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April 27 - Are boosters worth it?; Orange County of the 1940s

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Resident Housing Association held a pop-up thrift store

Shop ’til you Zot: Resident Housing Association held a pop-up thrift store this morning that offered Anteaters free or low-cost clothing. Photo by Corey Tull


UCI COVID Minute: Are boosters worth it?

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: If a booster shot lasts for a few months, is it even worth getting one?

Grads can be honored on Big A scoreboard

UCI invites the family and friends of graduates attending the June 15 all-university commencement ceremony at Angel Stadium to submit short messages and high-resolution photos to be displayed on the scoreboard. The fine print: May 6 is the deadline for submissions, and there are guidelines that must be followed

U.S. Navy blimp hovers near one of the massive airship hangars at the Naval Air Station Santa Ana. 1943.

A U.S. Navy blimp hovers near one of the massive airship hangars at the Naval Air Station Santa Ana (later the Marine Corps Air Station Tustin) in this exhibit photo from 1943. Photo by U.S. Navy

Exhibit explores Orange County in the 1940s

“Snapshots of Orange County in the 1940s: Spaces, Places and Faces,” an exhibit presented by UCI Libraries, explores this region’s cultural, economic and political landscape from its inception through World War II. While multicultural groups were setting roots before the war, military installations brought soldiers from all over the country to Orange County, changing the demographics, cultural norms and expectations. The exhibit is on display during regular library hours through mid-October.


With omicron, nearly 60% in US have been infected during pandemic

Updated figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include three in four U.S. children having now been infected with omicron or another coronavirus variant. The data released Tuesday come from a study that has been measuring the so-called seroprevalence of the coronavirus at various points throughout the pandemic. This is the first time that the population seroprevalence is over 50%.

Fauci: US is out of coronavirus ‘pandemic phase'

"We are certainly right now in this country out of the pandemic phase," the top infectious-disease expert in the U.S. said on PBS’s “NewsHour” on Tuesday. The remarks by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical adviser, come as cases and hospitalizations are notably down, and mask mandates are all but gone.

The Happiest Unmasked Place on Earth

Disneyland will no longer require most guests to wear a mask after dropping one of its last remaining mandates: required face coverings in enclosed transportation settings. Masks are now optional for guests riding buses from the Toy Story Parking Area or the monorail from Downtown Disney.


An informal conversation with award-winning author Sandra Cisneros
Friday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

Teaching for Justice conference
Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by Center for Educational Partnerships, UCI Teacher Academy)

Pleasure and Politics: The Evolving Role and Meaning of the Black Press in the Technological Age
Friday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Libraries)

Contemporary Dance in Israel: New Contemplations/New Perspectives
Friday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by CTSA International and Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

Ngũgĩ in the American Imperium authors discussion
Friday, noon (sponsored by School of Humanities)

Celebration of Heroes: Presentation of Pioneers of Science
Friday, 1:30 p.m. (sponsored by Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences)

Interrogating Maker Culture and STEAM Education
Friday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Department of Informatics)

Free Tacos + Networking Mixer
Friday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by ANTrepreneur Center)

COVID in Custody”
Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ 21C grant and Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

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.

Elon Musk Bets Twitter Users Will Like a More Freewheeling Platform

The Wall Street Journal, April 26
Cited: David Kaye, clinical professor of law

Russia must account for its war crimes, experts say

The Orange County Register, April 26
Cited: Heidi Hardt, associate professor of political science

Large Hadron Collider Seeks New Particles after Major Upgrade

Scientific American, April 27
Cited: Jonathan Feng, Distinguished Professor of physics & astronomy


Bookshelf: Global Burning

Global Burning book cover

Citing wildfires in Brazil, Australia and California, Eve Darian-Smith – professor and chair of UCI’s Department of Global and International Studies – argues in Global Burning that extreme-right antidemocratic governments are prioritizing profits over citizens, stoking catastrophic wildfires and accelerating climate change.

#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.


25 new campus cases

On Tuesday, UCI recorded 25 new cases of COVID-19: Five employees and 20 students. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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