Aug. 18 - UCI’s monkeypox plan; how talking was ‘invented’
Anteater Time Machine: Horses take a break on campus property in 1969.
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Video: Campus strategy for monkeypox
In today’s “UCI Minute” video, David Souleles, director of the Campus Public Health Response Team, outlines UCI’s monkeypox strategy and discusses vaccine eligibility and availability.
How humans ‘invented’ talking
Birds chirp, dogs bark, cats meow. But animal communication pales in comparison to the complexity of human language. Richard Futrell, associate professor of language science, discusses how talking began and evolved – and the possible ways that people communicated before spoken language.
Reminder: Reader survey for UCI Magazine
Aug. 31 is the last day to give feedback and suggest improvements to UCI’s alumni magazine in a short, online reader survey. You’ll also have the chance to enter an Amazon gift card drawing.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Citing botched COVID response, CDC chief orders overhaul
The shakeup follows an internal review that criticized the agency. “To be frank, we are responsible for some pretty dramatic, pretty public mistakes, from testing to data to communications,” said Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If at first you don’t test positive, try, try again
If you take an at-home COVID-19 antigen test and get a positive result, that’s typically accurate, health officials say. But false negatives are more common. Some people don’t test positive with rapid tests until four or five days after they start to show symptoms, according to one expert. So keep testing, officials advise.
UCI wins tech award
In this year’s UC Tech Awards, UCI’s Future of Work Program placed second in the IT Security category. The program “transformed how the university functions in the hybrid world” and “modernized systems to support cyber security improvements.”
UCI IN THE NEWS
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Does decades-old smallpox vaccination protect against monkeypox?
Medical Xpress, Aug. 17
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention
YouTubers have moved from true-crime storytelling to trying to solve cases. and it's led to a complicated relationship with police
Business Insider, Aug. 16
Cited: Brandon Golob, assistant professor of criminology
Study: Restoring overstocked forests yields benefits
Western Farm Press, Aug. 16
Cited: Benis Egoh, assistant professor of Earth system science
Brett Sanders from UCI’s Flood Lab tweets: “The southwestern U.S. has experienced massive expansion of impervious surfaces over recent decades, and with steep topography and more intense rainfall, dangerously deep and fast moving floods can move through streets.” The post is accompanied by a 20-second video from Las Vegas.#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.
COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
11 new campus cases
On Wednesday, UCI recorded 11 new cases of COVID-19: nine students and two employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
Upload your vaccine and booster records
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 Coronavirus Response Center - available at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (949) 824-9918
Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services - assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads; available at email@example.com 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.