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Nov. 21 - UCI’s elite spit camp; high grades for UCI Health

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A leaf floats atop the Maya Lin water table at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

A leaf floats atop the Maya Lin water table at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Photo by Ian Parker


Thanksgiving health safety message & reminders

Give Thanks, Not COVID

In a campus wide message today, David M. Souleles, director of UCI’s Public Health Response Team, recommended that all members of the UCI community take a COVID-19 test before and after the Thanksgiving holiday. While there are no longer any PCR testing sites on campus, antigen tests are available free of charge for students and employees at four on-campus locations:

Souleles also issued a reminder to get your COVID-19 bivalent booster dose as soon as you are eligible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone 5 years and older receive a bivalent booster if it has been at least two months since their last COVID-19 dose, whether that was their final primary series dose or an original monovalent booster. Watch for future communication with instructions on UC Vaccine Policy bivalent COVID-19 booster compliance requirements and deadlines. 

Also, the flu season has begun and all students and employees are reminded that Thursday, Dec. 1 is the deadline for compliance with the flu vaccination program of the UC Vaccine Policy. The policy requires that all employees and students that have a presence at any UCI location receive the flu vaccination or submit a declination. Please visit the appropriate link below to submit your flu attestation or declination. You are not required to provide documentation to confirm you received the flu vaccine or to support your reason for declining the vaccination.

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Clinics on campus for students, faculty, and staff continue throughout fall quarter for both the flu and the COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccines. Dates and times are listed on the UCI Forward website, which will continue to house updates, including the latest guidance and relevant links.

A spit camp participant practices the craft of saliva science.

A spit camp participant practices the craft of saliva science. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

UCI spit camp trains future saliva scientists

UCI’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research is one of the only labs in the world exclusively devoted to studying saliva biospecimens. Also known as “spit camp,” the IISBR lab is poised to play a critical role in studying what scientists view as the diagnostic fluid of the future. Each year, the average person produces enough saliva to fill two bathtubs, and human spit is packed with DNA, enzymes, hormones, immune system markers and other substances that can provide clues to what’s happening in the body. The IISBR lab includes 13 freezers that, combined, can hold nearly 420,000 samples of spit. 

UCI Health handed 17th consecutive ‘A’ grade in hospital safety test

UCI Health received its 17th consecutive 'A' in the fall 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. This national distinction, which recognizes a health system’s commitment to patient safety and achievements in preventing harm, has been awarded to UCI Health each spring and fall since 2014. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization with a 10-year history of assigning letter grades to general hospitals throughout the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. The biannual Hospital Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring.

Claire Trevor’s new dean outlines her vision for UCI arts program

UCI Podcast: Tiffany Lopez on the importance of arts in higher education

Tiffany Lopez joined UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts as dean on July 1, and she has spent the past four months learning about her school and developing a new vision for it. She recently spoke with the UCI Podcast team to discuss her unique background, her vision for the importance of the arts in higher education, the need for diversity, and why it’s necessary to invest into arts and music education for economically disadvantaged students in California’s public schools.

UAW strike update

The UAW strike on UC campuses, including UCI, is ongoing. Negotiations continue, as do instruction and research. The latest FAQs and information are available on the provost's continuity webpage.


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.

Have We Been Measuring Housing Inflation All Wrong?

The Washington Post, Nov. 21
Cited: N. Edward Coulson, professor of real estate

UC Berkeley, Stanford join top law schools’ boycott of U.S. News & World Report rankings

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 17
Cited: Austen Parrish, dean of UCI Law School

Mentally ill prisoners in California are three times likelier to get shuffled around

CalMatters, Nov. 21
Cited: Keramet Reiter, professor of criminology


UCI women's soccer

The 2022 Anteaters finished the year with a record of 11-6-7 (3-2-5 in the Big West). Photo by Derek Blalock

UCI women’s soccer ends NCAA championship run in 3rd round

UC Irvine women's soccer saw their postseason dream come to an end after an NCAA Third Round defeat yesterday against No. 3 Alabama in the Alabama Soccer Stadium. The season 3-1 game-ender marks the second time in program history that the squad has reached the NCAA Third Round. The 2022 Anteaters now join the 2010 squad as the only women’s soccer teams to reach this far in the national competition.

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Daily COVID-19 Symptom check

By coming to campus each day, students and employees are attesting they are free of COVID-19 symptoms and are not COVID-19 positive. If you currently have symptoms of COVID-19 or recently tested positive, do not come to campus, or if you currently live on campus stay in your residence, and follow instructions for reporting your case or assessing symptoms on the UCI Forward page. Close contacts to a COVID-19 case are not required to stay home or quarantine, but should follow guidance for close contact instructions for masking and testing on the UCI Forward page.

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

Monkeypox information - Information and resources on monkeypox

UCI Health COVID-19 Updates – important information related to UCI Health

UCI Coronavirus Response Center – available at covid19@uci.edu or 949-824-9918

Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services – assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads or to report a case, available at contacttracing@uci.edu or 949-824-2300

For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.