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Dec. 21 - UCI classes will be fully remote Jan. 3-14; what’s up with El Niño

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Taillight trails along Michael Drake Drive. Photo by Ian Parker

Taillight trails along Michael Drake Drive. Photo by Ian Parker


Winter quarter classes will be fully remote from Jan. 3–14

Amid uncertainty about the omicron variant, UCI instruction will be remote-only from Jan. 3–14. The precaution will enable university officials to extensively test returning students and other community members, then assess the situation before finalizing a decision on when it is safe to resume in-person instruction. Although classes will be remote during the first two weeks of the winter quarter, the campus will otherwise remain fully operational.

To support the return to in-person instruction, UCI urges everyone to take the following precautions during winter break: Wear a mask indoors, practice physical distancing, limit your exposure to larger gatherings, avoid contact with unvaccinated people, and ensure you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster if eligible.

More details can be found in a chancellor message sent to the campus today.


Holiday flashback: Santa vs. superheroes

lighthearted look at how Kris Kringle’s powers stack up against those of Superman, the Hulk and other comic book characters, courtesy of UCI physicist (and Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning) Michael Dennin in 2015.

What’s happening with El Niño?

A UCI atmospheric scientist is researching whether the sporadic weather phenomenon is lasting longer but delivering less rain and snow.


U.S. will offer 500 million free rapid COVID-19 tests

Sometime in January, Americans will be able to request that rapid tests be shipped to their home, free of charge, via a new government website.


In Fight Against Violence, Asian and Black Activists Struggle to Agree

The New York Times, Dec. 19
Cited: Claire Jean Kim, professor of political science and Asian American studies

Research: How Long Should a Founder Remain CEO?

Harvard Business Review, Dec. 17
Cited: Travis Howell, assistant professor of strategy

I'm 22 years old and landed my dream job at Spotify. Here's my advice for anyone hoping to turn an internship into a full-time role.

Insider, Dec. 20, 2021
Cited: Alumna Emily Vu


Alltruism- Hey you, yes you

Hey you! Yes you! Have you been sleeping enough? Did you eat something? Did you drink water today? Have you had time to relax? Are you taking care of yourself? You should also be one of your priorities!

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.


14 new campus cases

Three employees and 11 students tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. 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.