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UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.

July 28 - Medical Center among ‘Best Hospitals,’ UC #1 in green electricity

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Early morning by the Physical Sciences Lecture Hall. Photo by Ian Parker


August asymptomatic testing site hours and relocation

Asymptomatic testing is for on-campus students, staff and faculty who do not have symptoms. August hours for the Division of Continuing Education testing site are updated, along with a new testing site opening up at the Student Center on Aug. 16. Please read this message for the testing site updates.


UCI Medical Center among America’s Best Hospitals for 21st straight year

For the 21st consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has recognized UCI Medical Center as one of America’s Best Hospitals. The annual rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients and conditions. This year, the report highlights the excellence of UCI Health programs in gynecology, No. 24; and geriatrics, No. 44, among similar programs nationally. The medical center is ranked No. 8 in the Los Angeles metropolitan region.

Grant will support 30 HBCU students in Summer Institute in Neuroscience

The UCI Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory has been awarded a UC-HBCU Initiative Summer Research and Graduate Admissions Pathways Grant from the UC Office of the President to sponsor a partnership with Delaware State University, one of 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the U.S. The grant will support 30 students from HBCUs to participate in the Summer Institute in Neuroscience, an intensive, paid residential research training and professional development program for undergraduates interested in neuroscience.


UC ranks first among colleges in green power usage

The University of California ranks No. 1 among colleges and universities when it comes to green electricity use, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. UC came out on top in the EPA’s Top 30 colleges and universities ranking, issued Monday. The EPA ranked its green power partners based on the amount of renewable electricity they used in 2020.

CDC urges some vaccinated Americans to wear masks again

Revising a decision made just two months ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that people vaccinated against the coronavirus should resume wearing masks in public indoor spaces in parts of the countrywhere the virus is surging.

California again recommending masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status

One day after the CDC’s announcement, California’s public health agency is recommending that people wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, as protection against the contagious delta variant. 

*Note: Many UCI Digest readers have questions about what the amended CDC and state guidance mean for the UCI campus. Leadership both at UCI and at UCOP continue to discuss the best approach for fall reopening taking into account changing public health guidance. Any changes to campus policy on face coverings or other preventive measures will be shared with the UCI community as soon as there is something to share. As always, individuals are welcome to wear a face covering while on campus if they prefer.


Let's Learn: Summer Book Club - Ryan Foland, Ditch the Act 
Friday at noon (sponsored by the Division of Continuing Education)

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US volleyball star revels as role model for deaf kids

ABC News, July 27 
Cited: Alumnus David Smith ’07

‘OK not to be OK’: Mental health takes top role at Olympics

AP, July 28
Cited: John Speraw, former UCI coach

With COVID-19 on the rise, restaurants tell customers, ‘No vax, no service’

MarketWatch, July 28
Cited: Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor’s professor of law, founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy


“Dear UCI Faculty, It’s almost the end of the quarter you know what that means? Holidays? No. (Well yes but before that.) Marking!. Do you have any marking habits? I’m all about the right playlist. My latest fave is Spotify’s Renaissance Faire playlist. Apparently an alum of my program used to listen to Gregorian chants but I haven’t quite gone that far. I like post-rock and psychedelic rock for writing but marking tends to need something a bit more up-beat. Regardless of your style I hope that marking flies by and you are able to take some time for yourself over the summer. You deserve it. Thanks for your A+ work. A fellow educator (TA).”

The All-truism project (@alltruism_uci on Instagram), which is supported through a Barnes & Noble College Scholarship, aims to create connections through community, compassion and the creative arts. In this series, Anteaters write letters to faculty and staff.

#UCIconnected spotlights student, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions to marketing@uci.edu or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


New campus cases

One on-campus employee and one on-campus student tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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