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April 11 - Advertising and the pandemic; bariatric surgery

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Duck soup: UCI Graduate Division posted this photo Friday of a trio of mallards taking a dip in the Infinity Fountain near Frederick Reines Hall. Photo by Sophia Gad-Nasr


Study explores how online ads affect behavior during pandemic

What if, during the height of the COVID-19 scare, you were searching online for a local bar and an ad pops up that says, “Help prevent the spread of the virus by staying home!” Might that ad affect your plans? That’s something Sean Young, associate professor of emergency medicine and informatics, information and computer sciences, and his collaborators address in a study that will appear in the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation.

Transforming lives through bariatric surgery

The COVID-19 pandemic refocused Americans on obesity as a major health concern. Serious conditions linked to obesity include diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, joint damage, severe sleep apnea and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Cautioning that bariatric surgery should be a last resort for people who cannot lose weight with dieting and lifestyle changes alone, UCI Health gastrointestinal surgeon Dr. Brian R. Smith explains the procedure

Ticket discounts for ‘Tootsie’ and Broadway Series musicals

Staff Assembly’s Staff Appreciation Committee offers discounted tickets to touring musicals presented at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Up next is “Tootsie,” whose six-night run opens on June 1, but the deadline for discounted tickets is May 6. Use promo code 47308 when purchasing tickets. The remainder of the Broadway Series season includes “Come From Away,” “Pretty Woman the Musical,” “Hadestown” and “Mean Girls.”


Incomplete data likely hides rise in U.S. COVID-19 cases

At first glance, U.S. cases appear to have plateaued over the past two weeks, with a consistent average of around 30,000 per day, according to NBC News. But disease experts say incomplete data likely masks an upward trend. 

Next leap in coronavirus vaccine development could be nasal spray

As the omicron variant moved lightning-fast around the world, it revealed an unsettling truth: The virus had gained a stunning ability to infect people, jumping from one person's nose to the next. Cases soared this winter, even among vaccinated people. That is leading scientists to rethink their strategy about the best way to fight future variants, by blocking infections altogether with a nasal spray.


Cup of SOAR
Wednesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Student Outreach and Retention)

Robert Alter, The Psalms as Literature
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

Queer Grad Panel
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by Latinx Resource Center)

Warm Season Veggie Gardening
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by EarthReps - UCI Housing Sustainability)

ACT/SAT Strategy Workshop
Wednesday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

LSAT Strategy Workshop
Wednesday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

Take Back the Night
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. (sponsored by UCI CARE)

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.

We Are Wasting Time on These Climate Debates. The Next Steps are Clear.

The New York Times, April 10
Author: Steven Davis, professor of Earth system science

Will BA.2 Cause Another COVID Wave in the U.S.?

Health, April 8
Cited: Bernadette M. Boden-Albala, director and founding dean, Program in Public Health

How researchers in a simulated moon habitat survived extreme isolation

Popular Science, April 9
Cited: Valerie Olson, professor of anthropology


San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

Ahhhh... Another beautiful sunset over the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, which is operated by the Irvine Ranch Water District near North Campus. Photo by Shuichih Lin. From Twitter/@UCIBioSci

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14 new campus cases

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