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UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.

Aug. 4 - New COVID test IDs variants; new law dean video

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A street lamp glows in Aldrich Park sometime between 1976 and 1988.

Anteater Time Machine: A street lamp glows in Aldrich Park sometime between 1976 and 1988. Plans are afoot to update the lights, which date to the campus’ beginnings.


UCI team creates COVID test that IDs specific variants

In a study, the researchers’ nasal swab test correctly identified the alpha, gamma, delta, epsilon and omicron strains of the coronavirus. The results were published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the team has applied for a patent.

Video greetings from UCI Law’s new dean

On his first official day as UCI Law’s third dean, Austen Parrish expresses his enthusiasm and extols the school's virtues in this 55-second video.


Why efforts to make universal coronavirus vaccines are struggling

Funding problems, supply shortages, waning urgency and other problems are hampering efforts, including at UCI, to create universal vaccines that will ward off current and future versions of the coronavirus.

How do you know if you’re no longer COVID-contagious?

If you’re infected with COVID-19, when is it safe to end isolation and resume normal activities? Experts offer guidelines in this Q&A article.

The pandemic impulse buys that some now regret

From Pelotons to pets, buyer’s remorse has set in for various pandemic purchases and acquisitions. Some people are sitting around and wondering, “Huh, what was I thinking?” Experts examine the phenomenon.

UC news roundup:


Stop the Bleed training
Saturday, 9 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Health)

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Does Home Ownership Help or Harm One’s Opportunity to Advance Their Career?

NASDAQ TradeTalks, Aug. 1 (video)
Guest: Ed Coulson, professor of economics and director at the Center for Real Estate

Preventing Suicide Using Biomarkers

The Academic Minute, Aug. 4 (podcast)
Guest: Adolfo Sequeira, associate researcher in psychiatry & human behavior

The next extreme floods could be even worse, a new study shows. But there's a way to prevent that

CNN, Aug. 3
Cited: Amir AghaKouchak, professor of civil and environmental engineering


UCI tweets: Congrats to a team of UCI graduate students for taking 1st place in the EPA Environmental Justice Video Challenge for students

@UCIrvine tweets: Congrats to a team of UCI graduate students for taking 1st place in the EPA Environmental Justice Video Challenge for students! Unearthing Lead: The Power of Historical Maps, chronicles lead soil contamination in Santa Ana.
(Read more about the award in today’s 
press release.) 

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19 new campus cases

On Wednesday, UCI recorded nearly 20 new cases of COVID-19: 16 students and three 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.

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UCI Forward - information on campus status and operational updates

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UCI Health COVID-19 FAQs

UCI Coronavirus Response Center - available at covid19@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-9918

Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services - assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads; available at contacttracing@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-2300

Program in Public Health chatline - answers to questions about COVID-19

For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.