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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.

Nov. 2 - Nobel laureate on KUCI, climate change solutions

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Crawford Hall athletics complex

Crawford Hall athletics complex. Photo by Ian Parker


KUCI interview with 2021 Nobel Laureate UCI alumnus David MacMillan

On Oct. 6, the world changed for ’96 alumnus David MacMillan when it was announced he had won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Listen to this 55-minute interview on KUCI to hear his revealing, funny, inspiring and empowering life story. It is clear that he loved his time as an Anteater and has great affection for our campus.

NSF funds project to explore why underrepresented students leave STEM

The National Science Foundation has awarded almost $3 million over a five-year period to support The Institute for Meaningful Engagement at UCI. This new education project will explore the environmental factors prompting underrepresented students to leave science, technology, engineering and math programs and investigate how faculty can foster better classroom cultures to retain them. A multidisciplinary leadership team will partner with the deans of UCI’s six STEM schools to accomplish this.

Climate change soultions

Part III Solutions: UCI’s Special Report on Climate Change

From finding more effective ways to prevent and fight wildfires to inventing systems that limit carbon dioxide emissions or remove CO2 from the atmosphere, UCI’s innovators are approaching the climate change problem from all directions. In this section in UCI's Special Report on Climate Change, you’ll learn what it takes to tackle a grand challenge head-on.

Vice Chancellor Willie Banks receives NASPA honor

Each year, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Foundation recognizes exceptional members of the student affairs and higher education community through the Pillars of the Profession award, one of the foundation’s highest honors. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Willie Banks is a recipient of the 2022 Pillar of the Profession honor. The 2022 Class of Pillars will be honored during the 2022 NASPA Annual Conference next March.


Improving Health Care Affordability in California: What is and should be considered next year?
Thursday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by Paul Merage School of Business)

Developing Grit - Strategies for Success in Work and Life
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America
Thursday, noon (sponsored by School of Law)

Behind the Magic of Excel
Thursday, noon (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)

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How does a pandemic start winding down? You are looking at it.

The Washington Post, Oct. 31
Cited: Andrew Noymer, epidemiologist and associate professor of public health

Can Specific Foods or Diets Boost Your Testosterone Levels?

The New York Times, Nov. 2
Cited: Faysal Yafi, chief of the division of Men’s Health and Reconstructive Urology

Vaccinating For Flu And Covid-19: What Parents Need To Know

Forbes, Oct. 31 
Cited: David M. Souleles, director of COVID-19 Response


Two new campus cases

One employee and one student tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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