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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.

July 5 - State expands UCI’s in-prison B.A. program, student creates health startup

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A crepe myrtle tree illuminated by the sun over the science library. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

A crepe myrtle tree illuminated by the sun over the science library. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


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COVID-19 test: Remember to test after travel

If you traveled out of town or attended social gatherings over the holiday weekend, it’s a good idea to get tested for COVID-19. Free walk-in testing for faculty, staff and students is available at the Student Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Fourth-year student Catlin Tran - Student entrepreneur creates health and wellness startup

Student entrepreneur creates health and wellness startup

Fourth-year student Catlin Tran is doing what all good entrepreneurs do. She’s combining her love of food, a family background in pharmaceuticals and her business economics major to start a new business. She co-founded Nutripair with UCI alum Bing Mo ’21. Nutripair is a health and wellness startup designed to pair individuals with personalized nutrition solutions to help them make informed decisions for tackling chronic illnesses through dietary means.

State awards $1.8 million to expand UCI’s in-prison B.A. program

The state of California has allocated $1.8 million to expand UCI’s Leveraging Inspiring Futures Through Educational Degrees effort, the first in-prison B.A. program in the UC system. LIFTED enables incarcerated individuals at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego County to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCI. In April, UCI offered admission to 25 applicants from RJD. They will begin taking courses this fall.


UC announces Board of Regents chair and vice chair, committee leaders

The University of California announced the appointment of Regent Richard Leib as chair of the UC Board of Regents and Regent Gareth Elliott as vice chair. Leib, Elliott and seven committee chairs were selected by their fellow regents and their one-year terms began July 1.

‘SpeechMatters’ podcast explores challenges in higher education

‘SpeechMatters’ podcast explores challenges in higher education

In episode 4 of “SpeechMatters,” the official podcast of the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement, host Michelle Deutchman, the center’s executive director, speaks with former Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. on some of the challenges facing higher education (high costs, opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect minority students, state legislatures’ threats to academic and individual freedoms) and why his outlook remains hopeful for the future. Click on the link above or listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or TuneIn.

Next COVID boosters to target omicron subvariants

American regulators committed last week to updating the 2020 vaccine recipes for this fall’s booster campaign with new formulas meant to defend against the ultra-contagious omicron subvariants.


Prison to University Conference Presents ALIGN-Ed in Higher Education
Thursday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Underground Scholars)

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Outdoor Shakespeare productions return to UC Irvine this week

The Orange County Register, July 5
Cited: Eli Simon, Chancellor’s professor of drama

Ending Roe vs. Wade opens the door to a nationwide abortion ban. But how likely is it?

ABC News, July 2
Cited: Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s professor of law

Anti-Bloat Supplements Can Help With More Than Just Gas Relief

Women’s Health via MSN, July 4
Cited: Marvin Singh, director of integrative gastroenterology at the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute


#UCIAthletics tweets: A couple of Anteaters on this week’s @USLChampionship Team of the Week!! Congratulations to @Alvaroquezada24 and @danny_christos for being voted as starters in this week’s @USLChampionship Team of the Week! Quezada scored the opening goal in our Friday night win against Phoenix, while Crisostomo recorded two assists.

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24 new campus cases

Between July 1 and July 4, UCI recorded two dozen new cases of COVID-19: 20 students and four employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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