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April 18 - Zot n Clothes; Turning Anteaters into plant eaters

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Photo of anteater-shaped cloud over Middle Earth

Cloudy with a chance of Zot: An anteater-shaped cloud recently hung over the Middle Earth housing community. Photo by @shane.ob_ posted on Instagram/@ucirvine


Donations accepted for Zot n Clothes pop-up thrift store

As part of Earth Week 2022, the ASUCI Sustainability Project Committee is collecting clothing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through April 25. Donations will then be sold at a pop-up thrift store on May 18. Go here for details on drop-off locations, what will and will not be accepted and the thrift store event.

Anteatery chef Harold Duenas puts the finishing touches on a healthy pasta dish.

Anteatery chef Harold Duenas puts the finishing touches on a healthy pasta dish. Photo by Steve Zylius / UCI

Turning Anteaters into plant eaters

Considering that UCI is among the leading universities for research, innovation and sustainability, it makes sense that on-campus dining adheres to the same mission. Because Aramark constantly researches food trends, the university’s dining hall contractor has innovated in recent years with vegan and vegetarian options that are healthier and more sustainably sourced than their meat-based counterparts.

UCI has skin in the lab-grown meat game

Sometime in the not-too-distant future, when grocery stores and restaurants offer lab-grown or cultivated meat options, we might have UCI biologists, in part, to thank. Ian Smith, a research professor in neurobiology and behavior, is leading a campus effort to develop a platform to establish “immortalized” muscle cell lines that will be made available to cellular agriculture researchers everywhere.


Retiring on July 1? Now’s the time to apply on UCRAYS

All required documentation is due by May 13 if you’re planning to retire on July 1 and would like “no lapse in pay” — a guaranteed continuation of income and medical and dental benefits for eligible, current enrollees as they transition to retirement. 

White House: Americans over 60 should get second booster

The comments on “Fox News Sunday” by Dr. Ashish K. Jha, the new White House COVID-19 response coordinator, came two weeks after the Food and Drug Administration authorized second booster shots for everyone 50 and older. Jha cited "pretty compelling" new data from Israel indicating that a fourth shot significantly reduced infections and deaths among older people there. (Note: The UC does not require a second booster because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only considers it an option for those 50 and older.)


UCI Earth Week 2022

  • Zot n Clothes, Wednesday, 8 a.m. (sponsored by ASUCI Sustainability Project Commission)
  • #MyLastTrash/Starbucks Cup Giveaway, Wednesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Dining)
  • Environmental Stewardship in Healthcare, Wednesday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by School of Nursing)
  • Little Ants Nature School, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Housing)
  • Composting Workshop, Wednesday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Facilities Management and Campus as a Living Lab)

Cup of SOAR
Wednesday, 10 a.m. (sponsored by Student Outreach and Retention)

Wednesday Wellness Walk: Mason Park
Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. (sponsored by Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion)

Celebrate Earth Day with BioSci
Wednesday, 1 p.m. (sponsored by School of Biological Sciences)

Life After UCI - A Tour of the Career Center
Wednesday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by Student Success Initiatives)

Civic and Community Engagement Minor Information Session
Wednesday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by Capital Internship Program in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento)

Global Burning author Eve Darian-Smith
Wednesday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by School of Social Sciences)

Black Brazilian Cinema: “Temporada” and “República”
Wednesday, 4 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

Buddhism and Science
Wednesday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by 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.


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.

A Violent Crisis

The New York Times, April 17
Cited: Charis Kubrin, professor of criminology, law and society

The Best Leaders Have a Contagious Positive Energy

Harvard Business Review, April 18
Cited: Sarah Pressman, professor of psychological science

States Whose Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most

WalletHub, April 15
Cited: Marion Aouad, assistant professor of economics


New University post on The 3 Types of ZotBot Interactions illustration

The 3 Types of Zot Bot Interactions. From Instagram/@newuniversity

#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.


14 new campus cases

From Friday through Sunday, UCI recorded 14 new cases of COVID-19: 12 students and two employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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