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April 25 - “COVID in Custody”; dishes that will knock you out

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Michigan bound: The Anteaters women’s water polo team beat No. 1 ranked University of Hawaii 11-8 to win the Big West Championship on Saturday at Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex in Honolulu. The team’s eighth Big West title automatically sends them to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the seventh NCAA Tournament bid in program history. See the UCI Athletics coverage. Photo from Twitter/@UCIwwp. Video of the celebration is in #UCIConnected below.


“What the professors did was incredible. It’s nice to be able to recognize people who are making a difference,” says Jane Page, who co-wrote and co-directed “COVID in Custody.” Photo by Steve Zylius / UCI

Play explores UCI’s PrisonPandemic project

The disembodied voices of people in prison – scared, pleading, angry, upset – will haunt a UCI play about the coronavirus in California’s crowded penitentiaries. Set to open Friday in Little Theatre, “COVID in Custody” chronicles the real-life efforts of three UCI professors and a cadre of students to document how the pandemic has played out behind bars.

Eating for a better night’s sleep

Did you know that your diet can help you achieve more restful sleep? Foods such as kale, broccoli, chicken, nuts and whole grains are rich in tryptophan, magnesium, calcium and other nutrients that are essential to help your body regulate sleep, according to Kelly M. Rubenstein of the UCI Health Weight Management Program. With this in mind, Chef Jessica Van Roo, assistant director of Culinary Recreation & Experiential Programs, created recipes that will knock you out.


COVID vaccine prevented nearly 20,000 California deaths: study

The shots are estimated to have prevented more than 1.5 million COVID-19 cases, 72,000 hospitalizations and nearly 20,000 deaths in the state during the first 10 months of vaccination, through Oct. 16, 2021. The findings, which are based on California Department of Public Health data, suggest that the state’s large public health benefit from vaccinations can be generalized across the country.


Denim Day is April 27, 2022

Denim Day
Wednesday (sponsored by UCI CARE)

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

Budget Airfare
Wednesday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by ConnexUC)

Black Brazilian Cinema: Shorts and New Directions
Wednesday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

The FortySomething Fanboy author Sam Choi (’91)
Wednesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by Humanities Center)

“The Effect”
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. (sponsored by Department of Drama)

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.

‘It’s Life or Death’: The Mental Health Crisis Among U.S. Teens

The New York Times, April 23
Cited: Candice Odgers, professor of psychological science

After OC oil spill, UCI students are studying how crude impacts microbes in SoCal waters

The Orange County Register, April 22
Cited: Joana Tavares and Melissa Brock, Ph.D. students

Shanghai Lockdown Bolsters a Fringe Independence Movement

The Wall Street Journal, April 23
Cited: Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor's Professor of history


UCI women's water polo tweets Big West win


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21 new campus cases

From Friday through Sunday, UCI recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19: 18 students and three employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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