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Jan. 19 - UCI COVID Minute, transformative new research instrument

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South Dakota Coyote spotted across East Peltason Drive. Photo by Ian Parker.

Are the South Dakota Coyotes on the UCI athletic schedule? A visitor peers across East Peltason Drive. Photo by Ian Parker


Why did UCI move to extend remote instruction for two additional weeks?

David Souleles, director, COVID-19 Response Team, answers that question in today’s UCI COVID Minute video.

UCI isolation and quarantine page updated

Based on the latest state health order, the campus isolation and quarantine guidance has been updated with new and additional direction. Presented in English and Spanish, the guidance includes isolation and quarantine definitions and instructions.

UCI study could explain why Parkinson’s drug improves and then diminishes quality of life

A team of UCI researchers has discovered a possible reason why L-dopa, the front-line drug for treating Parkinson’s disease, loses efficacy and causes dyskinesia – involuntary, erratic muscle movements of the patient’s face, arms, legs and torso – as treatment progresses. The team’s findings were recently published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience.

Novel instrument could transform research at UCI

The Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center is home to a new Helios mass cytometer, the only one of its kind in Orange County and just the third on a UC campus. The powerful instrument can analyze a high number of proteins in an individual cell, potentially transforming research by providing insights not previously possible.


California offers college students $10,000 for public service

UCI is among 45 colleges and universities in the state that will be part of a new public service program that will subsidize tuition for students who do community service alongside their studies. For 450 hours of service, each student will get $10,000 toward their education and can get academic credit for their work as part of the Californians For All College Corps program that starts next fall.

California surpasses 7 million COVID-19 cases

Recorded in state databases late Monday, the unprecedented count came just one week after California tallied its 6 millionth case. That represents the fastest accumulation of reported infections in the history of the pandemic.

3 new pandemic initiatives launch as administration hits one-year mark

Americans can now order free at-home tests on a new federal website. The White House will soon start distributing highly protective masks for free. And private insurers are covering at-home tests. The just-launched initiatives come as the presidency hits the one-year mark — and the White House pandemic response is under the microscope.


Demystifying Book Publishing for First-Gen Scholars
Friday, noon (sponsored by School of Humanities)

To Understand the Problem, You Must Understand the People: A Human-Centered Approach Towards Creating an Inclusion and Equitable Society
Friday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Information and Computer Sciences)

Video Recording Basics 101
Friday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Libraries)

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.


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Omicron Variant Encourages Some to Move Past Covid-19 Precautions, Despite Risks

The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 17
Cited: Karen Edwards, epidemiologist and professor, program in public health

New Youth Wellness Centers

Fox 11 Los Angeles (video), Jan. 14
Guest: Stephen Schueller, associate professor of psychological science and director, allcove project

Why Experts Say Nausea and Vomiting May Be Unpredictable Signs of Omicron COVID-19 Infections

Good Housekeeping, Jan. 15
Cited: Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention


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58 new campus cases

Twenty-three employees and 35 students were reported on Tuesday having tested positive for COVID-19. 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.