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.

March 8 - Women and allies in tech, Women’s basketball quarterfinals tomorrow

Section 1

Students, staff and faculty attend the EmpowerHER Summit in the Student Center last Friday, which was hosted by Womxn’s Center for Success. Steve Zylius/UCI

Students, staff and faculty attend the EmpowerHER Summit in the Student Center last Friday, which was hosted by Womxn’s Center for Success. Steve Zylius/UCI


Women basketball number two at Big West tournament

The UCI women's basketball team has earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming 2022 Hercules Tires Big West Championships Presented by the Hawaiian Islands. This is the second year in a row the 'Eaters enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed, which is tied for the highest in program history. They are set to begin their postseason journey in Wednesday's quarterfinal, where they will face the winner of a first-round match-up between No. 7 Cal State Fullerton and No. 10 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at The Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, Nevada.

Applause for women and allies in tech across UCI

In honor of today [March 8] being International Women’s Day and March being Women’s History Month, Women in Tech @ UCI unveils its 2022 Applause Program recipients who embody WiT’s “Advance. Inspire. Empower. Act.” motto in the workplace.

LEAP Program for women in technology

UCI and UCI Health’s IT and Data leaders have teamed up to sponsor a new certificate program for women in technology, which kicked off its inaugural class last month. LEAP, the first of its kind at UCI, stands for Leadership, Equality, Allies & Presence, and is designed for those in informational technology and STEM roles seeking to advance their career through leadership, influence, communication and confidence. The program was developed in partnership with Women in Technology at UCI and UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business, who is hosting the sessions.

Caring for Anteaters

On college campuses across the nation, students are grappling with a mental health crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. UCI’s Marcelle Hayashida spends much of her time immersed in promoting mental health and wellness on campus. As associate vice chancellor for wellness, health & counseling services, she oversees eight offices, including the Student Health Center, the Counseling Center, UCI CARE and the Disability Services Center.

Researchers develop hybrid human-machine framework for building smarter AI

From chatbots that answer tax questions to algorithms that drive autonomous vehicles and dish out medical diagnoses, artificial intelligence undergirds many aspects of daily life. Creating smarter, more accurate systems requires a hybrid human-machine approach, according to researchers at UCI. In a study published this month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they present a new mathematical model that can improve performance by combining human and algorithmic predictions and confidence scores.


Building Equity into the Medical School Curriculum (UC PRIME)

To address healthcare accessibility, the medical schools of University of California Health introduced a training curriculum known as Programs in Medical Education (UC PRIME). Medical school students who enter UC PRIME programs receive specialized coursework, structured clinical experiences, advanced independent study and mentoring. By equipping medical students with more training about the unique health needs of underserved populations, these future physicians are better able to meet the health needs of the future.

How the COVID-19 test was won

This month, Abbott Laboratories expects to make 100 million BinaxNow test kits, and in just the past five weeks the Illinois medical device and baby formula manufacturer added about 1,300 employees to help make that happen. How BinaxNow became one of the standout products of the pandemic — along with masks from 3M and vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna — comes down to a mix of research and manufacturing horsepower, industry connections and some good fortune.


Diversity in Tech Symposium
Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by UC EDGE in Tech Initiative)

Starbucks Cup Giveaway & Recycled Coffee Grounds
Thursday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by Sustainability Resource Center)

Livestock Methane Emissions: An Opportunity to Slow Global Warming?
Thursday, noon (sponsored by Solutions that Scale)

Relaxation “Micro-Moments” and Winding Down Techniques
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Dance Visions 2022
Thursday, 8 p.m.; live stream performances continue through March 12, available on demand through March 26 (sponsored by Department of Dance)

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.

Watching War Unfold on Social Media Affects Your Mental Health

TIME, March 8
Cited: Roxane Cohen Silver, Distinguished Professor of psychological science

Signs And Symptoms Of Dyslexia In Adults

Forbes, March 8, 2022
Cited: Young-Suk Kim, professor and senior associate dean

The influence of 'the pink tax' is about more than just higher prices. Here's how it works and how it affects women's finances.

Business Insider, March 8
Cited: Tonya Williams Bradford, associate professor of marketing


Sarah Koo, our cello lecturer in the Department of Music, performed a “Prayer for Ukraine” by Mykola Lysenko, considered the father of modern Ukrainian classical music, with her students from UCI Music, the Colburn School in Los Angeles, and others.

#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.


Nine new campus cases

On Monday, UCI recorded nine new cases of COVID-19: eight students and one employee. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

Upload your vaccine and booster records

Student Record Upload

Employee Record Upload

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.