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May 31 - UCI scales back COVID testing for summer; traffic advisory

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Shot of UCI’s Social Sciences Tower reflected in a rain puddle. Photo by Ian Parker.

For many months, we’ve been featuring Ian Parker’s intriguing campus photos. Now, the professor of neurobiology and biophysics has posted the stories behind some of his images, including this shot of UCI’s Social Sciences Tower reflected in a rain puddle.


Summer shift for COVID-19 testing at UCI

As the quarter winds down, UCI will scale back some of its COVID-19 testing. June 15 will be the final day of testing at the Plaza Verde site. And June 9 will be the last day for saliva tests. But the Student Center test site will remain open this summer for appointments and drop-in PCR (nasal swab) testing. Home antigen test kits will continue to be available for pickup at the Student Center site.

Civil and environmental engineering professor Sunny Jiang. Photo by Julie Kennedy

Civil and environmental engineering professor Sunny Jiang. Photo by Julie Kennedy

Shining a light on water cleanliness

As an avid scuba diver and surfer, Sunny Jiang has a longstanding interest in water cleanliness. At UCI, the professor of civil and environmental engineering is developing a portable device that people in poor villages around the world could use to detect pathogens in drinking water. She’s also working on reinventing toilets and wastewater treatment.

Nursing meets philosophy

How does nursing intersect with philosophy? What items in a philosopher’s toolbox would serve a nurse? These and other questions are discussed by Nursing Dean Mark Lazenby and Humanities Dean Tyrus Miller in the latest episode of the UCI Podcast. A transcript is also available.

Traffic and parking advisory

Because of high school and UCI graduation ceremonies on campus this Thursday (and various days over the next two weeks), the west side of campus will experience traffic delays, road closures and limited parking. Traffic directors will be posted to help with traffic flow, but consider taking alternate routes via Michael Drake Drive and East Peltason Drive to reach campus destinations. For event times and more details, see this map of the affected areas.


Can I stop isolating if I’m still testing positive?

Some people test positive for the coronavirus as long as 10 to 14 days after infection. Are they still contagious? Not necessarily, experts say, but interpreting such test results is difficult.


Campus blood drive with pizza gift cards
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Health)

Employee Assistance Program orientation
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

2022 Undergrad Honors Thesis & Select Undergraduate Exhibitions
Thursday, noon opening, 6 p.m. reception (sponsored by Department of Art)

OC Affordable Housing Impact Study Release
Thursday, 3:30 p.m. (co-sponsored by School of Social Ecology)

“Into the Woods”
Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by UCI 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.

Columbine. Sandy Hook. Parkland. Uvalde. What do we do now?

The Christian Science Monitor, May 27
Cited: David Meyer, professor of sociology

What A CEO’s Choice Of Sport Says About Their Attitude To Risk

Forbes, May 30
Cited: Terry Shevlin, a professor of accounting

Scientists sequence first full genome of a Pompeii victim

KCBS Radio (audio), May 29
Guest: Fabio Macciardi, professor of molecular psychiatry


UCI Archery Club

UCI’s archery club has been competing in various regional, national and international events this spring, including the 2022 USA Archery Collegiate Target Nationals earlier this month. Find out more via the club’s Instagram account.

Christine Catipon, a clinical psychologist at the UCI Counseling Center

At the close of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Christine Catipon, a clinical psychologist at the UCI Counseling Center, appeared on PBS’ “NewsHour” to share her “Brief But Spectacular” take on Asian American mental health.

#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.


101 new campus cases over holiday weekend

From Friday through Monday, UCI recorded 101 new cases of COVID-19: 88 students and 13 employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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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.

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