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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. 15 - Pandemic and presents, farming in Anaheim

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A rainbow emerges in the ARC fields near the UCI barn and yurt.

A rainbow emerges in the ARC fields near the UCI barn and yurt. Photo by Ian Parker


Reminder: Compliance deadline is Jan. 3

Students entering winter quarter must meet vaccine compliance or request for exception by Jan. 3 to avoid holds on records, enrollment, wifi access, disciplinary action.

Navigating COVID-19 this holiday season

To help you prepare for the holidays with friends and family, UCI Health presents a primer where Dr. Susan Huang, medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention, breaks down vaccines, boosters, testing and gathering indoors vs. outdoors as the delta and omicron variants persist.

Learning lab teaches students about food insecurity, environmental justice and best farming practices

Sabina Giakoumis is running out of room on her business card. Besides being an adjunct professor in the School of Education’s MAT + Credential program and a biology teacher at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, Giakoumis is a farmer. She is leading the development of what is formally known as the Magnolia Agriscience Community Center, which feeds the minds and bellies of students and parents in the Anaheim Union High School District.


President Drake encourages UC community to get boosters

UC President Michael V. Drake issued a statement encouraging members of the UC community to get a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they're eligible. “Although there is still much we don't know about the omicron variant, public health officials have made clear that the variant has the potential to spread quickly,” Drake says. 

California Department of Public Health updated travel guidance

Omicron could bring punishing wave of infections next month, CDC warns

Top federal health officials warned in a briefing Tuesday that the omicron variant is rapidly spreading in the United States and could peak in a massive wave of infections as soon as January, according to new modeling analyzed by the CDC. The prevalence of omicron jumped sevenfold in a single week, according to the CDC.

Has COVID caused a California exodus?

A study released today found no big exodus of people leaving California for other states during the pandemic. But the Golden State is still losing population to domestic migration, because fewer people than usual are moving in from other parts of the United States.


Blood drive (by appointment), Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Health)

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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.

The 50 Best Books of Literary Journalism of the 21st Century

GQ, Dec. 9
Cited: Héctor Tobar, associate professor of Chicano/Latino studies, English and literary journalism

Hydra DNA Reveals There’s More Than One Way to Regrow a Head

The New York Times, Dec. 11
Cited: Ali Mortazavi, professor of developmental and cell biology

Conversations: "Frequently Asked Questions About the Universe"

KPR (audio), Dec. 14
Guest: Daniel Whiteson, professor of physics & astronomy


From Instagram/ucicounselingctr (UCI Counseling Center): Holiday Self-Care: Learn to say ‘no.” You don’t have to do or be perfect. Put the focus on doing what you can do and setting good boundaries.”

From Instagram/ucicounselingctr (UCI Counseling Center): Holiday Self-Care: Learn to say “no.” You don’t have to do or be perfect. Put the focus on doing what you can do and setting good boundaries.

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Four new campus cases

One employee and three students 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.