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April 6 - Undergraduate experience survey opens, vaccinating adolescents

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Flowers bloom across from the Physical Sciences Lecture Hall.

Flowers bloom across from the Physical Sciences Lecture Hall. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Study identifies top concerns of parents in vaccinating adolescent children

According to a recent study led by UCI, concerns over potential side effects and skepticism over vaccine safety and efficacy were some of the chief issues cited by parents hesitant to vaccinate their adolescent children against the virus. In contrast, parents in favor of vaccinating their children listed confidence in health authorities’ recommendations, the social benefit and a sense of collective responsibility.

Blood drive

Today and Thursday, the campus blood donor center in the Student Center will celebrate National Burrito Day by giving everyone who donates a $10 Chipotle gift card. In addition, a drawing will be held to give away two extra $50 Chipotle gift cards. The blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Appointments are preferred and limited.

UC Undergraduate Experience Survey opens today

“Undergraduates, tell us about life at UC Irvine and win prizes! Take the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey. Every student has a voice. Look for your official email or visit www.assessment.uci.edu/ucues. UC Undergraduate Experience Survey Center for Assessment and Applied Research.” The survey runs through June 24.

Virtual reality eases pain

Since 2019, Dr. Navid Alem, a UCI Health anesthesiologist and pain management specialist, and his colleagues at the UCI Health Center for Pain and Wellness have been using 3D computer-generated programs to help patients manage pain. Many being treated in UCI Medical Center's burn intensive care unit or receiving chemotherapy infusions also don virtual reality goggles for pain relief.

A prototype of the Blue Box breast cancer detection device.

A prototype of the Blue Box breast cancer detection device. Photo by Evans Akanno

Alum seeks to democratize early breast cancer detection

Judit Giró Benet aims to have the first direct-to-consumer, at-home breast cancer detection test for sale in the U.S. by 2024, just four years after the UCI alum launched her startup, the Blue Box. She says the new device is needed because women often skip painful mammograms. “The Blue Box is not only a device, but also a concept,” adds the company founder and CEO. “It’s a change of mind, changing how people think about cancer.”


How UC research is helping California meet climate crisis

Hundreds of University of California scientists and researchers are working to help people across the state fight fires, protect precious water supplies and accelerate the transition to a clean energy future. The proposed state budget includes a $185 million investment in UC’s climate resilience work. If approved, the funds would provide seed grants for promising research, expand regional innovation incubators focused on climate solutions and support new workforce training and development hubs for climate-focused jobs.


The Problem of Class Abstraction: Culture and Class Formation in Social Theory
Friday, noon (sponsored by School of Social Sciences)

Staff Appreciation Night: LA Angels vs. Houston Astros
Friday, 6:38 p.m. (sponsored by Staff Assembly)

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.

Elon Musk Joins Twitter’s Board, Pitching Ideas Big and Small

The New York Times, April 5
Cited: David Kaye, law professor

Why California, some counties are scaling back COVID-19 data updates

The Orange County Register, April 5
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor, population health & disease prevention

Esports, Equity, and Innovation Explored at the Tech & Learning Leadership Summit in California

Tech & Learning, April 4
Cited: Gillian Hayes, graduate division dean


ANTrepreneur Center tweeted: We at the ANTrepreneur Center support @UCIrvine student entrepreneurs.

@ANTrepreneur Center tweeted: We at the ANTrepreneur Center support @UCIrvine student entrepreneurs. Here's what a former student had to say. UCI ANTrepreneur Center. “Any time we needed help or had questions regarding our project, we came to the ANTrepreneur Center.” Calvin Suryadinata, ANTrepreneur Alumni

#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 Tuesday, UCI recorded 13 new cases of COVID-19: 11 students and two employees. 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 Health COVID-19 FAQs

UCI Coronavirus Response Center - available at covid19@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-9918

Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services - assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads; available at contacttracing@uci.edu 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.