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Dec. 17 - Town Hall recap, student update for winter quarter

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View of San Gabriel mountains from UCI ecological preserve on a clear day following the rain. Photo by Steve Zylius

View of San Gabriel mountains from UCI Ecological Preserve on a clear day following the rain. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Town Hall recap

In UCI’s fourth town hall of 2021, Health Affairs took the spotlight Thursday to share the latest in the COVID-19 story. The focus was on the omicron variant, vaccines, public health changes and the campus response.


Winter quarter update for students

In preparation for the start of winter quarter 2022, you are required to submit proof of your COVID-19 vaccination or a request for exception on medical, disability or religious grounds, or a deferral based on pregnancy in order to be compliant with the UC COVID-19 Vaccination Program. The deadline to be in compliance is Jan. 3, 2022.

UCI faculty staff and retiree discount nights for men’s basketball

Grab seats in the student section for $10 while undergraduate students are on break. Check the ticketing website for game dates and times.

UCI Health and UC Investments team up to advance solutions for healthcare challenges

UCI Health and UC Investments, the Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the Regents of the University of California, jointly announced the launch of a $50 million fund to invest in healthcare innovation and digital health aimed at revolutionizing patient care and public health. The fund — the first such partnership between the university’s healthcare and investment enterprises — seeks to leverage the expertise and experience of UCI Health with the financial strength of the University of California system of 10 campuses and five medical centers.

5 Innovations that changed outdoor recreation

History is filled with countless inflection points in which new technologies completely changed the way people interacted with the world. Disruptive technologies in materials science, textiles and mechanical engineering are responsible for many advancements, including innovations that changed outdoor recreation.

Breathing and audio exercises for stress relief

During these stressful times, it is important to have an array of stress management tools at your fingertips. The Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute offers a few recordings to use for these purposes. All are designed to help the body and the mind relax. As with all stress management practices, the more you practice them, the easier it will be to turn to them in the moments when you need them most.

UCI leads development of wellness drop-in centers for OC youth

Orange County will be home to new youth drop-in centers offering wellness services to youth and young adults between the ages of 12 and 25. Endorsed by the County of Orange to apply for a $2 million grant from the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, UCI will partner with the Wellness & Prevention Center in south Orange County to establish and administer youth drop-in centers following the allcove model.


Friday fun fact

Growing our own: UC Agriculture and Natural Resources management has almost 825 4-H youth development programs serving over 100,000 a year.  

Important year-end tax and payroll reminders

As 2021 comes to a close, here are some important reminders and announcements related to your pay, taxes and benefits — some that may require action. Read closely and mark your calendar for upcoming deadlines.

New study shows UC efforts reduced campus COVID-19 infection rates

The percentage of people 20 to 29 years old in counties with UC campuses that tested positive for COVID-19 during the fall term ranged from 1.6% to 5.6%, while the percentage of students living on campus who tested positive for COVID-19 during this period ranged from 1.2% to 5.2% and was similar for students living off campus.


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

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.


Stanford University to require COVID-19 boosters, delays spring 2022 in-person classes

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 16
Cited: Tom Vasich, senior director of communications & media relations

A future doctor's illustration of a Black fetus went viral. Experts explain the importance of Black bodies in medical diagrams.

Insider, Dec. 16
Cited: Candice Taylor Lucas, MD, associate clinical professor 

Bill Clinton is Staying Sharp With Daily Sudoku and Puzzles After an Infection Left Him 'Delirious' in ICU

People, Dec. 16
Cited: UCI Medical Center


Alltruism - Take a break

Take a break.

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 Thursday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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.