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June 29 - Recalling the Overman rearrangement, wellness resources

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Fabulous fifty: UCI Health representatives attend Saturday’s Title IX 50th Anniversary 5K Run/Walk at the Richard Nixon Library & Museum in Yorba Linda. President Nixon signed Title IX into law on June 23, 1972. Photo from Twitter/@UCIPubAffairs


Larry Overman, Distinguished Professor of chemistry

Larry Overman, Distinguished Professor of chemistry. Photo by School of Physical Sciences

Accidental discovery helped define UCI Distinguished Professor’s legacy

Larry Overman was in his Rowland Hall lab on a Saturday in 1974 when the accidental discovery happened. The then-new UCI professor — only the 13th hired in the Chemistry Department — recently recalled “the eureka moment” that led to what has become known as “the Overman rearrangement” of molecules.

Looking for a specific wellness resource?

Visit the UCI HR Wellness webpage for an overview of all wellness offerings. Questions about wellness services available to you can be sent to Engagement & Wellness Analyst Kelly Shedd at kshedd@hs.uci.edu. UCI Health members can also visit the UCI Health wellness page.

Flavorful foods to fortify memory and brain health

While the link between an unhealthy diet and an expanding waistline is obvious, the connection between food and brain health is harder to see but just as important, even essential. Chef Jessica Van Roo, assistant director of Culinary Recreation & Experiential Programs, created recipes that are rich in essential ingredients that fortify both brain and body on our path to wellness.


UC Health delivered $4.1 billion in community benefits in FY 20-21

These benefits are detailed in annual reports to provide transparency throughout the UCH system. Among the programs mentioned in this year’s report is the UCI Family Health Center, which used telehealth technology to provide dental care during the pandemic by triaging patients, providing treatment plans and focusing on engaging pregnant women – a group more hesitant to visit dentists during the outbreak – and led to better pregnancy health outcomes combined with good oral health.

‘Things are going to get worse’: COVID-19 positivity in state keeps rising as case rates flatten

California's COVID-19 positivity rate continues to climb, surpassing anything the state has seen this year. The California Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported the statewide positivity rate at 13.2%, up from 11.4% the previous week. The rate has increased tenfold since early April.

FDA advisers recommend updating COVID booster shots for fall

At least some U.S. adults may get updated COVID-19 shots this fall, as government advisers voted Tuesday that it’s time to tweak booster doses to better match the most recent virus variants. The Food and Drug Administration must determine the exact recipe, but expect a combination shot that adds protection against either omicron or newer relatives to the original vaccine.


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Kids’ vaccines are ‘a game changer,’ experts say—here’s what else needs to happen to end the Covid pandemic

CNBC, June 28
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention

Twin TikTok stars Kiran + Nivi share how they work together on music and their social media career

Today, June 28
Cited: Kiran and Nivi Saishankar, UCI graduates in psychology and music, and business economics and music, respectively

Your Path to Riches Could Shape Your Attitude to the Poor

HealthDay, June 28
Cited: Hyunjin Koo, Ph.D. student in psychology and social behavior


Biscuit, brown corgi, wearing bandana the reads My Human got a PhD

Ruff dissertation: Among those who attended Alex Sutherland’s recent Ph.D. defense of his Department of Mathematics research was Biscuit, his new brown corgi, shown here displaying puppy pride. Sutherland became the first Ph.D. graduate of Jesse Wolfson, associate professor of mathematics. Photo by Amanda Arani from Twitter/@UCIPhysSci

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34 new campus cases

On Tuesday, UCI recorded 34 new cases of COVID-19: 26 students and eight employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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