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April 20 - Denim Day; alum guides copyright office

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Student Housing kicked off Earth Week on Monday with a Plant and Paint event in the Arroyo Vista Garden.

Student Housing kicked off Earth Week on Monday with a Plant and Paint event in the Arroyo Vista Garden. In collaboration with the UCI Sustainability Resource Center and the Latinx Resource Center, students learned about vegetation native to Southern California and their significance to Latin culture. Photo by Corey R. Tull


Alumnus Brent Lutes named first chief economist of US Copyright Office

Brent Lutes earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and quantitative analysis from San Diego State University and his master’s and doctorate in economics from UCI. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Copyright Office

Alumnus named first chief economist of US Copyright Office

In his role, Brent Lutes, UCI economics Ph.D. ’15, will evaluate the economic impacts of programs and policies relating to the U.S. and international copyright systems. He will then advise the Register of Copyrights Shira Perlmutter and other senior officials on how these impacts affect the office, copyright stakeholders and the general public.

Michael Tesler poses a timely question

Why do GOP lawmakers still oppose legalizing weed? Michael Tesler, graduate admissions director and professor of political science, poses that question in his FiveThirtyEight story published today. Noting that the majority of Americans, including Republican voters, support cannabis legalization, he wonders if the lack of support from GOP officeholders will cost the party at the polls.

Denim Day supports sexual assault survivors

You can literally wear your support for survivors of sexual assault on April 27, which is Denim Day. Each year, UCI CARE asks that you wear denim on that day as a symbol of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault. Take that advocacy up a notch by visiting CARE’s photo booth tabling event on Ring Road, or submit a photo/video for the Denim Day Contest, which offers winners $100 gift cards.


State pushes for more youth vaccinations against COVID-19

The California Department of Public Health is partnering with key community-based organizations to increase vaccination for youth ages 5 and up. A series of events combining education and vaccinations are being held through June 5 at after-school programs, libraries, parks and other recreational areas throughout the state.

CDC launches forecasting center to be like a 'National Weather Service for Infectious Diseases'

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched its Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics on Tuesday that aims to guide decision-making at all levels. "In short, we need to use data more effectively to guide response efforts," says Dylan George, epidemiologist and director of operations for the new center.


Clarification on BioSci Earth Day event

The wrong day was given in Monday’s UCI Digest for Celebrate Earth Day with BioSci. It’s Friday, 1 p.m.

UCI Earth Week 2022

  • Zot n Clothes, Friday, 8 a.m. (sponsored by ASUCI Sustainability Project Commission)
  • Earth Day Care Packages, Friday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by Womxn’s Center for Success) 
  • “How to” Field Trip, Friday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Nature) 
  • Proud Source Alkaline Water in Aluminum Cans Samples, Friday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Dining) 
  • Tamp-Into Reusables, Friday, 10:30 a.m. (sponsored by Womxn’s Center for Success) 
  • Live from Newport Pier with SoCal Oil Spill Project, Friday, noon (sponsored by School of Physical Sciences)

Umoja Pilot: Preparing for Post Grad
Friday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Student Success Initiatives)

SKY Campus Happiness Course
Friday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by SKY Meditation at UCI)

#StandwithUkraine: A concert to help displaced Ukrainian scholars
Friday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Ukraine Emergency Response Fund)

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.


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Your Brain on Red Alert

OpenMind, April 11
Cited: Alison Holman, associate professor of nursing

Are Phones Good for Students?

Tech & Learning, April 20
Cited: Candice Odgers, professor of psychological science

Mental Health Week: How The Pandemic Has Challenged And Changed Relationships Between Parents And Kids, And Tips For How To Navigate It

KPCC (audio), April 15
Guest: Jessica Borelli, associate professor of psychological science


Department of Earth System Science tweets movie event to celebrate Earth Day.

Looking to spend an evening celebrating Earth Day? Come out to Croul Hall this Friday (4/22) @ 4 p.m. for a movie showing hosted by the UCI ESS Inclusive Excellence Committee! From Twitter/@uciess

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13 new campus cases

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