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Jan. 27 - Homecoming update; the vicissitudes of outdoor art

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Anteater Time Machine: Laguna Beach’s famous greeter, Eiler Larsen

Anteater Time Machine: Laguna Beach’s famous greeterEiler Larsen, was among the luminaries attending UCI’s site dedication ceremony in June 1964. Larsen, who was born in 1890 in Denmark, walked most of the way to the event from Laguna before getting a lift from Chancellor Dan Aldrich.


Homecoming 2022 will be virtual – and free

The in-person events scheduled for Feb. 11-12 have been canceled and replaced with two days of free virtual programming, including online class reunions, a virtual pep rally, faculty presentations, hourly giveaways, a then-and-now video showcase and a UCI basketball game watch party via Zoom. For more information and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uci-homecoming-2022-registration-225605952477.

How time, Mother Nature and unexpected factors alter outdoor art

In Utah, an underwater sculpture surfaced after 30 years. In Texas, a row of half-buried Cadillacs was transformed by graffiti. UCI art historian James Nisbet explains how time, weather and human interference can dramatically change the appearance and even the meaning of outdoor art installations.

Nursing grad student looks inside to find wellness

Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, aspiring aesthetic nurse Marcela Dos Santos hopes to break down stigmas about mental health, especially among Latinos, after receiving her doctor of nursing practice degree from UCI.


Where to find free N95 masks

CVS, Target, Walgreens and other Southern California pharmacies expect to start getting shipments of the free masks today or Friday.

Legislative Analyst weighs in on governor’s higher-ed plans

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office issued a report Wednesday on the governor’s proposed higher-education budgets. CalMatters offered a summary of the report’s conclusions (scroll down to “Other stories,” item 3).


Inclusive Excellence Term Chair Forum
Monday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Office of Inclusive Excellence)

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Did a mega drought topple empires 4,200 years ago?

Nature, Jan. 26
Cited: Kathleen Johnson, associate professor of Earth system science

How a scientist laid the groundwork for the mRNA COVID vaccines in San Diego

ABC10, Jan. 26 (Video)
Cited: Philip Felgner, professor in residence of physiology & biophysics, director of UCI’s Vaccine Research and Development Center

Is COVID-19 Endemic Yet?

Verywell Health, Jan. 24
Cited: Bernadette M. Boden-Albala, director and founding dean, Program in Public Health


56 new campus cases

Seven employees and 49 students tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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