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June 22 - Physician of the Year Dr. Alpesh Amin; review our strategic plan

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Yellow flowers bloom at UCI’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Knowledge is not the only thing that blooms at UCI’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


The Orange County Medical Association will bestow the Physician of the Year honor to Dr. Alpesh Amin

The Orange County Medical Association will bestow the Physician of the Year honor to Dr. Alpesh Amin at a ceremony next month. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Dr. Alpesh N. Amin named Orange County’s 2022 Physician of the Year 

Established in 1983, the Orange County Medical Association’s Physician of the Year award recognizes a regional physician whose career exemplifies extraordinary professional ability and a commitment to their patients and colleagues. Amin serves as chair of the Department of Medicine and executive director of the UCI Health Hospitalist Program. “Throughout the COVID pandemic, Dr. Amin has played a leadership role in providing therapeutics, including opening a monoclonal infusion clinic, and clinical trials,” says UCI Health CEO Chad T. Lefteris. “He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of hospital medicine and pioneered one of the nation's first hospitalist programs in 1998 at UCI Medical Center. Dr. Amin is the first and only chairman of an academic health system's department of medicine with a hospital medicine background.”

Anteaters invited to review and comment on strategic plan

In January, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Hal Stern charged a group of faculty and administrators from across the campus with reviewing the current strategic plan and identifying new, ambitious goals to guide the campus in making strategic investments of time and resources over the next five years. All members of the campus community are invited to review the refreshed strategic plan and provide input and feedback.

Thank you for being a force for good

With more than $1.5 million raised from 3,152 gifts, UCI's sixth annual Giving Day exceeded its goals of reaching over 2,400 gifts in 24 hours and engaging 1,000+ alumni. Thank you to everyone who supported scholarships, groundbreaking research, medical services and innovative programs. Together, we are making a tremendous impact on our campus and UCI community.


Most parents taking ‘wait and see' approach to COVID vaccine for kids

Some parents say the vaccine trials conducted among young children were too small to satisfy their safety concerns, according to an infectious disease pediatrician. Though adult trials included more than 70,000 people for both vaccines, 5,000 children received at least one dose of the Moderna vaccine and 3,000 received Pfizer.


Staff Appreciation Night: Angels vs. Seattle Mariners with Shohei Ohtani Snow Globe Giveaway
Friday, 6:30 p.m. (sponsored by Staff Assembly)

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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.

Yes, you should test for Covid before going to a gathering

Vox, June 22
Cited: David Souleles, director of UCI’s COVID-19 Response Team

Experts worried consumer spending habits could be clue of recession coming

KCBS (video), June 18
Cited: Jack Liebersohn, assistant professor of economics

Héctor Tobar on How a Novel Can Only Be Successful When It Sees the Whole Person

Literary Hub (video), June 14
Guest: Héctor Tobar, associate professor of literary journalism & Chicano/Latino studies


Celebrity chefs surprise UCI student tackling food insecurity

Sahana Vij is on a mission to help end food insecurity with her new cookbook "Bake Away." The 18-year-old baker and UCI student is giving all the proceeds from the book to No Kid Hungry with a goal to donate $50,000 and 500,000 meals for kids. On “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” celebrity chef Curtis Stone and the Iron Chefs from "Iron Chef: Quest For An Iron Legend" surprised Sahana to celebrate all her hard work and give No Kid Hungry a $5,000 donation.

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31 new campus cases

On Tuesday, UCI recorded more than 30 new cases of COVID-19: 27 students and four employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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