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Oct. 7 - Overnight guests, smoking rules, mystery photo

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Actor Peter O’Toole cruises around campus

Anteater Time Machine: Actor Peter O’Toole cruises around campus in February 1984 during filming for the movie “Creator.” Scroll down to see another actor at UCI in the 1980s.


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 answered via UCI Forward:

Can I have family or friends visit or stay overnight?

Yes, if certain rules are followed. Guests must wear a face covering inside student housing. Overnight guests in undergraduate housing are limited to one person at a time for no more than three days within a two-week period. The host must make an agreement with their roommate(s) before inviting guests. Graduate housing residents may have overnight guests in their apartments for no longer than seven consecutive days with approval from their roommate.


Mixed majors

Third-year student Joseph Wong is pursuing an unusual academic combo of music and computer science. The aspiring software engineer is an award-winning violinist who has performed twice at Carnegie Hall.

Reminder: No smoking, vaping or tobacco use anywhere on campus

Under UCI policy, “Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, electronic smoking devices (e.g., E-cigs, vapor cigarette, personal vaporizer, PV or hookah), and the use of nicotine products not regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for cessation or to help people quit tobacco, and marijuana or other plant-based products are prohibited on all UCI-controlled properties. This includes all indoor and outdoor spaces, including parking lots, in which the university has a 100 percent ownership interest or an exclusive lease interest.”

Khargonekar wins prestigious honor

Pramod Khargonekar, UCI Distinguished Professor of electrical engineering and computer science and vice chancellor for research, has won the 2021 IEEE Control Systems Society’s Hendrik W. Bode Lecture Prize, which recognizes distinguished contributions to control systems science and engineering. “The Bode Lecture Prize is one of the most significant, global recognitions of research excellence in the area of control theory. We are extremely proud,” said Magnus Egerstedt, Samueli School’s Stacey Nicholas Dean of Engineering and IEEE fellow.


L.A. to require vaccine proof at indoor businesses

Starting Nov. 4, the city will require most people to show proof of their coronavirus vaccination to eat, drink, or shop in many indoor establishments, including restaurants, bars, stores, gyms, movie theaters, museums, spas and salons.

O.C.’s latest case and vax rates, by ZIP code

Among the statistics in the new roundup: 81% of residents aged 50 to 64 are fully vaccinated. And the daily case rate dropped from 9.7 per 100,000 people last week to 8 per 100,000 this week.

State hopes to ease transfers to UC and Cal State

Community college students should find it easier to transfer to UC and CSU campuses under a bill signed Wednesday by the governor.


Futures of Higher Education Festival
Monday at 7 p.m. through Oct. 15 (sponsored by Division of Undergraduate Education)

Three art exhibits open Saturday

Claire Trevor School of the Arts announced three shows debuting this weekend: The Messiah Triangle at the University Art Gallery, Revolution Everywhere at the Contemporary Arts Center Gallery, and Ian Ingram’s mid-career survey at the Beall Center for Art + Technology.

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.


Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

Crews race to contain California oil spill

The Weather Channel, Oct. 5 (Video)
Kristen Davis, associate professor of civil & environmental engineering

Virtual classrooms protect concerned faculty during COVID, and beyond

University Business, Oct. 5
Cited: Anteater Learning Pavilion

Yes, You’re Fully Vaccinated Even if You Haven’t Had a Booster Shot

Healthline, Oct. 5
Cited: Phil Felgner, director of UCI’s Vaccine Research and Development Center


 Actor Peter Graves at UCI in the 1980s.

Actor Peter Graves at UCI in the 1980s.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it…

...is to help solve the mystery of this archive photo. Shot between 1982 and 1986, it shows actor Peter Graves (best known for the TV series “Mission Impossible” and the movie “Airplane”) in a science lab. We couldn’t find any other information. Perhaps he played a role in “Creator” that didn’t make the final cut?

#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


One new campus case

One student tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

Remember to upload your vaccine record

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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.

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

Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services - assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads; available at contacttracing@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-2300

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.