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April 29 - Avoiding BA.2 variant; AAAS inductees

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students participate in BioBlitz event.

That was wild: UCI Nature presented UCI Ecological Preserve BioBlitz 2022 on April 22, when visitors had the option of guided or self tours. Photo by Steve Zylius /UCI


UCI COVID Minute: What makes the BA.2 variant more transmissible?

In the latest UCI COVID Minute, Bernadette M. Boden-Albala, director and founding dean of the Program in Public Health, answers this question: What makes the BA.2 variant more transmissible compared to previous COVID strains, and how do we protect ourselves against it?

4 professors elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Joining the likes of Ben Franklin, Robert Frost, Albert Einstein, Margaret Mead and Martin Luther King Jr., four UCI professors have been elected to membership in the prestigious American Academy of Arts & Sciences, which was founded in 1780 and recognizes extraordinary accomplishments and leadership in academia, the arts, industry, public policy and research. The newly inducted UCI members are Efi Foufoula-Georgiou, Adriana Darielle Mejía Briscoe, Virginia Trimble and Jeffrey Barrett.

Healthy actions now may protect you from Alzheimer’s disease

While there is as yet no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, new research shows that healthy lifestyle actions taken now can add years to your life and decrease the risk of developing the progressive neurological disorder. UCI Health neuropsychologist Hayley B. Kristinsson, who specializes in neurodegenerative disorders and the cognitive markers used to predict dementia, discusses the groundbreaking study, risk factors associated with AD and the best ways to prevent it.


Friday fun fact

Why UC: Over the past 15 years, more than 80% of undergraduates agree that "attending a university with world-class researchers is important to me."

Grad Slam is on

Tracking galaxy changes over time, probing the CBD hype, foiling the virus that causes COVID: At UC’s upcoming Grad Slam, 10 graduate students will compete to explain their research into these and other weighty topics in just 3 minutes flat. The students won contests at each UC campus; Rachel Sousa, whose topic is “Curing cancer with math,” represents UCI. Tune into the livestreamed event May 6 at 11 a.m. and vote for your favorite talk.

LAX international travelers hit mark not seen since pandemic’s start

Los Angeles International Airport saw more than 1 million international passengers in March, the first time its monthly tally has hit that mark since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, according to airport officials. 

Climate change could spark next pandemic, study finds

As the global climate continues to warm, wild animals may be forced to relocate to areas with large human populations — increasing the likelihood of a “viral jump” that could cause the next pandemic, a new study has found. Different mammals will encounter one another for the first time during these journeys — called “geographic range shifts” — and in doing so, they will also share thousands of viruses, according to the study published in Nature.


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

UC Retirement Process Step by Step webinar
Tuesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by UC Retirement Administration Service Center)

Latina Lives, Latina Narratives featuring Vicki L. Ruiz and Miroslava Chavez-Garcia
Tuesday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative)

Esports Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
Tuesday, noon (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative)

Stress Management and Self Care
Tuesday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by FRESH Needs Hub)

Fulbright Research Excellence at UCI
Tuesday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Scholarship Opportunities Program)

New Dean’s Reception: Jon B. Gould
Tuesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by School of Social Ecology)

GRE Strategy Workshop
Tuesday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

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.

COVID deaths no longer overwhelmingly among unvaccinated as toll on elderly grows

The Washington Post, April 29
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health

Opinion: The rape of Ukraine

NBC News, April 25
Author: Sharon Block, professor of history

Behind Closed-Doors, President Biden May Be Considering Canceling Student Loan Debt

KPCC (audio), April 28
Guest: Stacey Tutt, visiting clinical law professor and clinical partner, Student Loan Law Initiative


Student Housing opens a Family Resource Center

Photo by Corey Tull

Student Housing opens a Family Resource Center

Anteaters with families have a new place to gather for free play, scheduling child activities and socializing with other parents. The Family Resource Center at Palo Verde is open to residents of all UCI graduate and family housing communities. Hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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20 new campus cases

On Thursday, UCI recorded 20 new cases of COVID-19: four employees and 16 students. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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