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.

Oct. 12 - Parking and commuting info, using data to innovate health research

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Reflected light beam from the Humanities Gateway

Reflected light beam from the Humanities Gateway. Photo by Ian Parker


Returning to Campus | Transportation & Distribution Services

This brief video provides an overview of UCI’s parking and transportation services. Learn about the new parking permit system and sustainable transportation options by visiting myCommute. Additionally, visit https://parking.uci.edu/ to view a wide variety of services including passport needs, mail services and document scanning.

UCI inks 5-year data deal for health research innovation

UCI and health IT startup Syntropy have unveiled a five-year partnership to use data to innovate health research, and how hospitals integrate and contextualize data.

After years of service to UCI, retirees and emeriti continue to give back

For UCI retirees, there’s more to post-work life than playing golf and spending time with the grandkids. For many, the campus remains important. Instead of retirement signaling a break from the university, it often just shifts the relationship, according to the latest survey of non-academic University of California retirees.

Car crash survivor climbs back from adversity

On a crisp February day in Breckenridge, Colo., Brandon Gaidano conquered a black diamond on his first ski run of the day. It was a hard-earned triumph. Nine months earlier, he endured multiple surgeries to repair severe pelvic fractures, a ruptured bladder, chest injuries and a broken ankle. After a horrific car crash, the UCI Health trauma team worked tirelessly to restore his life.

UCI-led study finds medicinal plant extract to prevent morphine addiction

Over the past two decades, dramatic increases in opioid overdose mortality have occurred in the United States and other nations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid epidemic has worsened. The documented effects of YHS, the extract of the plant Corydalis yanhusuocould have an immediate, positive impact to curb the opioid epidemic.


UC celebrates second 2021 Nobel Prize winner

UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D., released a statement on UC Berkeley, labor economist and professor of economics David Card, Ph.D., winning the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. UC has a long history of Nobel Prize winners that goes back to 1939, when Ernest O. Lawrence received the prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron. With yesterday’s announcement, 70 UC faculty and staff have been awarded 71 Nobel Prizes.

California coronavirus death tops 70,000 as cases fall

California’s coronavirus death toll reached another milestone — 70,000 people — on Monday as the state emerges from the latest infection surge with the lowest rate of new cases among all states. The latest surge started in summer and was driven by the delta variant that primarily targeted the unvaccinated.


Staff Service Awards
Thursday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Staff Assembly)

Communication Skills for Families
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Fall Festival Keynote and Reception with Dr. Willie Banks, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Thursday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Undergraduate Education)

Going Beyond DEI: Reigniting Radical Traditions in Education
Thursday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Undergraduate Education)

Green Dot Overview
Thursday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by UCI CARE)

International Students’ Needs, Wants and Expectations: What Does the Ideal Future of International Higher Education Need to Look Like?
Thursday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Undergraduate Education)

Thursday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Undergraduate Education)

The Writing Festival: Writing Center Open House and Mini-Workshops
Thursday, all day (sponsored by Division of Undergraduate Education)

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.

You thought the oil spill was bad? In L.A., toxic waste is everywhere

Los Angeles Times, Oct. 12
Cited: Michael Méndez, assistant professor of social ecology

The Nobel in economics goes to three who find experiments in real life.

The New York Times, Oct. 11
Cited: David Neumark, Distinguished Professor of economics

Does Herd Immunity Still Matter?

Verywell Health, Oct. 11
Cited: Shruti Gohil, MD, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention


Welcome to Fall Quarter

In this short video, the School of Social Ecology welcomes students to Fall Quarter.

Alltruism 4

“I knew exactly what to do…but in a much more real sense I had no idea what to do.”  – Michael Scott. It’s okay if you don’t have it all figured out right now. We may have the plans and goals, but like the famous Michael Scott, it is totally normal to be kind of lost. Don’t worry, though! Take your time. Everyone is capable of accomplishing their goals in their own way and in due time. You have got this!! – Sincerely, An encouraging stranger

Alltruism (“all true”) is a new project supported by the Barnes & Noble Scholarship that aims to create connections through community, compassion and the creative arts. The initiative was part of The Alltruism Project, and more letters can be found on Instagram.

#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.


Four new campus cases

Two employees and two students tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. 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.