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Aug. 2 - Face coverings required indoors, research breaks funding record

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Aldrich Hall moonrise from the Student Center.

Aldrich Hall moonrise from the Student Center. Photo by Ian Parker.


Face coverings required indoors at UCI beginning today

Starting today, all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask while indoors at UCI facilities, except when alone in an enclosed space. The reimplementation of universal masking was prompted by a rise in COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious delta variant, and it lines up with updated CDC and California Department of Public Health recommendations. Read the official announcement.

Hosting visitors to campus?

All visitors, including vendors, suppliers, contractors and invited guests, must also follow the updated guidance and wear a face covering while indoors. The visitor (non-affiliate) guidance and the contractor/vendor guidance have been updated. Signs have been posted around campus for casual visitors. Please remember that if you are hosting any guests on campus for meetings, trainings, conferences or other gatherings, you must keep a list of contact information in case it is needed for contact tracing.


UCI breaks research funding record

In fiscal 2020-21, which ended June 30, UCI received the most research funding in campus history: $592 million in grants and contracts. Awards from federal and state agencies, leading foundations and forward-thinking companies increased by 12% over the 2019-20 total of $529 million.

Topping-out ceremony for Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences


Blood drive
Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Anteater Community Resources Center portable building in lot 5. (sponsored by UCI Health)

Zumba class series
Wednesdays, Aug. 4 to Sept. 15, on the Gottschalk Medical Plaza lawn (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Summer Series: Employment Market 2021-2022
Wednesday at noon (sponsored by the Division of Career Pathways)

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.


Just how much hotter and drier is Southern California’s ‘new normal’ weather?

The Orange County Register, July 30
Cited: Tirtha Banerjee, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering

CDC study shows three-fourths of people infected in Massachusetts coronavirus outbreak were vaccinated but few required hospitalization

The Washington Post, July 30
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention

Around Town

Daily Pilot, July 30
Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing announces new dean Mark Lazenby


New campus cases

Three on-campus employees and three on-campus students tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and over the weekend. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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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.

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