April 1 - Where we are with COVID; Gut-healthy meals
Let it ride: Two students, two backpacks and four wheels. Photo by Steve Zylius / UCI
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Where is UCI now in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, and what can we expect?
David Souleles, director of the UCI COVID-19 Response Team, answers that question in today’s UCI COVID Minute video.
Your last ‘quack’ to get discount Ducks tickets looms
The final games are coming up for discounted tickets to see the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center through UCI Health and Staff Assembly’s Staff Appreciation Committee:
Sunday, April 3, 5 p.m. vs. the Edmonton Oilers
Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m. vs. the Calgary Flames (with bucket hat presented by Chick-fil-A SoCal)
Sunday, April 17, 5:30 p.m. vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets
Tuesday, April 19, 7 p.m. vs. the Los Angeles Kings
Sunday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. vs. the St. Louis Blues
Discounted tickets link. Questions? Contact Lisa Florentes-Mullens at email@example.com.
Staff Appreciation Nights also coming up for Angels games and a Galaxy match
For Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim games at the Big A, discounted seats are available through Staff Assembly starting at $15 each (plus fees):
Friday, April 8, 6:38 p.m., vs. the Houston Astros (with a bobblehead giveaway)
Saturday, May 21, 6:07 p.m., vs. the Oakland Athletics (with post-game fireworks and a concert by country star Josh Turner)
Ticket prices range from $30 to $50 to see the LA Galaxy battle the Nashville Soccer Club Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., on the pitch at Dignity Health Sports Park Main Stadium in Carson.
If you have questions about the Angels or Galaxy Staff Appreciation Nights, contactLisa Florentes-Mullens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your gut will thank you for these tasty dishes
Want to enhance your digestive health? Chef Jessica Van Roo, assistant director of Culinary Recreation & Experiential Programs, created easy-to-make meals that pay dividends in gut and heart health.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Friday fun fact
Homegrown scholars: Almost 20% of UC Ph.D.s got their undergraduate degrees at a UC campus.
County health officials expect to provide second COVID boosters
Second booster doses are expected to be available throughout Orange County, including the OC Health Care Agency's mobile COVID-19 clinics. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent guidance expands eligibility for second boosters of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines to be administered at least four months after the first booster dose for the following individuals:
People ages 50 and older
People ages 12-49 who are moderately or severely immunocompromised
People ages 18-49 who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine for their primary series and booster dose
Anyone eligible for any approved dose of a COVID-19 vaccine may go to covidvaccinefacts.com for information on where to get shots.
Most Californians support COVID restrictions: poll
That support extends to requirements to show proof of vaccination at large outdoor gatherings or to enter places such as indoor restaurants and bars, the new survey suggests.
Disneyland bringing back hugs from Mickey
Disneyland announced Thursday that theme parks will end social-distanced interactions as early as April 18. Why? Because they like you!
April is Earthquake Preparedness Month in California
Python Workshop (a two-week asynchronous course)
Monday, April 4, 12 a.m. through Sunday, April 17, 12 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Libraries)
Yael Bartana and Juli Carson in Conversation
Monday, noon (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)
Every Breath We Take: Is the Next Generation's Health at Risk?
Tuesday, noon (sponsored by Program in Public Health)
Campus Race to Zero Waste
Tuesday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by Sustainability Resource Center)
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
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.
Workers rally for better conditions
KTLA5 (video), March 31
Cited: Christopher Schwarz, associate professor of finance
Does the End of Cash Mean the End of Privacy?
The New York Times, March 30
Cited: Mehrsa Baradaran, professor of law
Droughts are cutting into California’s hydropower. Here’s what that means for clean energy.
MIT Technology Review, April 1
Cited: Brian Tarroja, senior scientist, Advanced Power and Energy Program
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COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
10 new campus cases
On Thursday, UCI recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19, and they were all students. 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.