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Jan. 3 - UAW strike ends; COVID bivalent booster compliance

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Welcome back, Anteaters. It’s great to see you! Photo by Ian Parker

Welcome back, Anteaters. It’s great to see you! Photo by Ian Parker


What is UC’s vaccination policy for the COVID-19 bivalent booster and what are my options for complying? UCI’s Public Health Response Director David Souleles answers this question in today’s UCI Minute.

Crash survivor celebrates his ‘staying-alive’ birthday

A Texas college student returned to Orange County to thank the UCI Health burn and trauma teams for saving his life after a fiery accident in December 2021. Calling the trip his "staying-alive birthday celebration," Jackson Gutierrez met with Dr. Victor Joe, chief of the UCI Health Regional Burn Center, and Dr. Jeffry Nahmias, a UCI Health trauma surgeon and surgical intensive care unit director, to express his gratitude for their care.

Live Well’s most popular stories of 2022

Last year, readers of UCI Health’s Live Well blog were especially interested in leading-edge therapies to fight serious illnesses, getting a better night's sleep, achieving optimal health through smarter nutrition, and the latest information on COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, such as mpox, RSV and flu.

School of Business joins Poetic Justice Initiative

The Paul Merage School of Business has joined UCI’s Poetic Justice Initiative. As part of UCI’s Black Thriving Initiative, the Poetic Justice effort strengthens bonds between UCI and community-based organizations to celebrate how Black culture, history and art offer alternative visions of well-being and safety.


UAW strike ends

University of California graduate student workers ended their strike by ratifying three-year contracts. FAQs and updates are available on the provost's continuity webpage. Systemwide information is available on UC’s strike page.


EAP Orientation Webinar for Employees and Dependents
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

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.

This Land Becomes Their Land. New U.S. Citizens Hit a 15-Year High

The New York Times, Jan. 2
Cited: Louis DeSipio, professor of political science

The holidays may feel ‘normal’ again this year—but Covid has changed them in 3 ways you might not expect

CNBC – Make It, Dec. 22
Cited: Jessica Borelli, associate professor of psychological science

Elon Musk Needs a Twitter CEO. Potential Candidates Will Want Boundaries.

Barron’s, Dec. 22
Cited: Travis Howell, assistant professor of strategy


The California Department of Public Health offers the following tips to prepare for winter storms that will help keep you and your family safe.

The California Department of Public Health offers the following tips to prepare for winter storms that will help keep you and your family safe.

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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.