March 30 - UCI COVID metrics; 50 years of Title IX
Setting the purple and gold standard: A view of the Information & Computer Science building. Photo by Ian Parker
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
What metrics are UCI using to decide on changes to COVID-19 prevention measures on campus?
David Souleles, director of the UCI COVID-19 Response Team, answers that question in today’s UCI COVID Minute video. Please note that numbers he mentions were valid as of March 21.
UCI Podcast: Celebrating Paula Smith’s unique path on the 50th anniversary of Title IX
The director of intercollegiate athletics discusses her journey, being labeled a “pioneer,” what has changed and what still needs to change for women in sports.
Surgery cures an artist’s seizures
Diagnosed with a treatment-resistant seizure disorder, artist Alan Powell was referred to the UCI Health Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Orange County’s only academic epilepsy program and one of the leading epilepsy centers in Southern California. Powell soon realized that his medical team was determined not only to stop his convulsions, but also to restore his creativity and quality of life — outcomes he’d thought were unattainable.
UCI researchers first to sample permafrost CO2 emissions during fall and winter
In new research published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, a UCI-led team reported for the first time direct measurements of the gasses emitted from permafrost during fall and winter months. These measurements can help fill in gaps in permafrost emissions estimates that climate scientists have until now missed.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
US approves second booster shot for people 50 and older
That age group is now eligible for another shot of either the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines four months after their last dose, the Food and Drug Administration announced. Health officials cited Israeli studies showing that second boosters increased antibody levels and protection against death during the country’s omicron wave.
New federal website aims to help people get antiviral pills
The search for vaccines, tests and treatments could get easier with today’s launch of COVID.gov, a website meant to be a one-stop shop for everything from free high quality masks to antiviral pills. Highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death among people who are at high risk of severe disease from COVID infection, the pills have to be taken within the first five days of the onset of symptoms.
Contact tracing may have averted 1.4 million US COVID cases in 2 months
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention modeling study used data from 59 U.S. case investigation and contact tracing programs to estimate that the programs prevented 1.11 million to 1.36 million cases and 27,000 to 34,000 hospitalizations over 60 days in winter 2020-21, well before the delta and omicron variant surges.
Friday, noon (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)
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UCI IN THE NEWS
Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.
How War in Ukraine Roiled Facebook and Instagram
The New York Times, March 30
Cited: David Kaye, clinical professor of law
Rainfall Totals: 1+ Inch of Rain in Parts of San Diego County Not Enough to Pull From Drought, Expert Says
NBC San Diego (video), March 29
Cited: Amir AghaKouchak, professor of civil and environmental engineering
Sleep is good for the brain. But what about napping? Research raises puzzling questions.
The Boston Globe, March 30
Cited: Sara Mednick, professor of cognitive science
Our final highlight for Women’s History Month is Chien-Shiung Wu, a Chinese American physicist who made significant contributions to the field of particle physics, which resulted in important applications in physics, as well as biology and medicine. #WomensHistoryMonth (from Twitter/UCI Graduate Division)
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COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
12 new campus cases
On Tuesday, UCI recorded 12 new cases of COVID-19: Two employees and 10 students. 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 Coronavirus Response Center - available at email@example.com or via phone at (949) 824-9918
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For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.