savings Plan
Thursday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Prioritizing Mental Health in the Hispanic Community
Thursday, noon (sponsored by School of Medicine)

Learning more about the home buying process
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Mindfulness: Being Present in Your Work and Life
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Another World is Possible: Rethinking Conservation in (and from) China
Thursday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by School of Social Sciences)

Cannabis for Pain
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute)

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.

Dr. Jose Mayorga Speaks With Lesley Marin About Omicron Variant Of COVID-19

KCBS-2, Dec. 4 (Video)
Interviewed: Dr. Jose Mayorga, executive director, UCI Health Family Health Centers and UCI assistant professor, School of Medicine

Black and Hispanic renters experience discrimination in almost every major American city

Vox, Dec. 7
Cited: David Neumark, economist and Distinguished Professor

Is the new COVID-19 normal a new, worrisome variant every few months?

Yahoo News (USA Today), Dec. 5
Cited: David Souleles, director of the COVID-19 Response Team


Alltruism - Even Rocky had a late start

Even Rocky had a late start...Go at your own pace :) You’ll make it to the finish line.

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.


Seven new campus cases

One employee and six students tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. 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.