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May 9 - Hospital Week & Nurses Week; close contact tracking ends

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Succulents pop out of the purple carpet along California Avenue

Succulents pop out of the purple carpet along California Avenue. Photo by Ian Parker


Banner reads Celebrating Hospital Week and Nurses Week

UCI Human Resources celebrates Hospital Week and Nurses Week

All week there are events celebrating how our caregivers support UCI Health’s strategic vision to improve health, increase value for patients and transform facilities to be the best places to give and get care. Event details are subject to change as COVID-19 protocols update, so a special webpage has been established to host the most current information on all activities.

Changes to close contact applications

The Cal/OSHA board has revised its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards.  Effective immediately, physical distancing is no longer required for employee close contacts who do not take a COVID test three to five days after an exposure. As a result, UCI Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services will no longer be tracking employee close contact testing and will not report missed tests to HR in order to send an employee home to meet the physical distancing requirement. 

It is still recommended that close contacts test three to five days after an exposure and mask while indoors for 10 days after their exposure. They can test at a campus testing location or use a home antigen test, and they are only required to report the result to campus if it is positive. (If they test at a campus testing site the positive result is automatically reported). Free home antigen test kits are available for pickup at the campus testing locations.

Monica Daley, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, directs the Center for Integrative Movement Sciences

Monica Daley, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, directs the Center for Integrative Movement Sciences, which includes all disciplines of movement sciences, and its new Human Performance Lab, which focuses on human movement sciences. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

A bird’s leg view: Avian ground movement studies help people with mobility issues

Monica Daley’s research literally has a leg up on the competition – so long as that leg is attached to turkeys, ostriches, pheasants, bobwhite quail, secretary birds or, most recently, guinea fowl. The associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology studies how birds traverse the ground so that better leg prosthetics and treatments for movement disorders can be devised for humans.

#DenninInsights Episode 29: Rethinking the Classroom as a Team

#DenninInsights: Rethinking the Classroom as a Team: Part 1

Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning Michael Dennin based the latest #DenninInsights on a panel discussion he hosted with coaches, art directors and dance faculty. He says, “Our approach should be to provide the tools and environment for all students to succeed... every student’s path to success is different.”


White House warns of COVID-19 surges in the winter

COVID cases surged during the past two winters and are likely to do so again this year — unless the country can prepare and act, the White House warns. “If we don’t get ahead of this thing, we’ll have a lot of waning immunity. This virus continues to evolve and we may see a pretty sizable wave of infections, hospitalizations and deaths this fall and winter,” said White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.


Women of the World Call for Peace Now
Tuesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Center for Citizen Peacebuilding)

Integrative Health: Biofeedback Session with Dr. Maddison Thivierge
Wednesday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Health)

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

Combating Burnout at UCI
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Social Sciences Academic Resource Center)

Beyond Ring Road: Financial Considerations for Graduation
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Division of Career Pathways)

Trauma & Sexual Assault Recovery for College Students Featuring Adriana Alejandre, LMFT Trauma Therapist
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Latinx Resource Center and Counseling Center)

First Gen Faculty Author Series
Wednesday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by Social Sciences Academic Resource Center)

Communication Skills Workshop with Adriana Alejandre, Latinx Therapy Founder
Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. (sponsored by Latinx Resource Center and Counseling Center)

Improve Your Snooze
Wednesday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion)

Veterans Transitions: Focus on Housing
Wednesday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by School of Social Sciences)

Hacking Student Success #MentalHealth Innovation Challenge
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. (sponsored by ANTrepreneur Center)

UCI Jazz Orchestra and Small Jazz Groups - Spring 2022
Wednesday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Music)

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.

The Common Places BA.2 And Other Omicron Subvariants Are Spreading

HuffPost, May 9
Cited: Bernadette Boden-Albala, director and founding dean, Program in Public Health, and Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention

Coronavirus FAQ: Should I go to that party? What do I do if guests got COVID?

NPR, May 6
Cited: David Souleles, director, UCI’s COVID-19 Response Team

In a World Where We're All Burned Out, Your 'Downstate' Can Change Everything—Here's How

Parade, May 6
Cited: Sara Mednick, professor of cognitive sciences


Micherlange Francois-Hemsley

#IamUCI: Q&A with Class of 2022 graduate Micherlange Francois-Hemsley

Micherlange Francois-Hemsley has always had a unique perspective on the world. She sees it as interdisciplinary and interconnected, and her goals and interests reflect that. She’s a dancer, a photographer, a sorority sister, an activist, a student and much more. Francois-Hemsley has spent the past three years thriving at UCI, majoring in African American studies and minoring in criminology, law and society.

Graduating this year? Share your UCI story and photos! Tag us with #IamUCI on Instagram and Twitter.


51 new campus cases

From Friday through Sunday, UCI recorded 51 new cases of COVID-19: 43 students and eight employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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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.