UCI Forward

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.

Jan. 26 - When to isolate or quarantine, life-changing bariatric program

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A dog takes a couple for a walk near McGaugh Hall one recent morning. Photo by Ian Parker

Ruffing it: A dog takes a couple for a walk near McGaugh Hall one recent morning. Photo by Ian Parker


Dr. Albert Chang, medical director, Student Health Center, answers these questions: When should someone isolate or quarantine? And when should they be released?

UCI and CSUF partner to research cancer disparities in Orange County

Research shows that OC’s Asian/Pacific Islander communities are disproportionately burdened by liver and lung cancer, Hispanic/Latino communities by stomach and cervical cancer and non-Hispanic whites by breast and ovarian cancer. Through a $1.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, the UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Cal State Fullerton are teaming up to respond to these inequities with a goal to transform the future of cancer care.

UCI research shows Americans responded to early COVID-19 public health messages

Despite public health messages at the beginning of the pandemic that were often conflicting, ambiguous or sometimes even inaccurate. Americans largely adopted protective measures such as hand hygiene and social distancing, according to a cross-disciplinary team of UCI researchers. Their findings are published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Bariatric patient sheds pounds, gains health and a hobby

Michael Feldman, who weighed 340 pounds in early 2020, was impressed by the UCI Health bariatric program right from the start. Now, more than 145 lost pounds later, he sings his multidisciplinary care team’s praises.


Orange County surpasses 500,000 COVID-19 cases

Another 2,592 cases reported today pushed the county to 501,510 since the OC Health Care Agency began tracking on Jan. 22, 2020. While daily new cases have been high again because of the omicron variant, the proportion of adults getting sick enough to require hospitalization is lower than this time last year, something Deputy Health Officer Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong credits to vaccinations.

Omicron less deadly in Europe than US

Data shows that daily average deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19 during the omicron wave exceed the peak reached during the surge driven by the previously dominant delta variant. However, this is not the case in Western Europe, where vaccination rates are generally higher than in America.

One population gets overlooked by an 'everyone will get COVID' mentality

Even after the omicron surge ends, COVID-19 will still be with us, and learning to live with it will be a challenge for everyone. That challenge will be especially difficult for the roughly 7 million immunocompromised Americans who remain especially vulnerable and will have to keep their guard up much higher than the rest of us.


Virtual Winter Anteater Involvement Fair (final day)
Friday, all day through 11:55 p.m. (sponsored by Office of Campus Organizations & Volunteer Programs)

Coffee Hour: K-drama vs. American TV Shows
Friday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by International Center)

A Guide to Your First Research Project
Friday, noon (sponsored by Student Outreach and Retention)

Game Night - Winter Quarter Week 4
Friday, 7 p.m. (sponsored by Latinx Resource Center)

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.

Covid-19 Deaths in the U.S. Top 2,100 a Day, Highest in Nearly a Year

The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 25
Cited: Andrew Noymer, epidemiologist and associate professor of public health

‘Anxiety tech’ companies say their glowing orbs and audio-playing rocks will improve your mental health

The Washington Post, Jan. 26
Cited: Stephen Schueller, associate professor of psychology

The Professional Managerial Class creates societal problems

The Hill (video), Jan. 25
Guest: Catherine Liu, professor of film & media studies


52 new campus cases

Six employees and 46 students tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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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.

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