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April 21 - New arts dean; a real fountain of youth?

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Anteater Time Machine: 1981’s Earth Day audience at UCI. Scroll down for photos of two unusual guests at the event and a picture from the first Earth Day, in 1970.

Anteater Time Machine: 1981’s Earth Day audience at UCI. Scroll down for photos of two unusual guests at the event and a picture from the first Earth Day, in 1970.

UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS

UCI COVID Minute: Second boosters

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: Who is the spring booster for and why should they get it?

ASU’s Tiffany Lopez takes over the Claire Trevor School of the Arts in July.

ASU’s Tiffany López takes over the Claire Trevor School of the Arts in July.

New arts school dean named

Tiffany López, who led Arizona State University’s School of Film, Dance and Theatre before becoming vice provost for inclusive excellence at the Tempe campus, will join UCI on July 1 as the new dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Before ASU, López spent more than two decades at UC Riverside. She is also a founding member of the Latino Theater Alliance of Los Angeles and has worked as a dramaturge with the Mark Taper Forum and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Researchers uncover immune system ‘fountain of youth’

A UCI-led study could lead to treatments that rejuvenate the immune system of elderly people and reduce their risk of infectious disease. “We’ve identified a potential fountain of youth for the immune system.” said Dr. Haik Mkhikian, an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology. The findings were published in the journal Nature Aging.

UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS

Global COVID deaths fall to lowest level in 2 years

The virus is killing fewer people worldwide than at any time since March 2020. Although official death tallies are widely viewed as undercounts, the overall trend shows that the number of deaths is heading in a positive direction — “something to celebrate,” one expert said.

COVID hasn’t given up all its secrets. Here are 6 mysteries

If you’ve never had COVID-19, how worried should you be? How will the virus evolve next? How, exactly, does the virus transmit from person to person. These are three of the conundrums scientists are beginning to unravel.

EVENTS

Shakespeare’s Birthday Bash
Saturday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations)

M.F.A. Thesis Exhibitions Part 1
Saturday, noon opening, 2 p.m. reception (sponsored by Department of Art)

Staff Appreciation Night: LA Galaxy vs. Nashville SC
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (sponsored by Staff Assembly's Staff Appreciation Committee)

Final collection day for Zot n Clothes
Monday, 8 a.m. (sponsored by ASUCI Sustainability Project Commission)

Women Surviving Cancer: Why Treatment at a Designated Cancer Center Matters
Monday, 7 p.m. (co-sponsored by UCI Health)

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

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.

PBS Newshour - Jack Brouwer screenshot

Could hydrogen be the clean fuel of the future?

PBS Newshour (video), April 20
Guest: Jack Brouwer, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at UCI

‘I’m not all better’: How long COVID upended the life of an L.A. teen

Los Angeles Times, April 21
Cited: Dr. Vanessa Wu, a physician with UCI Health COVID Recovery Service

Your 50 Top Health Questions Answered

AARP, April 15
Cited: Sara Mednick, professor of cognitive science

#UCICONNECTED

Goofy (and Mickey Mouse) showed up for UCI’s 1981 Earth Day.

Goofy (and Mickey Mouse) showed up for UCI’s 1981 Earth Day.

Activist Tom Hayden speaks at Earth Day 1981.

Activist Tom Hayden speaks at Earth Day 1981.

On the first Earth Day, in 1970, UCI students browse displays outside the library.

On the first Earth Day, in 1970, UCI students browse displays outside the library.

#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.

COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES

24 new campus cases

On Wednesday, UCI recorded two dozen new cases of COVID-19: 22 students and two employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

Upload your vaccine and booster records

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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.