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Feb. 15 - Institute for Precision Health launches, booster clinics open to households

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Work continues at the construction site of the new UCI Medical Center—Irvine. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

Work continues at the construction site of the new UCI Medical Center—Irvine. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Campus COVID-19 booster clinics now open to household members

Please note the following two updates to the campus booster clinics that were originally announced in a Jan. 28 message:

  • The clinics are now open to household members of students, faculty and staff. The same protocols apply for household members, which means appointments should be made via the Albertsons portal, and the individual should bring both their photo ID and health insurance card to the appointment.

  • There are no more Tuesday clinics scheduled. The remaining two clinics are scheduled for this Friday, Feb. 18, and Friday, Feb. 25, only.

  • As a reminder, walk-ins are permitted, but appointments are encouraged; and flu shots are also available at the clinics.

*Reminder: Face coverings still required indoors at UCI

UCI’s executive directive on face coverings will continue to remain in place. This means that universal masking is required in all indoor settings while on UCI property, for all students, staff, faculty and visitors.

Institute for Precision Health launches

The institute will bring a multifaceted, integrated approach to what many call the next great advancement in healthcare. It will combine UCI’s powerhouse health sciences, engineering, machine learning, artificial intelligence, clinical genomics and data science capabilities to deliver the most effective health and wellness strategy for each individual and, in doing so, confront the linked challenges of health equity and the high cost of care.

2022 Gates Cambridge Scholar named - first U.S. recipient from UCI in four years

Catthi Ly, a 2021 graduate who double-majored in human biology and anthropology and received a minor in history and philosophy of science, has been named a 2022 Gates Cambridge Scholar. She is the first U.S. recipient from UCI in four years. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship supports postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge and is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to aid students with demonstrated leadership ability, strong preparation for the selected Cambridge graduate program, and a deep and ambitious commitment to creating positive change. The Gates Cambridge program is one of the most prestigious and competitive scholarships in the world, with only 25 winners selected from the United States each year.


Some student loan debt can be forgiven through federal program

The federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program allows those with public service jobs to have their federal loan balances forgiven after 120 qualifying monthly payments. Many full-time UCI and other University of California employees may be eligible to apply their months of employment toward the PSLF Program. See program changes, planned Department of Education actions to help more people take advantage of the PSLF and application steps.


California Stories of Hope: Advancing Social Justice Through Student Success
Thursday, 9:30 a.m. (sponsored by UCI)

ZotAbility Ally Faculty, Staff & TA Training
Thursday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by Disability Services Center)

Theories of Change - Observing Structural Barriers for URM Students in Science & Medicine
Thursday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Center for Medical Humanities)

How to Become a Student Regent
Thursday, 7 p.m. (sponsored by UC Board of Regents)

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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.

University Of California, Irvine Launches Institute For Precision Health

Forbes, Feb. 15
Cited: Dr. Steve A.N. Goldstein, vice chancellor for health affairs; Leslie Thompson, Donald Bren and Chancellor's Professor of psychiatry & human behavior; and Tom Andriola, vice chancellor of information, technology and data

The West's megadrought is worst in 1,200 years. Los Angeles is taking wastewater recycling to the extreme

CNN, Feb. 14
Cited: David Feldman, professor of urban planning and public policy, and director of Water UCI

Ulysses Jenkins Has Been Using Video Art to Confront Racism for Decades. Now, He’s Stepping Into the Spotlight.

ARTnews, Feb. 14
Cited: Ulysses Jenkins, professor, video, performance art


Eight new cases reported

On Monday, UCI recorded eight new cases of COVID-19: six students and two employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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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.

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