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UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.

May 25 - Chancellor on mass shooting; campus tuberculosis case

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Tweet featuring image of UCI students with Scottish chemist David MacMillan, Ph.D. ’96, the 2021 Nobel winner in chemistry.

A show of zots: How does a Nobel Prize-winning Anteater know he is truly “home”? When he is munching pizza and flashing zot signs with UCI students. Scottish chemist David MacMillan, Ph.D. ’96, the 2021 Nobel winner in chemistry, kicked off his visit to Irvine by lunching with some chemistry undergraduate students. Photo from Twitter/@UCIChemistry


Chancellor Gillman on Texas mass shooting

“When I was appointed chancellor almost eight years ago, I could have never imagined how often I would be writing to you about mass shootings,” writes Chancellor Howard Gillman in a message to Anteaters following Tuesday’s horrific events in Texas. He points those in our community who would like help in coping with what occurred to these resources:

Counseling Center for undergraduates and graduate students

Employee Assistance Program for faculty and staff

Notice of tuberculosis case investigation

The Orange County Health Care Agency informed UCI of a tuberculosis case on campus, writes Dr. Albert Chang, medical director of the Student Health Center, in a message to Anteaters. The student lives off-campus, is receiving treatment, and is being closely followed by the OCHCA Pulmonary Disease Services Clinic, states Chang, who explained what tuberculosis is in Tuesday’s "Public Health Minute" video.

UCI Podcast: global indigeneity

On the heels of Native Americans becoming eligible to have their UC tuition waived beginning this fall, and the addition of Native Hawaiians to the heritage month that historically honored Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Tiara Na’puti, assistant professor in the department of global and international studies, helps break down identity groups and their cultures.


Omicron subvariant has become dominant among new US cases

Another form of the omicron subvariant BA.2 has become the dominant version among new U.S. coronavirus cases, according to federal estimates. There was no indication yet that BA.2.12.1 causes more severe disease than earlier forms did.

CDC warns of ‘COVID-19 rebound' after taking antiviral pills

Some Americans who take Paxlovid, an antiviral for COVID-19, may see their symptoms rebound following a brief recovery, warns the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The warning affirmed a trend many patients and doctors have been discussing for at least a month.


Movement Workshop
Friday, 3:30 p.m. (sponsored by FRESH Basic Needs Hub)

UCI Symphony Orchestra
Friday, 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.

An Artist Asks, What Is Luxury Without the Logos?

The New York Times, May 24
Cited: Eric Spangenberg, professor of marketing and psychology & social behavior

Severe COVID May Speed Up Cognitive Decline: Experts Explore Routes of Care

Verywell Mind, May 23
Cited: Jessica Borelli, associate professor of psychological science

'The Alcatraz of the Rockies': Why No One Ever Escapes From ADX Florence

HowStuffWorks, May 23
Cited: Keramet Reiter, professor and vice chair of criminology, law & society


Class of 2022 graduate Michelle Thomas

#IamUCI: Q&A with Class of 2022 graduate Michelle Thomas

Graduating this spring with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in African American studies, Michelle Thomas plans to earn a Ph.D. in psychology and wants to help minority populations. In fact, Thomas decided to get involved in psychology because of the stigmatization of mental health in the Black community. She also sees a lack of Black women in her field and hopes to address that – perhaps by becoming a professor and serving as a role model for Black, female university students.

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


48 new campus cases

On Tuesday, UCI recorded 48 new cases of COVID-19: 42 students and six employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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