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March 11 - Campus mask rules end March 19; rare UCI Health distinction

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Wheel life: A bicyclist cruises through Aldrich Park on a recent sunny day. Photo by Steve Zylius / UCI

Wheel life: A bicyclist cruises through Aldrich Park on a recent sunny day. Photo by Steve Zylius / UCI


Masks at a glance graphic

Updated COVID-19 protocols and spring quarter return

Effective Saturday, March 19, UCI will adjust COVID-19 protocols as follows:

  • Face coverings will be recommended indoors, but not required, regardless of vaccination status, per state guidance. Therefore, individuals should feel free to continue to wear face coverings if they desire. Face coverings are optional outdoors.

  • Randomly selected asymptomatic testing for those who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will be discontinued.

  • Reporting on the daily symptom checker will only be required when a yes response is indicated on the symptom checker.

In a message to the Anteater community, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Hal Stern describes the reasoning behind these changes and provides additional details regarding the plans for spring quarter.

10 women you should know

This Women’s History Month, UCI School of Humanities scholars in a wide range of fields – Asian American studies, classics, film and media studies and more – honor women whose efforts transformed their communities. These professors shine a light on 10 such women whose contributions range from making history in the U.S. government and fighting against political oppression, to writing the texts, curating the art and directing the films that defined generations.

Policing the rainbow

Improving relations between police and the LGBTQ community is one aim of a first-of-its-kind survey being undertaken by researchers at UCI and the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. “As we engage in a national discussion about policing in the United States, including calls to ‘defund the police,’ it is very important for us to have a better understanding of how members of the LGBTQ community experience and orient to the police,” explains Valerie Jenness, Distinguished Professor of criminology, law and society and the co-principal investigator on the project. “Doing so advances our understanding of the social allocation of things like legal cynicism and views of the police as ‘friend or foe.’ The ultimate goal is to use our findings to inform policy and practice.”

UCI Health first in Orange County to earn National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer distinction

The three-year accreditation from the quality program of the American College of Surgeons makes UCI Health one of only 45 rectal cancer programs in the nation to hold the NAPRC designation. To achieve it, UCI Health was able to demonstrate compliance with the NAPRC standards addressing program management, clinical services and quality improvement for patients.

Pharmacist-involved collaborative model enhances diabetes care, study finds

Patients with Type 2 diabetes taking five or more medications and being treated by an interdisciplinary care team improved their glycemic control, quality of life and self-care capabilities, according to a recent study. “These patients have individual needs that require multifaceted care approaches involving medication management and lifestyle modifications,” says Joyce Yu-Chia Lee, clinical professor of health sciences and co-corresponding author of the study published in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice.


Friday fun fact

LEEDing the way: UC has more than 325 LEED certified projects, over 90 in the past five years.

Scientists, activists and celebrities urge greater vaccine equity on pandemic’s second anniversary

On the second anniversary of the World Health Organization’s declaration of a coronavirus pandemic, a group of more than 130 scientists, world leaders, activists and celebrities has published an open letter calling for an end to vaccine monopolies. “Sadly, despite what some leaders in wealthy countries would like us to believe, the pandemic is not over,” says the letter coordinated by the People’s Vaccine Alliance. “But it is within our grasp to end it and ensure everyone is protected.

Health workers plan for years of COVID-19 vaccine outreach to Black people

Community health workers say that among Black people, gaps remain between willingness to get the shots and the ability of some to find them conveniently. Outreach and public-information campaigns helped close the gap by September, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

‘So three Presidents and a Chancellor walk into a bar, and...’

That’s an actual Facebook post by UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May and, except for the bar part, it’s no joke. For his winter quarter Chancellor’s Colloquium on Feb. 24, May was joined on a campus stage by UC President Michael V. Drake and Presidents Emeriti Janet S. Napolitano and Mark G. Yudof. They discussed their challenges and legacies as well as access to, affordability in and the future of higher education.


Final livestream performances of Dance Visions 2022
Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; available on demand through March 26 (sponsored by Department of Dance)

SOARing Through Finals
Tuesday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by Student Outreach and Retention)

Richard L. Hasen “Cheap Speech” book talk
Tuesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by School of Law and Fair Elections and Free Speech Center)

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.


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Kickass Women of O.C.: 2022 Edition

Orange Coast, March 8
Cited: Brooke Weitzman, UCI law graduate and co-founder of Elder Law and Disability Rights Center

5 Causes of the Great Depression

History, March 10
Cited: Gary Richardson, professor of economics

‘Dysregulated anger’ has us erupting over the smaller things

Daily Pilot, March 9
Cited: Raymond W. Novaco, professor of psychological science


#TBT to UCI Commencement 2014, which was held at Angel Stadium of Anaheim and featured President Barack Obama as keynote speaker. On Thursday, UCI announced that its 2022 campuswide commencement is returning to Angel Stadium! Keynote speaker is TBD. The June 15 ceremony at Angel Stadium is open to all graduating students, but participants must register in advance. #UCIGrad #Classof2022 From Instagram/ucirvine

#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.


Five new campus cases

On Thursday, UCI recorded five new cases of COVID-19: three students and two employees. 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

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.