UCI Forward

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.

Aug. 3 - Mr. Robot, vaccine upload contest extended

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misty morning sunbeams outside Langson library

Misty morning sunbeams outside Langson Library. Photo by Ian Parker.


Reminder: Law school vaccination deadline is today

For UCI Law students, today is the last day to get your final vaccine shot (or single Johnson & Johnson inoculation) and upload your records to comply with UC’s mandatory vaccination policy. Vaccine verification is required to attend classes, live on campus or work on UC property this fall.

Student Record Upload

Vaccine verification contest extended

Speaking of vaccine verification, UCI employees who upload their inoculation records or request an exception or deferral by noon Wednesday (an extension of the previous deadline) will have a shot (pun intended) at winning two passes to the Rams Training Camp VIP hospitality tent and reception on Aug. 9. The winners will be chosen in a random drawing.

Employee Upload Record


UCI’s new engineering dean is a Swedish-born robot expert. Photo by Steve Zylius

Meet Magnus: robot guy and circus dad

Magnus Egerstedt, who developed a tree-dwelling robot called SlothBot and originally hails from Sweden, is the new dean of UCI’s Samueli School of Engineering. In an interview, he discusses robots that dance and farm, his poet wife, soccer and the joys of being a “circus dad” to aerialist twin daughters.

Alumna’s podcast named one of year’s best

“Spectacle: An Unscripted History of Reality TV,” produced by Joanna Clay ’09, Spanish, was called one of best podcasts of 2021 by Esquire magazine: “A must-listen for reality TV fans and haters alike.”


Integrative Insider LIVE: Brain
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute)

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.


Three Game-Changing Innovations for Those With Hearing Loss

AARP, Aug. 2
Cited: Fan-Gang Zeng, professor of otolaryngology

Orange County’s number of fentanyl deaths is skyrocketing each year

The Orange County Register, July 30
Cited: Dr. Bharath Chakravarthy, assistant professor of emergency medicine

Raven Baxter is the New Director of Diversity Initiatives at UC Irvine’s School of Biological Sciences

Orange Coast Magazine, Aug. 2
Cited: Raven Baxter


Two new campus cases

Two on-campus employees tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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.

UCI Forward - information on campus status and operational updates

UCI Health COVID-19 Updates - important information related to UCI Health