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Aug. 23 - 7 reasons to get vaxxed; classroom mask Q&A

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A red-shouldered hawk visits the campus. Photo by Matthew Coates

A red-shouldered hawk visits the campus. Photo by Matthew Coates

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Each day, a UCI expert will answer one of your questions about COVID-19, vaccinations, variants or the future of work. Submit questions via email.

Today’s question is fielded by Michael Dennin, vice provost of teaching and learning:

If everyone is required to wear a mask indoors, including faculty in classrooms, how will UCI ensure that students can hear the teachers clearly? 

To ensure that students can hear and understand instructors clearly, we are enhancing our microphone capacity in all classrooms. This is one of the many classroom improvements we’re making to support a high-quality, healthy learning environment.


UCI expert outlines seven reasons to get vaccinated

America is in the first of four virus surges that will hit over the next few months, according to Dr. Susan Huang, who discusses “Seven reasons to get the COVID-19 vaccine now.” Huang is UCI Health’s medical director of epidemiology and infectious prevention.

Korean studies center wins $1.1 million in grants

UCI’s Center for Critical Korean Studies has received two prestigious grants that will fund research, graduate student fellowships, a new faculty position and other programs.


Former astronaut named to UC Board of Regents

Jose Hernandez, an ex-astronaut who now leads an aerospace consulting firm, has been appointed to the UC Board of Regents. If confirmed by the state Senate, he’ll serve a 12-year term.

Pfizer vaccine gets full FDA approval

The Food and Drug Administration granted full approval today to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for ages 16 and up, a move that health officials hope will spur more Americans to get the shots.


Corporate America’s $50 billion promise

The Washington Post, Aug. 23
Cited: Mehrsa Baradaran, professor of law

Study: Pregnant women with COVID-19 are 10 times more likely to die, but few are getting vaccine

Daily Pilot, Aug. 20
Cited: Dr. Jennifer Jolley, associate professor of maternal and fetal medicine, and UCI Health surgeon Dr. Ninh T. Nguyen

High school seniors rethink taking SAT and ACT tests as colleges modify admission processes

The Orange County Register, Aug. 23
Cited: Dale Leaman, executive director of undergraduate admissions


One new campus case over weekend

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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

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

UCI Health COVID-19 FAQs

UCI Coronavirus Response Center - available at covid19@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-9918

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Program in Public Health chatline - answers to questions about COVID-19

For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.