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March 3 - Mollusk teeth; Russia sanctions and UCI research

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Anteater Time Machine: Costumes abound at a 1985 dedication ceremony for the pedestrian bridge connecting UCI and University Town Center.

Anteater Time Machine: Costumes abound at a 1985 dedication ceremony for the pedestrian bridge connecting UCI and University Town Center. Twenty years later, it was named the Raymond L. Watson Bridge in honor of the former Irvine Co. president. That’s Watson at the lectern above, and then-Chancellor Jack Peltason seated at far right. Scroll down to see photos of the bridge in use.


Mollusk teeth offer clues to better engineering materials

A UCI analysis of the gumboot chiton’s ultrahard choppers could lead to a “new generation of advanced materials in a broad range of applications, from wear-resistant materials to energy storage systems,” says David Kisailus, a materials science and engineering professor. He and graduate student Taifeng Wang published their findings in the April issue of Small Structures.

Russia sanctions and UCI researchers

In the wake of new U.S. sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, UCI researchers who have or are planning “collaborations in Russia or Ukraine should contact the Export Controls Office as soon as possible,” according to an advisory from Pramod Khargonekar, vice chancellor for research.

UCI Health opens 3 new primary care offices

The locations, which offer same-day appointments and access to faculty specialists, are at 4000 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 110, Newport Beach; 23961 Calle de la Magdalena, Suite 200, Laguna Hills; and 1640 Newport Blvd., Suite 300, Costa Mesa.


COVID cases, deaths continue to fall globally, WHO says

The number of new coronavirus cases reported globally fell by 16% last week, marking a monthlong decline in infections, according to the World Health Organization.


Crisis in Ukraine: An Update
Friday, noon (sponsored by UCI Global Engagement Office)

Irvine Brain Bee
Saturday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory)

UC Shakespeare Trial: Romeo, Juliet and the Case of Friar Laurence
Saturday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by UCI New Swan Shakespeare Center)

Closing reception for Ian Ingram exhibition
Saturday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Beall Center for Art + Technology)

“The Seagull”
Saturday, 8 p.m., and continues through March 13 (sponsored by Department of Drama)

Staff Appreciation Night with the L.A. Clippers
Sunday, 7 p.m. (sponsored by Staff Assembly)

Shakespeare and Wisdom: Psalms, Sonnets and Soliloquies
Monday, 9:30 a.m. (co-sponsored by New Swan Shakespeare Theater)

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.

Now Is as Good a Time as There’ll Ever Be to Leave Your Pandemic Bubble

The Atlantic, March 3
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health

Less than 1% of all FDIC-insured banks are Black-owned, according to the FDIC

CNBC, March 3 (Video)
Cited: Mehrsa Baradaran, professor of law

How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Could Cause a COVID-19 Spike in Europe

Healthline, March 1
Cited: Oladele A. Ogunseitan, professor of population health and disease prevention


Above and below, late 1980s archive photos of the UCI-UTC pedestrian bridge. Image 1.

Above and below, late 1980s archive photos of the UCI-UTC pedestrian bridge.

Above and below, late 1980s archive photos of the UCI-UTC pedestrian bridge. Image 2.

Share your memories and shoutouts to mark pandemic’s second anniversary

March 11 will mark two years since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. As the anniversary approaches, we’d like to hear your most memorable stories, lessons and anecdotes. This is also your chance to give a shoutout to a colleague or an organization that helped you or just show them some extra love. Please send text and/or photos you’d like us to consider publishing to ucidigest@uci.edu or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.

#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.


13 new campus cases

On Wednesday, UCI recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19, all students. 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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