April 6 - Undergraduate experience survey opens, vaccinating adolescents
Flowers bloom across from the Physical Sciences Lecture Hall. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
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.
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. 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.”
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
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.
UCI IN THE NEWS
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The New York Times, April 5
Cited: David Kaye, law professor
The Orange County Register, April 5
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor, population health & disease prevention
Tech & Learning, April 4
Cited: Gillian Hayes, graduate division dean
@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
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COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
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.
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
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