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Dec. 5 - UCI’s 2022 in review

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Orange leaves provide a striking contrast against a black window at Plumwood House. Photo by Ian Parker

Orange leaves provide a striking contrast against a black window at Plumwood House. Photo by Ian Parker


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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.


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.


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.

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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