Dec. 5 - UCI’s 2022 in review
Orange leaves provide a striking contrast against a black window at Plumwood House. Photo by Ian Parker
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
UCI 2022: the year in review
This year, UCI continued to advance its ever-growing legacy of academic and human-centered success. Following a year of renewal in 2021, the university’s commitment to excellence through student and faculty achievement has not gone unnoticed. UCI claimed a spot on three top 10 lists of national public universities and, for the fourth year in a row, remained the top UC choice for in-state, first-generation students. For a deeper look at the past year, check out today’s “Year in Review” page in UCI News.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
California flu infections among worst in US
California’s flu infection rate now ranks as “very high,” the highest of five measurements used by the Centers for Disease Control. Only nine other U.S. states currently share this ranking. L.A. County’s flu positivity rate is now 25%, the highest it’s been in four years. Meanwhile, Orange County has moved to the “medium” COVID-19 infection level, according to the OC Health Care Agency. Because of a surge in respiratory viruses and the onset of the flu season, the HCA reminds all residents that it is critical to get the updated COVID-19 booster as well as a seasonal flu shot as soon as possible.
Federal officials to end monkeypox health emergency
As of Feb. 1, 2023, monkeypox will no longer be considered a public health emergency in the U.S. The move signals that the virus, which led to a spate of cases in the past several months, has come under control and no longer requires an emergency status meant to shore up funding and tools to fight the disease.
UAW strike update
While two tentative contract agreements have been reached, the UAW remains on strike in support of other UAW units still negotiating with UC officials. As negotiations continue, so do instruction and research. On Friday, Dec. 2, campus leadership sent a message to students regarding fall quarter grades and messages to instructors and students on maintaining well-being during this time. The latest FAQs and information are available on the provost's continuity webpage.
Career Workshop: The Power of LinkedIn
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)
Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.
UCI IN THE NEWS
Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.
Law school revolt against U.S. News rankings gains steam
The Washington Post, Dec. 3
Cited: Austen Parrish, dean of the School of Law, and Hal Stern, provost and executive vice chancellor
Opinion: The Next Anti-Abortion Tactic: Attacking the Spread of Information
The New York Times, Dec. 3
Cited: Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of law
How Racism Created the Thin Ideal
WNYC Studios – The Takeaway (Audio), Dec. 5
Cited: Sabrina Strings, associate professor of sociology
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COVID-19 NOTIFICATION & HEALTH RESOURCES
Upload your vaccine and booster records
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-824-9918
Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services – assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads or to report a case, available at email@example.com or 949-824-2300
For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.