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Feb. 14 - Anteater love stories, COVID case decline continues

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Anteater love stories

For Valentine’s Day, the UCI community was asked to share how they met their sweethearts on campus. Thank you to all who shared Anteater Love Stories! #UCILove


UCI’s COVID-19 cases continue downward trend

Last week, UCI recorded 101 confirmed and probable cases. There were 204 the week prior and 327 the week before that. The campus test positivity rate is under 1%, at 0.97%. During the peak of the pandemic, it was over 17%.

Mega events guidance to be updated

Effective Wednesday (Feb. 15), the mega events guidance from the California Department of Public Health is reverting back numbers from before the omicron surge. Indoor events will allow for up to 1,000 people, and outdoor events are recommended for up to 10,000 people. Proof of vaccination or a negative test will still be required to attend an event. Masking requirements remain in effect until further notice.

UCI study links air pollution to premature menopause

A type of air pollution known as fine particulate matter can cause loss of ovarian function, according to research by Ulrike Luderer, professor of environmental and occupational health and corresponding author of a study published in the journal Particle and Fiber Toxicology. Premature ovarian failure, often called premature menopause, is associated with an increased risk of negative health outcomes, including osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Campus astrophysicists discover how galaxies can exist without dark matter

Conventional celestial wisdom contends that dark matter must exist in galaxies because, without its gravitational effects, things like the motion of a galaxy’s stars cannot be explained. However, astrophysicists from UCI and Pomona College report in a new Nature Astronomy study that bigger galaxies can strip smaller galaxies of their dark matter when the star systems collide.


Why COVID-19 vaccines are a ‘freaking miracle’

Two years into the pandemic, it’s easy to lament all that has come to pass. The devastating losses. The upending of what we regarded as normal ways of life. The sheer relentlessness of it all. But let’s stop for a moment and consider something else that may have escaped you: You have witnessed — and you are a beneficiary of — a freaking miracle: the development, testing, manufacturing and global distribution of COVID vaccines.


Author Discussion with Deborah Lipstadt, Wednesday, noon (sponsored by UCI Libraries)

Toward Climate and Environmental Justice in Indigenous Communities: The Role of STEM Research, Community Engagement, and Education
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by School of Social Sciences)

Let’s Talk AfroLatinidad: Writing as an Act of Liberation
Wednesday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Latinx Resource Center)

Painting Night
Wednesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by ASUCI)

“The Truth about Dietary Supplements” Author Mahtab Jafari and Chef Jessica Van Roo
Wednesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative)

Beall Center Art + Ecology Series: Carolina Caycedo
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

Anteater Wellness Wednesday: New Year, New Healthy You!
Wednesday, 7 p.m. (sponsored by School of Medicine Alumni Chapter)

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.

How likely is an L.A. COVID spike after the Super Bowl?

KTLA5, Feb. 11
Cited: Andrew Noymer, epidemiologist and associate professor of public health

What’s behind Republican anger at the NFL? Shifting views on race

Los Angeles Times, Feb. 11
Cited: Michael Tesler, professor of political science

Does My Child Have COVID-19 or the Stomach Flu?

Parents, Feb. 11
Cited: José Mayorga, executive director, UCI Health Family Health Centers and assistant clinical professor of family medicine, School of Medicine


UCI tweet

Heart on the brain: Out of love for her family, Ninaz Valisharifabad studies how the heart and brain function together.

#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.


22 new cases reported

From Friday through Sunday, UCI recorded 22 new cases of COVID-19: 15 students and seven employees. 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.