Jan. 21 - Face covering change explained, outpatient prostate cancer surgery
Today’s buzz: A bee pollinates a red aloe bloom in Aldrich Park. Photo by Steve Zylius / UCI
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
In the latest UCI COVID Minute, John Sterritt, executive director of the Office of Environmental Health & Safety, answers: What does the latest executive directive change about face coverings on campus?
New UCI Health commercial touts benefits of outpatient prostate cancer surgery
Minimally invasive treatment provided by UCI Health caregivers gets patients back on their feet sooner so they can live life to the fullest. See “Outpatient Prostate Cancer Surgery - Get Back to What Matters.”
2 UCI students receive fellowships in 2022 UC Laboratory Fees Research Program competition
Seven UC students have received In-Residence Graduate Fellowships that will allow them to conduct research and get training at a national laboratory. Bound for Los Alamos are Andrew Chio for his project “Integrating Model and Data-Driven Methods in IoT-enabled Resilient Infrastructure” and Cindy Yanez for “Plant Radiocarbon as an Indicator for Urban Decarbonization.” Funding for the fellowships comes from $20 million in multi-institution grants from the UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program for projects that can help California meet its climate goals.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Friday fun fact
Degrees of service: Almost half of UC bachelor degree recipients graduate with social science or life science/health science degrees, more than the system’s Association of American Universities’ public and private peers (29% and 19% respectively).
Booster shots are instrumental in fighting omicron: CDC
Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccine boosters aren’t just preventing infections with the contagious omicron variant — they’re also keeping infected Americans from ending up in the hospital, according to data published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The extra doses are 90 percent effective against hospitalization with the variant, the agency reported.
COVID transmission rates are falling across California, bringing cautious optimism
After weeks of an unprecedented spike in coronavirus cases that challenged hospitals, schools and other institutions, there are growing indications that the surge spawned by omicron is flattening and, in some parts of California, even beginning to wane. But officials warn that hospitals will continue to face significant challenges in the coming days and weeks, and that Californians need to keep their guard up.
UCDC Information Session
Monday, noon (sponsored by Capital Internship Program in Washington, D.C., and Sacramento)
Chef Resource Hour
Monday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by FRESH Basic Needs Hub)
Get Involved in Research
Monday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program)
Free ACT/SAT Test Strategy Workshop
Tuesday, 6 p.m. (sponsored byDivision of Continuing Education)
GRE Strategy Session
Tuesday, 7 p.m. (sponsored by Cognitive Science Association)
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.
UCI IN THE NEWS
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The Atlantic, Jan. 21
Cited: Barbara Sarnecka, associate professor of cognitive science and associate dean, graduate studies and research
Healthline, Jan. 20
Cited: Jose Mayorga, executive director, UCI Health Family Health Centers and assistant clinical professor of family medicine, School of Medicine
Business Insider, Jan. 20
Cited: Erlinda Ulloa, assistant professor of pediatric infectious diseases
COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
103 new campus cases
Twenty-one employees and 82 students were reported having tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
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