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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.

Feb. 16 - Pioneering brain discovery, redesigned UC website

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Pedaling for your lunch: You could simultaneously get your daily exercise in and mix a smoothie to drink afterward at one of the Sustainival 2022 displays at Upper Gateway Plaza & Anteater Plaza on Monday.

Pedaling for your lunch: You could simultaneously get your daily exercise in and mix a smoothie to drink afterward at one of the Sustainival 2022 displays at Upper Gateway Plaza & Anteater Plaza on Monday. Food, raffles, a sustainability fashion show and booths from more than 25 campus and community organizations were the draws at the UCI Sustainability Resource Center’s sixth annual event. Photo by Steve Zylius / UCI


UCI team uncovers key brain mechanisms for organizing memories in time

In a scientific first, UCI researchers have discovered fundamental mechanisms by which the hippocampus region of the brain organizes memories into sequences and how this can be used to plan future behavior. The finding may be a critical early step toward understanding memory failures in Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Feeling invisible while working from home?

Working remotely can provide many benefits when it comes to productivity, efficiency and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. But communication with co-workers, engagement with leadership and opportunities for promotion may suffer. Cynthia Rude, executive director at the Paul Merage School of Business, shares tips for raising and maintaining visibility while working remotely.

UCI renewed as Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center of Excellence

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America, which originally certified UCI as a Center of Excellence in 2019, recently renewed the prestigious designation. “Renewal as an HDSA Center of Excellence program recognizes our dedication to patient care and active engagement in research to develop new therapeutic approaches,” says Leslie Thompson, Donald Bren professor and Chancellor’s professor in psychiatry & human behavior, biological chemistry and neurobiology & behavior.


New UC website shows impact of 10-campus system

The University of California today unveiled its redesigned website to streamline the digital experience and make it easier for users to find information about the 10-campus system. The UC’s flagship online presence, which was last redesigned eight years ago, draws more than 4 million visits a year.

When moms get vaccinated during pregnancy, babies get protection too: study

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 during pregnancy may also help protect babies after they're born, according to new research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Babies whose mothers received two shots of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines during pregnancy had a 61% lower risk of being hospitalized with COVID in their first six months of life, the study found.

Disneyland, Coachella and Stagecoach drop mask requirements

Starting Thursday, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will no longer require vaccinated guests to wear masks indoors, although unvaccinated visitors will still be required to wear face coverings while inside. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio are not only dropping mask requirements, entrants will no longer have to provide negative test results or proof of vaccination.


Stress Management and Self Care
Friday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by FRESH Basic Needs Hub)

Coaching: Help Team Members Solve Their Own Problems
Friday, 10:30 a.m. (sponsored by Graduate Division)

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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.

San Clemente hopes to add 250,000 cubic yards of sand to beaches

Spectrum News 1 (video), Feb. 15
Guest: Brett Sanders, professor of civil and environmental engineering

Feeling low during the pandemic? Expert says you're not alone and shares what can help

WJLA (video), Feb. 16
Guest: Alison Holman, professor of nursing

The bomb threats against Howard University affect far more than a single university

The Washington Post, Feb. 16
Author: Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, associate professor of African American studies


Seven new cases reported

On Tuesday, UCI recorded seven new cases of COVID-19: three students and four employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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