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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.

Aug. 16 - New UCI Podcast, mandatory training for all employees

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Gillespie Hall in the College of Health Sciences catches the afternoon sun.

Gillespie Hall in the College of Health Sciences catches the afternoon sun. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Mandatory training for all employees

Reminder: All faculty and staff are required to view a training video titled “COVID-19 Employee Training,” which explains what COVID-19 is, how it is transmitted, the steps the campus is taking to reduce potential exposure, and how you can protect yourself and others. This training is required by Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health. Even if you will continue to work remotely, but may need to come to campus occasionally, you must complete this training. If you haven’t already taken it, the training module is available through the UC Learning Center and can be searched by title using the “Find a Course” function.

UCI Podcast: Solutions that scale

James Bullock, dean of UCI’s School of Physical Sciences, was one of the earliest proponents of a multidisciplinary initiative called Solutions That Scale. The project was created to bring together researchers from nearly every academic unit on campus to come up with ways to mitigate the effects of climate change. In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Dean Bullock discusses the origin of Solutions That Scale, what its researchers are doing now, and what they plan to do in the future.

Precision health perspectives

In February, UCI launched the Institute for Precision Health, a campuswide, interdisciplinary endeavor that merges UCI’s powerhouse health sciences, engineering, machine learning, artificial intelligence, clinical genomics and data science capabilities. The objective is to identify, create and deliver the most effective health and wellness strategy for each individual and, in doing so, confront the linked challenges of health equity and the high cost of care. Dr. Peter Chang is co-director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Diagnostic Medicine and assistant professor-in-residence in radiological sciences in the School of Medicine. Here, he discusses the promise of AI and what he sees for the Institute for Precision Health’s future

Curing Cushing’s disease without scars

A lifelong athlete, Carolyn Tormey ran track and studied ballet as a teenager. In her 40s, she took up dressage; in her 50s, she turned to boxing, teaching Zumba and competing in triathlons. In 2019, everything changed. The Yorba Linda resident’s energy began to flag so much she would retreat to her car to rest mid-grocery shopping. She gained 45 pounds despite eating healthy and working out at least two hours a day. A rare endocrine condition called Cushing’s disease, which causes the body to overproduce cortisol, the fight-or-flight hormone, was diagnosed and treated by UCI Health. This under-recognized condition affects at least 10 million people a year. “I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I wouldn’t be here if not for the doctors at UCI Health,” Tormey says.


Americans less optimistic about COVID situation

Americans remain more optimistic than pessimistic about the coronavirus situation in the U.S., but substantially fewer express optimism than did so this spring. Gallup's latest COVID-19 survey finds 41% of U.S. adults saying the COVID-19 situation is getting better, down from 63% in late April and early May. Thirty percent, up from 15%, say the situation is getting worse, while 29% believe it is staying the same.


Women in Technology Inclusive Networking Kickoff Session
Thursday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Women in Technology at UCI)

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


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.

Opinion: The Least Effective Minimum-Wage Hike

The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 15
Cited: David Neumark, Distinguished Professor of economics

Expert: Pharmacies Serving as Extenders for Opioid Treatment Programs May Help Significantly Decrease Deaths From Opioid Use Disorder

Pharmacy Times (video), Aug. 16
Guest: Jonathan Watanabe, professor of clinical pharmacy and associate dean of assessment and quality at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

90% of People Who Lose Sense of Smell or Taste from COVID-19 Regain It Within 2 Years

Healthline, Aug. 10
Cited: Vanessa Wu, UCI Health COVID-19 Recovery Service


UCI Women’s Soccer tweet

UCI Women’s Soccer @UCIwsoc tweets: “Expectations are set! The Anteaters are picked to repeat as Big West Champions! Time to go make that happen.” 

UCI women’s soccer hosts the 2022 home opener against Cal this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Anteater Stadium.

#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.


10 new campus cases

On Monday, UCI recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19: seven students and three employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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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.