Jan. 17 - Prof teaches from Antarctica, attestation forms out to strike participants
Aldrich Park gets a splash of color from blooms on a winter day. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Strike attestation form sent
On Friday, the Office of Academic Personnel sent an email with a link to an attestation form for academic student employees, postdoctoral scholars, graduate student researchers and academic researchers to document the dates and times they missed work because of strike activity. This attestation form is due Monday, Jan. 23. Be sure to check your spam folder for this email. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Eric Rignot, UCI professor of Earth system science, recently was invited to visit the Belgian research facility Princess Elisabeth Antarctica. During his time there, Rignot, through a video link, conducted the opening session of ESS 21, a lower-division climate science course, for nearly 400 students. Photo by Eric Rignot/UCI
Extreme distance learning
Taking distance learning to a new extreme, UCI glaciologist Eric Rignot taught the Jan. 10 opening session of his climate science course from Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth research station in Antarctica.
Research shows long COVID symptoms can linger for a year or more
“Things like cardiac arrhythmias, problems with memory, concentration — all these types of symptoms not only are problematic medically, but also impede a person’s ability to work and live their daily life,” said Melissa Pinto, a UCI associate professor of nursing who studies long COVID. “Not all symptoms are equally problematic.”
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Enjoying nature may lessen need for some medications, study finds
Going for a walk in a park or along a lake or a tree-lined space may reduce the need for medication for anxiety, asthma, depression, high blood pressure or insomnia, a new study found. Published Jan. 16 in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, the study found visiting nature three to four times a week was associated with 36% lower odds of using blood pressure pills, 33% lower odds of using mental health medications, and 26% lower odds of using asthma medications.
In-person Winter Internship & Career Fair
Wednesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Division of Career Pathways)
Maximize Social Security in Your Retirement Strategy
Thursday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by HR Wellness)
The Silver Women: How Black Women's Labor Made the Panama Canal
Thursday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)
Ada Limón, the 24th Poet Laureate of the United States
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)
How Japan Filled America’s Tea Cups
Friday, noon (*must register by today, sponsored by UCI Humanities Center)
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.
California’s winter storms have been deadlier than any wildfire since 2018
The Washington Post, Jan. 14
Cited: Amir AghaKouchak, professor, civil and environmental engineering
Black rappers call out double standard of using hip-hop lyrics as evidence in rapper Young Thug’s criminal trial
NBC News, Jan. 13
Cited: Charis E. Kubrin, professor, criminology, law & society
China’s Population Falls, Heralding a Demographic Crisis
The New York Times, Jan. 16
Cited: Wang Feng, professor of sociology
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Mo: Hey Smudge! Mommy and Daddy went to UCI!
Smudge: Yes, they used to walk down this dirt path to go to lunch at the Student Center.
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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.