May 31 - UCI scales back COVID testing for summer; traffic advisory
For many months, we’ve been featuring Ian Parker’s intriguing campus photos. Now, the professor of neurobiology and biophysics has posted the stories behind some of his images, including this shot of UCI’s Social Sciences Tower reflected in a rain puddle.
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Summer shift for COVID-19 testing at UCI
As the quarter winds down, UCI will scale back some of its COVID-19 testing. June 15 will be the final day of testing at the Plaza Verde site. And June 9 will be the last day for saliva tests. But the Student Center test site will remain open this summer for appointments and drop-in PCR (nasal swab) testing. Home antigen test kits will continue to be available for pickup at the Student Center site.
Civil and environmental engineering professor Sunny Jiang. Photo by Julie Kennedy
Shining a light on water cleanliness
As an avid scuba diver and surfer, Sunny Jiang has a longstanding interest in water cleanliness. At UCI, the professor of civil and environmental engineering is developing a portable device that people in poor villages around the world could use to detect pathogens in drinking water. She’s also working on reinventing toilets and wastewater treatment.
Nursing meets philosophy
How does nursing intersect with philosophy? What items in a philosopher’s toolbox would serve a nurse? These and other questions are discussed by Nursing Dean Mark Lazenby and Humanities Dean Tyrus Miller in the latest episode of the UCI Podcast. A transcript is also available.
Traffic and parking advisory
Because of high school and UCI graduation ceremonies on campus this Thursday (and various days over the next two weeks), the west side of campus will experience traffic delays, road closures and limited parking. Traffic directors will be posted to help with traffic flow, but consider taking alternate routes via Michael Drake Drive and East Peltason Drive to reach campus destinations. For event times and more details, see this map of the affected areas.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Can I stop isolating if I’m still testing positive?
Some people test positive for the coronavirus as long as 10 to 14 days after infection. Are they still contagious? Not necessarily, experts say, but interpreting such test results is difficult.
Campus blood drive with pizza gift cards
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Health)
Employee Assistance Program orientation
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)
2022 Undergrad Honors Thesis & Select Undergraduate Exhibitions
Thursday, noon opening, 6 p.m. reception (sponsored by Department of Art)
OC Affordable Housing Impact Study Release
Thursday, 3:30 p.m. (co-sponsored by School of Social Ecology)
“Into the Woods”
Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Drama)
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.
Columbine. Sandy Hook. Parkland. Uvalde. What do we do now?
The Christian Science Monitor, May 27
Cited: David Meyer, professor of sociology
What A CEO’s Choice Of Sport Says About Their Attitude To Risk
Forbes, May 30
Cited: Terry Shevlin, a professor of accounting
Scientists sequence first full genome of a Pompeii victim
KCBS Radio (audio), May 29
Guest: Fabio Macciardi, professor of molecular psychiatry
UCI’s archery club has been competing in various regional, national and international events this spring, including the 2022 USA Archery Collegiate Target Nationals earlier this month. Find out more via the club’s Instagram account.
At the close of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Christine Catipon, a clinical psychologist at the UCI Counseling Center, appeared on PBS’ “NewsHour” to share her “Brief But Spectacular” take on Asian American mental health.
#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.
COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
101 new campus cases over holiday weekend
From Friday through Monday, UCI recorded 101 new cases of COVID-19: 88 students and 13 employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
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