March 18 - Chancellor’s March message; COVID symptom check update
Match play: Mark Joseph Slader gets mobbed with congratulatory hugs this morning as he’s matched to UCI’s residency program in emergency medicine. Medical school students found out where they will spend their residencies, as Bren Events Center hosted Match Day 2022. The School of Medicine reports 46 percent of its graduates will remain in the UC health system, and half of those future physicians will continue as Anteaters. Photo by Steve Zylius
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Updates to COVID daily symptom check for employees
Before accessing any UCI property, all employees must continue to check themselves for COVID-19 symptoms daily. However, effective Saturday and in alignment with UCI’s updated guidelines, the “no” response will be eliminated from the Working Well daily symptom check. Starting Monday, only employees who self-report symptoms need to click the “yes” link available in the daily symptom check email or mobile app. Those employees should then follow the instructions provided in the response email they will receive and not access UCI property or report for on-site work until they have been cleared to do so by the UCI Center for Occupational and Environmental Health or Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services. If you have questions or concerns, contact the UCI COVID Response Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-824-9918, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
March message from Chancellor Howard Gillman
“It’s hard to believe that winter quarter is now over, but today is the last day of final exams,” writes Chancellor Howard Gillman. “Students are taking their well-earned spring break from the rigors of their coursework. Staff and faculty are looking forward to the slower tempo of the break as well, a brief respite before the final push of the academic year.” He goes on to spotlight a few highlights from “a very busy quarter for all at UCI.”
UCI-led study: Blind people remember verbal details better than sighted people
The findings, published in the Journal of Experimental Brain Research, indicate superior recall does not extend to nonverbal noise bursts like pings or beeps. This research has implications for designing more inclusive products that can better assist those with visual impairments.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Bad sleep doesn't just affect your health, it's ruining your social life
The annual tradition of turning clocks forward is so unpopular that the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent in 2023. UC Berkeley sleep researcher Eti Ben Simon tells us playing with our sleep twice a year has consequences, on our bodies and society as a whole.
Friday fun fact
First-gen funding: Nearly four of 10 UC undergraduates are first-generation students, and 83 percent have tuition and fees fully covered.
Ivermectin has no clinical benefit against COVID-19 in largest study to date
A group of researchers evaluating the effect of repurposed drugs against COVID-19 found that oral antiparasitic medication ivermectin did not improve patient outcomes in the largest trial of its kind to date. Online misinformation campaigns early in the pandemic led to a run on veterinary preparations of ivermectin, prompting the Food and Drug Administration to tweet, "You are not a horse.” Nevertheless, some state legislatures are currently considering laws to replace COVID-19 vaccinations with ivermectin.
Race & Reconciliation: Accountability begins with understanding
Saturday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Black, Indigenous & People of Color - Orange County)
Coastal Resilience Virtual Conference
Tuesday-Wednesday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by Newkirk Center for Science & Society)
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.
UCI IN THE NEWS
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Nuclear Anxiety is Nothing New. Here’s How to Handle It
Discover, March 17
Cited: Roxane Cohen Silver, Distinguished Professor of psychological science, medicine and public health
Why It Took 233 Years to Get the First Black Female Supreme Court Nominee
Bloomberg, March 18
Cited: Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of law
CalOptima plans $100 million ‘modernization’ to speed approval of treatments, claims
The Orange County Register, March 18
Cited: Margarethe Wiersema, Dean’s Professor of strategic management
Having chronic problems with #sleep? #UCIHealth psychiatrist Dr. KyoungBin Im recommends adopting good #sleephygiene strategies to set you up for a restful night: ucihealth.org/blog/... #NationalSleepAwarenessWeek Twitter/@UCIrvineHealth
COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
Five new campus cases
On Thursday, UCI recorded five new cases of COVID-19: two students and three employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
Upload your vaccine and booster records
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 Coronavirus Response Center - available at email@example.com or via phone at (949) 824-9918
Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services - assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads; available at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.