June 7 - UCI Minute: Monkeypox, What is Title IX?
Students plant trees at Verano Place Graduate and Family Housing Community. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
UCI Minute: How worried should I be about monkeypox?
In today’s UCI Minute video, Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology & infection prevention with UCI Health, and an infectious diseases physician answers this question: How worried should I be about monkeypox?
What is Title IX?
Signed into law by President Richard Nixon 50 years ago this month, the statute bans sex-based discrimination in programs and activities at schools that receive federal funding. It’s only 37 words, but Title IX has had profound effects on campus life in its first half-century, touching everything from female sports and faculty hiring to scholarships and sexual harassment.
Human-triggered California wildfires more severe than natural blazes
Human-caused wildfires in California are more ferocious than blazes sparked by lightning, a team led by UCI reported recently in the journal Nature Communications. California is no stranger to wildfires; in 2020 alone, more than 4 million acres burned across the state. The research could help scientists better understand fire severity and how likely a blaze is to kill trees and inflict long-term damage on an ecosystem in its path.
On May 19 the Scholarship Opportunities Program hosted its 17th annual Breakfast of Champions ceremony to recognize and celebrate this year’s prestigious scholarship recipients, finalists, and honorees. Photo by UCI Media
UCI scholars land awards at home and abroad
The UCI Scholarship Opportunities Program (SOP) is pleased to announce that 22 UCI students have placed in nationally and internationally known prestigious merit scholarship competitions during the university’s challenging transition from remote to in-person operations. Reflecting UCI’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, over half of this year’s recipients self-identify as either first-generation college students or as coming from immigrant backgrounds. These outstanding scholars also represent nearly all of UCI’s 14 schools, demonstrating academic diversity and excellence across campus.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Eligibility for retroactive use of 2021 Emergency Paid Sick Leave
The University of California Office of the President announced an amendment to the Extended Emergency Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19 relief available to UC employees for 2021-2022 to allow employees to retroactively use unused emergency paid sick leave until Dec. 6, 2022.
A new COVID vaccine may be on the way
A new COVID vaccine based on a classic decades-old technology is expected to begin rolling out in the U.S. this summer. Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration are scheduled to debate whether a vaccine developed by the Maryland biotechnology company Novavax is safe and effective. If the shot gets the green light, it will become the fourth coronavirus vaccine in the nation.
13 counties in California have “high” transmission
Thirteen counties in Northern and Central California have “high” community transmission of COVID-19, according to CDC data. It’s the first time since March that any county in the state has been in the “high” category.
Innovators Respond - Pitch Day
Thursday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center)
Live-Online LSAT Strategy Workshop
Thursday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)
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UCI IN THE NEWS
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KABC (video), June 6
Cited: George Tita, professor of criminology, law and society
Eat This, Not That, June 5
Cited: Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, director and founding dean, UCI Program in Public Health
The New York Times, June 4
Cited: Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s professor of history
Commencement speaker and proud first-generation Latina Jacqueline Torres has been on a mission to uplift her “academic brothers and sisters.”
COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
38 new campus cases
On Monday, UCI recorded 38 new cases of COVID-19: 37 students and one employee. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
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Potential workplace exposure
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