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March 7 - Booster side effects, Student Health there for you

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Sunflower blooms dot the UCI Ecological Preserve landscape.

In living color: Sunflower blooms dot the UCI Ecological Preserve landscape. Photo by Ian Parker


Why does the booster give some people side effects? What about myocarditis?

Philip Felgner, director of the UCI Vaccine Research & Development Center, answers that question in today’s UCI COVID Minute video.

Dr. Albert Chang, medical director of UCI’s Student Health Center.

Dr. Albert Chang, medical director of UCI’s Student Health Center. Photo by Steve Zylius / UCI

UCI Student Health: There for both mind and body

In 2017, Dr. Albert Chang became medical director of the UCI Student Health Center, which addresses students’ physical and mental health needs. “My normal, day-to-day job was to be the overall manager of our Student Health people, dealing with hiring, planning, staffing and putting out the large fires while our great team of managers put out the smaller ones,” Chang tells UCI Magazine contributor Jim Washburn. But since COVID-19 hit in early 2020, Chang says the effort has become one of “everyone doing everything, all the time.”

#DenninInsights episode 25: Flexibility — What is It Really?

This week's #DenninInsights post addresses the different perspectives of the term "flexibility.” Michael Dennin, vice provost of teaching and learning, offers his understanding of what it means to design a flexible course moving forward.


UC Regents Vice Chair Richard Leib takes on chair duties

University of California Regent Richard Leib succeeds Cecilia V. Estolano, whose UC Regent appointment ended on March 1. “Regent Leib cares deeply about the University, our students and our broad mission to serve the state,” said UC President Michael V. Drake. “We are lucky to have him leading the board at this critical time, and I look forward to continuing our work together to advance UC’s mission.” Drake also thanked Estolano for her years of service as a UC Regent, noting her passionate support and commitment to the transformative power of education. “Chair Estolano has been a true champion for UC, and we will miss her contributions,” Drake said. “From her tireless support of our students to her advocacy for UC’s leadership on pressing issues like climate change, her tenure as chair has left a lasting mark on our University.”

Death toll passes 6 million for pandemic now in its 3rd year

The official global death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 6 million today — underscoring that the pandemic, now entering its third year, is far from over. The milestone, recorded by Johns Hopkins University, is the latest tragic reminder of the unrelenting nature of the pandemic even as people are shedding masks, travel is resuming and businesses are reopening around the globe.

Public health experts sketch roadmap from pandemic to ‘next normal’

A report released today charts a path for the transition out of the COVID-19 pandemic, one that outlines how the country can deal with the challenge of endemic COVID disease and prepare for future biosecurity threats. Written by nearly two dozen experts, a number of whom have advised the Biden administration on its COVID-19 policies, the 136-page report plots a course to what its authors call the “next normal” — living with the SARS-CoV-2 virus as a continuing threat that needs to be managed.


Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Methods to Enhance Clinical Research
Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. (sponsored by Program in Public Health, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and Institute for Future Health)

Fulbright U.S. Student Program - Group Presentation Session
Wednesday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by Scholarship Opportunities Program)

Healing the Opioid Crisis and the Chronic Pain Epidemic with Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute)

Intimate Partner Violence Through the Eyes of the “Dependent” Military Spouse
Wednesday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by School of Law)

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

GMAT Strategy Workshop
Wednesday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

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.

Amazon Is Less Able to Recover From Droughts and Logging, Study Finds

The New York Times, March 7
Cited: Paulo Brando, assistant professor of Earth system science

Stressful News Cycle Tips: 13 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health

Self, March 3
Cited: Dana Rose Garfin, assistant adjunct professor of nursing and public health

Russia is strengthening its censorship regime by blocking Facebook

Vox, March 4
Cited: David Kaye, clinical professor of law


UCI men's basketball will play UCSB in Big West Conference tournament on Thursday

#4 #UCI will play #5 UCSB in the #BigWest Conference Tournament Thursday, March 10th @ 2:30 pm in @TheDLCHenderson. From Frank T. Eater at Twitter/@EatersMBB

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13 new campus cases

From Friday through Sunday, UCI recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19: one employee and 12 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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