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March 22 - Chancellor’s “road to UCI,” Changes to campus COVID executive directives

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The Student Center lit up in support of Ukraine. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

The Student Center lit up in support of Ukraine. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Updates to campus COVID executive directives

Please note there have been several changes to campus executive directives recently. The directives on face coverings, travel, gatherings and invited guests/visitors have been rescinded. The contractor/vendor guidance has been updated to reflect the rescission of the face covering directive (although not required, face coverings remain recommended for anyone on campus). Face coverings are still required to be worn at the Student Health Center, Counseling Center, Anteater Express and UCI Health. Also, the Daily Symptom Check has been changed so that reporting is only required when your response is “yes.”

An infographic providing a snapshot, by the numbers, of what UCI accomplished during COVID over the past two years.

UCI and COVID by the numbers

It’s been two years since Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a statewide shutdown on March 19, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The task of mobilizing UCI – a multibillion-dollar organization equivalent to a midsize city of 50,000 – was massive, requiring quick and decisive leadership and teamwork that continue to this day. Here’s a snapshot, by the numbers, of what the Anteater community accomplished over the past two years.

The ‘Road to UCI’ with Chancellor Howard Gillman

In this KUCI interview, Chancellor Howard Gillman traces his “road to UCI” from playing drums in a band and performing at the Magic Castle to long academic stints at UCLA and USC... to preparing for his leadership roles at UCI.

Young mom-to-be survives rare ovarian cancer

When Tatum Miller signed up for a UCI Health study of expectant moms, she thought participating would be a great way to document her first pregnancy. She never imagined the ultrasound she had at her first appointment would ultimately save her life and that of her baby girl.

Men’s golf in top 5

The UCI men's golf team is in fifth place after two rounds of the UC San Diego Invitational at La Costa Champions Course. The Anteaters finished Monday's action at 2-under 574 (286-288). They are only three strokes behind Utah State and Weber State, which are tied for third.


Orange County COVID hospitalizations, cases trend down

According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, hospitalizations declined from 132 on Saturday to 126 on Sunday, the latest data available, while the number of intensive care unit patients ticked down from 25 to 24. The last time hospitalizations were this low was mid-July, before the delta variant-fueled summer surge. Of those hospitalized, 84% are unvaccinated and 86% percent in intensive care are not inoculated.


Confusing moral judgment with ethical assessment in addressing racial conflict
Thursday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Center for Nursing Philosophy)

Preventing Employee Burnout
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

100% Democracy
Thursday, noon (sponsored by Fair Elections and Free Speech Center)

Doctor of Nursing Practice Program information session
Thursday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by School of Nursing)

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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.

Climate change is ravaging Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, scientists warn. What can be done?

Los Angeles Times, March 19
Cited: James Randerson, Chancellor's Professor of Earth system science

Grassroots groups help rescue Holocaust survivors in Ukraine

AP, March 20
Cited: Svetlana Jitomirskaya, professor of mathematics

New COVID variant is spreading across the US. Here's what you need to know about BA.2

USA Today, March 18
Cited: Daniel Parker, assistant professor of public health


Real life Peter at the zoo - IG post

Student meets “real life Peter” at the San Diego Zoo. “Went to the zoo today and met real-life Peter #zotzotzot (also it’s 2022 why do we not have an anteater emoji yet)”

#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.


No new campus cases

On Monday, UCI recorded no new cases. 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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