UCI Forward

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.

June 23 - Celebrate 50 years of Title IX with podcast and timeline

Section 1

Anteater Time Machine: Today marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX entering law. What did cross-country and track and field star Buffy Rabbitt accomplish for UCI after the statute took hold? Find out by going to #UCIconnected, clicking on the link to the UCI Athletics special timeline and scrolling down to 1991. Photo courtesy of UCI Athletics

In this continuing series, UCI experts answer questions about COVID-19, vaccinations, variants or the future of work. Submit questions via email.

Today’s question is answered by Suellen Hopfer, assistant professor of public health (via Motherly).

If my children already had COVID-19, should I still get them vaccinated?

Yes. Even though prior COVID infection does offer some natural immunity to prevent future infections, we still don’t know how long that lasts. Per CDC recommendations, getting vaccinated adds protection.

Data released in April suggests that 75% of kids and teens have some evidence of virus antibodies at this point in the pandemic. But that alone shouldn’t be interpreted as protection from future COVID infection, the CDC states in a report.

It’s key to remember that vaccination is especially helpful in preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death. In adults, those who had a prior COVID infection and vaccination from an mRNA vaccine have now reached what experts are calling “super immunity” or “hybrid immunity.” They have a much stronger immune response than those who only had prior infection. We can likely expect the same for kids.


UCI Podcast: Patsy Mink’s role in Title IX passage

Today is the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon signing into law Title IX, which bans sex-based discrimination in programs and activities at schools that receive federal funding. The UCI Podcast’s latest guests are Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, professor of Asian American studies, and Wendy Mink, who with Wu co-wrote the first biography on the late Patsy Mink, Wendy’s mother and a member of Congress who pushed for Title IX’s passage.

UCI researchers aim to diversify clinical research participation with $3.7 million NIH grant

What is the best way to recruit participants to join a clinical studies registry, and can such registries help better diversify clinical research samples? UCI researchers are tackling these critical questions with a new National Institutes of Health grant. The multidisciplinary team will focus on participant recruitment and retainment for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders research.


UCI athletes and coaches were at the heart of the U.S. women’s water polo team that won gold in Tokyo.

UCI athletes and coaches were at the heart of the U.S. women’s water polo team that won gold in Tokyo. Photo courtesy UCI Athletics

Celebrating Title IX with great moments in UC women’s sports

In celebration of all that Title IX has accomplished, behold some standout athletes and programs flourishing across UC campuses.

Long COVID affects 1 in 5 virus patients: Census Bureau

Among U.S. COVID-19 patients, more than one-third experienced long COVID symptoms at some point, and nearly one-fifth are still dealing with symptoms, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The June survey sheds light on how frequently the coronavirus symptoms linger beyond the initial period when people are acutely sick.


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.

California wildfires caused by humans are more dangerous than fires sparked by lightning

Los Angeles Times, June 22
Cited: James Randerson, Ralph J. and Carol M. Cicerone Professor of Earth system science

How exercise may help prevent Alzheimer’s

NOVA, June 22
Cited: Miranda Chappel-Farley, Ph.D. candidate in neurobiology & behavior

What Pride Means to these O.C. Trailblazers

Orange Coast, June 20
Cited: Bo Ruberg, associate professor of film and media studies


2021 Big West champion Anteaters women’s soccer team

Two years before Paula Smith was surrounded here by the 2021 Big West champion Anteaters women’s soccer team, she became UCI’s director of Intercollegiate Athletics and one of 40 women in the U.S. serving as Division I athletic directors. Experience Title IX’s lasting impact on UCI Athletics through a special 50th anniversary timeline chronicling the success of our women athletes and sports leaders. Photo courtesy of UCI Athletics

first UCI women’s volleyball team

A member of the first UCI women’s volleyball team shown here in 1968 was Darlene Bailey (third from right), who was a cornerstone of UCI Athletics, sitting perfectly at the crossroads of Title IX and the emergence of women in sport. Photo courtesy of UCI Athletics

#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.


41 new campus cases

On Wednesday, UCI recorded more than 40 new cases of COVID-19: 36 students and five employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

Upload your vaccine and booster records

Student Record Upload

Employee Record Upload

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.