Sept. 22 - Welcome Week photos; new Guinness record
Anteater Time Machine: On UCI’s first day of classes in October 1965, a student poses for a snapshot.
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Students race to tag Peter the Anteater during the world’s largest game of red light/green light on Wednesday. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
Students smash another Guinness record
Resuming a campus tradition, UCI students set a new Guinness world record on Wednesday, this time for the largest game of red light/green light. More than 1,400 Anteaters played the childhood classic in Aldrich Park, breaking the previous record of 1,203 participants set by students at Willamette University in Oregon. UCI’s other Guinness titles include the largest game of dodgeball (2012), largest water pistol fight (2013) and largest game of capture the flag (2015). Scroll down to #UCIconnected for other Welcome Week photos.
UCI Minute: What if I think I have monkeypox?
In today’s UCI Minute video, Dr. Albert Chang, medical director of UCI’s Student Health Center, answers the question: What should I do if I think I have monkeypox?
Campus COVID case count reports discontinued
Starting today, UCI Digest will no longer publish the number of new COVID-19 cases on campus, and UCI will stop updating its COVID-19 dashboard with daily case counts and vaccination rates. As home antigen tests are increasingly used, confirmed case counts from PCR testing have become a less accurate indicator of total cases, and health officials are instead watching hospitalizations and deaths. UCI will continue to post the campus locations where students and employees were during their infectious period. And historical data will remain on the UCI Forward dashboard.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Is COVID now less dangerous than the flu?
Health experts have begun debating whether vaccines, immunity and weaker variants have made COVID-19 less deadly than flu for most people. Both sides have interesting arguments. A few experts even fear that this year's flu season could be more severe than this winter's COVID surge, NPR reports.
“Dissolve” art exhibit
Opens Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art)
“Echoes of Perception” art exhibit
Opens Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art)
* Image credits: Top, Sonia Romero, Inner Landscape, 2011, Silkscreen, 26 x 42 in. The Buck Collection at UCI Museum and Institute of California Art, © 2011 Sonia Romero. Bottom: James Swinnerton, Sunset in Monument Valley, circa 1928, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in. UC Irvine Institute and Museum of California Art, Gift of The Irvine Museum
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UCI IN THE NEWS
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KCBS (video), Sept. 21
Cited: John Smith, professor of German, and Jack Brouwer, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering
Healthline, Sept. 20
Cited: Dr. Jose Mayorga, executive director of UCI Health Family Health Centers
Marketplace (audio), Sept. 21
Cited: Gary Richardson, professor of economics
Wednesday’s UCI Digest listed the wrong title for Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio. She is assistant vice chancellor of educational partnerships.
A gallery of Welcome Week photos
Our resident shutterbug, Steve Zylius, captured some fun images from Welcome Week 2022:
Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educational Partnerships.
The Chinese Association Tricking Team shows its talents during the Anteater Involvement Fair.
The Southern Wind Lion Dance performs in Aldrich Park during the Involvement Fair.
A Ballet Folklorico performer twirls at the Anteater Involvement Fair in advance of a group performance on Friday at the Student Center.
The Black Student Union booth offers information during the Anteater Involvement Fair.
Dean Rameen Talesh (off-camera) figured out a way to “shake everyone's hand” during convocation.
Chancellor Howard Gillman poses for a selfie during Welcome Week.
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COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
Campus case count reports discontinued
Effective today, the UCI Digest will discontinue sharing the daily positive COVID-19 case counts reported to campus, and UCI will stop updating its COVID-19 dashboard daily case counts and vaccination rates. As home antigen tests are increasingly used, confirmed case counts from PCR testing have become a less accurate indicator of total cases, and public health officials are more focused on community level hospitalizations and deaths to better represent the effect of COVID-19 on the community and the healthcare system. We will continue to post locations on campus where reported COVID-19 cases were during their infectious period. Historical data will remain on the UCI Forward dashboard page.
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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.
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