March 29 - Grad rankings, ARC reopens
A pink blooming tree casts a shadow on the red wall of the Beall Center for Art + Technology in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts on a sunny spring day. Photo by Steve Zylius
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
UCI Community Safety Survey
Extended through April 29, this anonymous 15-minute survey offers campus constituents an opportunity to voice feedback on policy decisions specific to UCI. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to weigh in.
New OIT website
The Office of Information Technology has rolled out a new website. It has been redesigned from the ground up, with a focus on standardizing and simplifying content to make it easier to find the technology services you need.
Welcome back to the ARC
The Anteater Recreation Center is now open for all programs and activities – and all faculty and staff who purchase an annual membership before June 30 will receive a free spring quarter Fitness Class All Access Pass. The pass gives members access to F45, yoga and more. New ARC annual members will also be able to pay a special rate of $28 a month by payroll deduction. Access to this rate will end June 30. Faculty and staff are also welcome to take advantage of a free two-week trial before purchasing a membership. Contact the ARC customer service team at 949.824.3738 or email@example.com to get started.
UCI’s graduate programs shine in U.S. News & World Report rankings
UCI’s graduate programs in education and chemistry placed in the nation’s top 10 among public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual graduate school rankings. Nine other fields of advanced study were in the top 20 among public universities, marking UCI as one of the leading locations in the country for students to pursue graduate degrees.
How to teach a heterogeneous classroom
In this episode of #DenninInsights, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Michael Dennin challenges the traditional logic of designing courses that “teach to the middle'' and argues that faculty should instead focus on equitable course design that recognizes and leverages individual student strengths.
UCI Experts on: global warming
In this episode of the School of Social Sciences’ Experts On series, Eve Darian-Smith, professor and chair of global and international studies, breaks down the role that political and economic decisions play in our world’s mounting climate crisis.
Besides inventing an innovative material inspired by squid skin, researchers in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering created a method for economically mass-producing the adaptive fabric, making possible a wide range of uses. Illustration by Melissa Sung
UCI engineers develop squid-skin-inspired cup cozy
In the future, you may have a squid to thank for your coffee staying hot on a cold day. Drawing inspiration from cephalopod skin, UCI engineers invented an adaptive composite material that can insulate beverage cups, restaurant to-go bags, parcel boxes and even shipping containers. The innovation is detailed in a paper published Monday in Nature Sustainability.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Be careful about financial adviser solicitations
UC retirees and employees recently have reported unauthorized and misleading financial adviser solicitations. These messages, delivered through emails, invitations and cold calls, often purport to help with retirement planning. Most are intentionally misleading and suggest that UC is endorsing their services.
Live-Online GRE Strategy Workshop
Thursday, 6 p.m. (sponsored by Division of Continuing Education)
Wit: a play-reading in conversation with terminal illness, palliative care and poetry
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)
Final Moments: A research performance about COVID-19 by Daphne Lei
Thursday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)
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
Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.
Opinion: Yale heckling is bad. State censorship? Worse.
The Darien Times (opinion), March 26,
Cited: Chancellor Howard Gillman
Legal Scholars Are Shocked By Ginni Thomas’s “Stop the Steal” Texts
The New Yorker, March 25
Cited: Richard Hasen, Chancellor's Professor of law
How Covid helped China tighten its hold on Hong Kong
The Guardian, March 27
Cited: Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor's Professor of history
COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
7 new campus cases
On Monday, UCI recorded seven new cases of COVID-19: five 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
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