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April 19 - COVID Minute, environmental humanities

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Looking through blooms at Engineering Tower. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Looking through blooms at Engineering Tower. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


UCI COVID Minute: Are we safe forever from COVID-19?

In the latest UCI COVID Minute, Dr. Susan Huang, professor of infectious diseases and medical director of epidemiology & infection prevention for UCI Health, answers this question: Are we safe forever from COVID-19?

UCI renewed as O.C.’s only federally designated comprehensive cancer center

The National Cancer Institute has again recognized the UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center as one of the nation’s top cancer centers, renewing UCI Health’s “comprehensive” designation. UCI Health offers one of only 52 NCI-designated U.S. comprehensive cancer centers and is the only such center based in Orange County, where people with advanced-stage or treatment-resistant disease can access early phase clinical trials of the very latest therapies.

Environmental humanities

The growing field of environmental humanities is putting down roots at UCI, home to the newly founded Environmental Humanities Research Center for scholars and the public to examine today’s environmental crises from humanistic perspectives. The environmental humanities bridge the sciences and humanities to form more nuanced understandings of today's environmental crises.

Reminder: UCI Community Safety Survey

Extended through April 29, this anonymous 15-minute survey is UCI’s fulfillment of a key recommendation by the UC Presidential Task Force on Policing. The information that you are asked to provide anonymously includes interactions with campus police, perceptions of campus police activity, use of relevant services and programs, as well as  suggestions to improve the safety of everyone on campus and at the medical center.  Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to weigh in.


UC encourages community to register and vote in June 7 California primary

The University of California is relaunching its “UC Votes” campaign to encourage students, faculty and staff to inform themselves about the upcoming California primary election, register to vote by May 23 and cast their ballots on or before Election Day on June 7.

Multiple airlines drop mask mandate after judge’s ruling

U.S. airlines are lifting mask mandates after a federal judge in Florida ruled against the Biden administration’s mask requirements for travelers on planes and other public transportation. The shift means many airline employees no longer have to wear masks or enforce a mask requirement for passengers. But airlines want to inform travelers that they should still bring a mask on their trip to conform with rules where they land, particularly for international flights. The Centers for Disease Control continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.


Role of Materials for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century – Criticality, Life Cycles, and Solution Pathways
Thursday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by School of Physical Sciences)

Wisdom of Buddhism and Tibet: A Conversation and Mindful Meal with Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Prof. Donald Lopez Jr. (students only)
Thursday, noon (sponsored by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

Staff & Faculty Lunch and Learn: Trauma-Informed Response
Thursday, noon (sponsored by UCI CARE)

Thursday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge)

Decoding Crypto
Thursday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by School of Social Sciences)

Searching for Sugarman
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

UCI Earth Week 2022

  • Zot n Clothes, Thursday, 8 a.m. (sponsored by ASUCI Sustainability Project Commission)
  • Retiring Offshore Rigs: A Decommissioning Workshop to Clear the Horizon!, Thursday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by California Artificial Reef Enhancement Program)
  • #MyLastTrash/Starbucks Cup Giveaway, Thursday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Dining)
  • Leave No Trace chapter booth, Thursday, 10:30 a.m. (sponsored by LNT at UC Irvine)
  • Eco-Cleaning Workshop, Thursday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Facilities Management and Campus as a Living Lab)

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.

What does it take to be an effective mental health app?

Marketplace (audio), April 19
Cited: Stephen Schueller, associate professor of psychological science

Baby bust: Pandemic accelerates fall in China’s birth rate

Financial Times, April 18
Cited: Feng Wang, sociology professor

To Mask Or Not to Mask: How to Decide Where to Wear a Facial Covering

Healthline, April 18
Cited: David Souleles, director of UCI’s COVID-19 Response Team


UCI Physics Earth Week Twitter post

@UCIPhysAstro Tweets: Happy Earth Week. Stay tuned all week to see highlights of UCI’s work around climate change. #EarthDayUCI #InvestinOurPlanet

#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.


5 new campus cases

On Monday, UCI recorded five new cases of COVID-19, all of them 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.

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