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Jan. 14 - Increasing diversity in clinical trials, inflation explained

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This reflection is brought to you by the Maya Lin fountain. Photo by Steve Zylius / UCI

This reflection is brought to you by the Maya Lin fountain. Photo by Steve Zylius / UCI


Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Because of the holiday, UCI Digest will not be published on Monday.

Founding dean of public health program presents strategies for increasing diversity of clinical trials

In a paper published in cell.com/Neuron, Bernadette Boden-Albala, founding dean and director of UCI’s Program in Public Health, highlights three key areas for increasing the participation of women and racial/ethnic minorities in clinical trials. “Improving diversity and inclusion in research is, at its core, a matter of social justice,” Boden-Albala says.

UCI experts discuss the current state of the U.S. economy and forecast what’s ahead

On Wednesday, the consumer price index – a measurement of changes in the cost of goods and services published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – revealed a jump of 7% in December compared to a year earlier. That’s the largest one-year increase since June 1982. Christopher Schwarz, associate professor of finance, and Eric Swanson, professor of economics, share their expertise on inflation and explain why this is happening and what can curb the rise in consumer prices.

Claire Trevor School of the Arts announces cancellations

The following events have been canceled:

  • Listen to the Motion Festival, Jan. 15

  • UCI Jazz Orchestra - Winter 2022, Feb. 23

  • UCI Wind Ensemble - Winter 2022, March 7

For the status of other scheduled events, check the school’s event page.


Friday fun fact

UC students (including Cal grant and Pell grant recipients, first-generation and veterans), UC alumni, UC employees and UC retirees reside in every state assembly and senate district, along with every congressional district.

State’s new workplace COVID-19 rules take effect

California's COVID-19 workplace rules change starting today, with more stringent requirements taking effect for employee testing and mask-wearing. Several of the changes increase protections for vaccinated workers.

The show goes on at Segerstrom Center - with precautions

In the beforetimes, attending a musical at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa wouldn’t have been a risk to one’s health. Now, the theater is going through a number of protocols to protect attendees from COVID-19. UCI Staff Assembly's Staff Appreciation Committee offers discounted tickets to this season’s productions. (Use promo code 47308.)

Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine-or-test mandate for large private companies

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration's vaccine-or-test rule Thursday, declaring that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration had exceeded its authority. But at the same time, the court upheld a regulation that mandates vaccines for almost all employees at hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare providers that receive federal funds.

Omicron is forcing us to rethink mild COVID

By infecting so many people so quickly, omicron is also speeding us toward an endemic future where everyone left has some immunity, so the coronavirus is eventually less deadly. But in the short term, the variant as an accelerant is dangerous.

12 signs you have a fake N95, KN95 or KF94 mask

The highly contagious omicron variant has sent us on a mad dash for more-protective masks, such as N95s, KN95s and KF94s. And along with that comes the nagging concern over being duped by counterfeiters. Still, a little common sense and know-how can go a long way.


Stand Out in Your Internship Search
Tuesday, noon (sponsored by Division of Career Pathways)

Prepare for the Virtual Internship and Career Fair
Tuesday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Career Pathways)

Accomplishing My Dreams - Umoja Workshop
Tuesday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by Student Success Initiatives)

Writing a Resume for Your Internship Search
Tuesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Career Pathways)

Student Intern Panel - Learn from Your Peers about Internships
Tuesday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Career Pathways)

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.

What If We Stopped Being So Available?

The Atlantic, Jan. 14
Cited: Melissa Mazmanian, Chancellor’s Fellow, professor of informatics and organization & management and chair of the Department of Informatics

New ‘Citric Acid’ quarterly journal gives O.C. some literary tart

Daily Pilot, Jan. 12
Cited: Andrew Tonkovich, retired English lecturer

Strength In Numbers: Meet the Kinjaz

Orange Coast Magazine, Jan. 11
Cited: Mike Song and Anthony Lee, UCI alums


160 new campus cases

UCI logged positive COVID-19 tests for 22 employees and 138 students on Thursday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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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

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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.