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July 21 - Recession podcast, commencement video

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Anteater Time Machine: In 1968, UCI’s Engineering and Computer Sciences buildings were dedicated during a fall convocation ceremony in Campus Park (now Aldrich Park).


Friday morning campus disaster drill

A disaster drill involving UCI Emergency Management, the Orange County Fire Authority and other local agencies will take place Friday, July 22, from 8 a.m. to noon, in and around Donald Bren Hall on the UCI campus. Although there will be fire trucks and other first responder vehicles in the area surrounding Bren Hall, including the University Club parking lot, this is a drill.

UCI Podcast: Is a recession coming?

A quick look at the economy these days tells a worrisome story. Inflation is up 9% over last year. The Gross National Product fell nearly 2% last quarter. Rents are skyrocketing, and the stock market is dropping. The S&P 500 Index – which tracks the top companies in the U.S. – is in a bear market. Eric Swanson, professor of economics, studies unconventional monetary policy and the relationship between financial markets and the macroeconomy. In this episode of the UCI Podcast, he answers questions about a potential recession.

VIDEO: All university commencement

ICYMI: Here is a brief video capsulizing the June all university commencement at Angel Stadium - have your hankies ready.

“This amazing graduating class will forever be remembered as one of the most resilient and responsive and determined classes we have ever had the privilege of knowing.”
–Chancellor Howard Gillman


UCOP moves off mainframe, saves $2.95 million

UCOP is leaving behind a 50-year-old legacy technology and heading into the future in the cloud. As of June 30, UCOP ended its reliance on a mainframe computer. As one of UC’s oldest technologies, the mainframe had hosted many important applications—from payroll for active and retired employees to corporate personnel data.

UC student regent appointed

The University of California Board of Regents appointed UCLA doctoral student Merhawi Tesfai to be the 2023-24 student regent. Tesfai will be the 49th student regent, a position established in 1975. He will serve as the student regent-designate for the coming year, able to participate in all deliberations, and will gain voting privileges when his one-year term as a regent begins in July 2023.

BA.5: ‘It should have been given a new Greek letter’

The coronavirus summer wave has some medical experts worried the winter wave will be worse. The new iteration goes by BA.5, and has been labeled as an offshoot of the omicron variant. But Andrew Noymer, UCI professor of population health and disease, said that’s the wrong way of looking at it. “The differences are great,” he said. “Having a previous omicron infection doesn’t protect you against BA.5. People need to be aware this is really a new game. People can get it if they got it a few months ago. It’s really new, and not a shade of omicron. It should have been given a new Greek letter.”


Shakespeare Retreat
Monday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by School of Humanities)

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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.

USC researchers identify symptoms associated with increased risk for long COVID

Los Angeles Times, July 20
Cited: Melissa Pinto, associate professor of nursing

California's Trees Are Dying and Might Not Be Coming Back: Scientists

Newsweek, July 21
Cited: Jonathan Wang, Earth system scientist, and James Randerson, Chancellor’s professor of Earth system science

Can a Teaching Track Improve Undergraduate Education?

Chronicle of Higher Education, July 19
Cited: Jennifer Wong-Ma, associate professor of teaching


Dulcie and Larry Kugelman have a passion for peace that has propelled their partnership with the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding since 2001.

Dulcie and Larry Kugelman have a passion for peace that has propelled their partnership with the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding since 2001. The couple is intimately involved in the School of Social Sciences; Dulcie is on the steering committee for the Women of the Dean’s Leadership Society and Larry chairs the Board of Councilors. Photo by Daniel Cewinski

“We’re interested in encouraging students to take a look at peace, how all of these parts fit together for a more peaceful world, and to do more research in areas related to peace. We want to support them and help them grow.”
–Dulcie Kugelman

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25 new campus cases

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