UCI Forward

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.

Oct. 18 - Open enrollment coming, state of emergency ending

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The hustle and bustle of fall quarter on Ring Road. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

The hustle and bustle of fall quarter on Ring Road. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Savanna Nygard - Flutist is flying high

Flutist is flying high

Savanna Nygard is a third-year student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music, with a concentration in flute performance. Nygard holds the principal chair as first flute in the UCI Symphony Orchestra and is the recipient of the Alice Lowell Memorial Scholarship. The funding supports undergraduate scholars of 18th and 19th century classical music, which Nygard has studied extensively under Patricia Cloud, a lecturer in the Department of Music.

Raising standards through new grading practices

In this latest installment, Vice Provost Michael Dennin discusses specifications grading and how this alternative grading system gives students more control over their grades, time and effort, and is critical for their success.


Open enrollment opens Oct. 27

Information on open enrollment is now available at UCnet (in English and Spanish), with a preview of this year’s open enrollment highlights. Take control of your health: open enrollment begins Oct. 27. The open enrollment website will be live on Oct. 24.

California to end COVID-19 state of emergency

California’s COVID-19 state of emergency will end on Feb. 28, 2023. As it is phased out, the SMARTER Plan will continue to guide California’s strategy to protect people from COVID-19.

Yankee candles and COVID

After seeing Twitter threads pointing out a potential link between negative candle reviews and spikes in COVID cases, one professor sought to determine if there was a relationship between the two. The results of his analysis were clear. When COVID cases surged, there was a corresponding rise in reviews complaining about scentless candles, perhaps because COVID-19 had wiped out some people’s sense of smell. The professor found similar trends for perfume reviews, suggesting it wasn't a Yankee Candle-specific phenomenon.


The Marvelous Molecule, RNA
Thursday, 7 p.m. (sponsored by School of Medicine)

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Don't Go Here Even if It's Open, Says COVID Expert

Eat This, Not That!, Oct. 15
Cited: Bernadette Boden-Albala, director and founding dean, Program in Public Health

Worsening inflation will pressure Fed to keep raising rates

AP, Oct. 12
Cited: Eric Swanson, professor of economics

'Rings of Power' series reveals another underdiscussed aspect of representation

NBC News, Oct. 14
Cited: Tiara Na’puti, assistant professor, global and international studies


UCI global and international studies assistant professors Yatta Kiazolu and Fantasia Painter have been selected for support by the Mellon Foundation/UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program UC-HSI Humanities Initiative for the 2022-23 academic year.

UCI global and international studies assistant professors Yatta Kiazolu and Fantasia Painter have been selected for support by the Mellon Foundation/UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program UC-HSI Humanities Initiative for the 2022-23 academic year. Established in July 2021, the initiative assists young scholars whose research, teaching and service contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC. The initiative offers early career faculty startup funding, mentorship and career training.

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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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