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Sept. 12 - Another top ranking for UCI; learning tips for students

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Rubber ducks in the Infinity Fountain.

Rubber duckies roosting in the Infinity Fountain. Photo by Ian Parker


Graphic read UCI is Top 10 Public University in the U.S. for eight years by U.S. News & World Report

UCI ranked as top 10 public university for eighth straight year

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UCI eighth among the nation’s public universities and 34th overall, an improvement of two spots on the magazine’s 2022-23 list of “Best Colleges,” released today. This is the eighth consecutive year in which UCI has placed in the top 10 and, this year, the university tied with UC San Diego. Importantly, UCI also ranked seventh overall in the subcategory of social mobility, which takes into account the graduation rate of students awarded Pell Grants. In other areas, UCI has again been rated the country’s 15th best college for veterans. U.S. News & World Report also evaluated certain undergraduate programs. UCI came in 24th for computer science, 30th for business, 39th for nursing and 42nd for engineering.

LARC graphic for Student Success tutorials

Student success tutorials and other learning resources now available

From kindergarten through high school, students are helped along the path to academic excellence by consistent exposure to rules and expectations. So, once you reach college, it can seem like you’re on your own. UCI’s Learning and Resources Center aims to change that perception by offering free academic support, including coaching and tutorials as well as various learning tips, to both incoming and continuing students. And if you need more specific help, you can contact LARC directly with questions.

National Preparedness Month, Week 2: Transportation Access Points

National Preparedness Month: Week 2 – Transportation Access Points 

This week’s focus is on the newly established Transportation Access Points. If you do not have transportation to evacuate during an emergency, the campus will provide transportation assistance utilizing TAPs. Most TAP locations are bus stops, but not all bus stops are TAPs. Visit the Know Your Zone website to learn more about TAP locations and procedures and test your knowledge by taking our scavenger hunt for an opportunity to win a $50 gift card. 


New research suggests cause of ‘long COVID’

A growing number of scientists believe that lingering COVID-19 virus in the human body is a root cause of symptoms known as “long COVID.” New research has found that a spike protein of the virus in the blood of long COVID patients can remain up to a year after infection but is not found in people who have fully recovered from the virus. The virus has also been found in tissues including the brain, lungs and lining of the gut. The findings suggest that leftover reservoirs of the virus could be provoking the immune system in some people, causing complications such as blood clots and inflammation, which may fuel certain long COVID symptoms.

Governor signs heatwave-related emergency bills

On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed several pieces of heatwave-related legislation, including a measure that will create the nation's first extreme heat advance warning and ranking system to improve local preparedness for heat waves. Other bills will create a committee to study the effects of extreme heat on California’s workers, businesses and economy; develop guidance for pregnant people working outdoors; and allow cities and counties to establish what the governor's office called "climate resilience districts" with the power to invest in programs that address extreme heat, drought, wildfire and other climate impacts.


Work Reimagined Town Hall
Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. (Sponsored by Office of the Chancellor)

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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.

Researchers want to mix renewable fuels into existing gas lines at UC Irvine

Daily Pilot, Sept. 9
Cited: Jack Brouwer, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering

Livestreamed violence compounds America's horror and inspires copycats, experts say. When will it stop?

USA Today, Sept. 10
Cited: Roxane Cohen Silver, Distinguished Professor of psychological science, medicine and public health

Opinion: Plastic Might Be Making You Obese

Bloomberg, Sept. 11
Cited: Bruce Blumberg, professor of developmental & cell biologyUCI Health tweet honoring first responders who demonstrated bravery 21 years ago on September 11.


Remembering the victims of 9/11

Yesterday, UCI Health recognized the bravery and sacrifice of the American #firstresponders who perished on Sept. 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 victims died on 9/11, including more than 400 firefighters, emergency technicians and law enforcement officers.  #neverforget.

#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.


11 new campus cases

On Friday and over the weekend, UCI recorded 11 new cases of COVID-19: five students and six 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.