Aug. 11 - The doppelganger dean; chatline takes monkeypox questions
Anteater Time Machine: Circa 1975, six students pose in front of an OCTD bus.
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Identical twin – and grunge rock fan – Austen Parrish brings a distinctive backstory to UCI Law. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
The doppelganger dean
He plays Texas Hold ’em, ponders Arctic border disputes and has an identical twin brother whose life bears fascinating parallels to his own. Austen Parrish, a 6-foot-4 Canadian who came to the U.S. as a teenager, is UCI Law’s new dean.
Campus chatline now answers monkeypox questions
UCI’s COVID-19 Chatline has expanded its repertoire to field questions about monkeypox. Sponsored by the Program in Public Health, the service operates weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit https://sites.uci.edu/covid19chatline/ for more information or to ask a question.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
UC admits record number of California freshmen
For fall 2022, UC’s nine undergraduate campuses have accepted a record number of California residents as freshmen, while significantly narrowing entry to out-of-state and international applicants. Latinos were the largest ethnic group accepted, at 37.3%, followed by Asian Americans at 35%, white students at 18.6% and Black students at 5.7%. Despite the new record, it’s increasingly hard for in-state students to get accepted, one columnist writes.
US is on a COVID plateau and future is uncertain
America seems to have hit a pandemic plateau, with more than 40,000 people hospitalized and more than 400 deaths a day consistently over the past month or so. And there are big question marks around what might happen next.
COVID poll: Number of Americans ‘back to normal’ doubles
Despite their awareness of continuing risks from COVID-19, the percentage of Americans who often or always wear masks indoors has plummeted, and the number who say they’ve returned to their “normal, pre-COVID-19 life” has more than doubled over the past six months, a new survey found.
UCI IN THE NEWS
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Long COVID recovery is finally getting the attention it deserves in the US
Popular Science, Aug. 10
Cited: Dr. Shruti Gohil, assistant professor of infectious diseases
California colleges now have centers to help students with basic needs like food and housing
EdSource, Aug. 11
Cited: Christy Molino, rapid rehousing social worker at UCI Basic Needs
New Drug Candidate May Be Effective Against 300 Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Healthline, Aug. 10
Cited: Oladele Ogunseitan, presidential chair and professor, Program in Public Health
A scene from “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” at the New Swan Shakespeare Festival.
Don’t miss it, reviewer raves
With “a happy ending like nothing Hollywood has ever devised,” UCI’s New Swan production of Shakespeare’s “Pericles” combines drama, comedy, adventure and romance into “one of the most satisfying things you’ll ever see on any stage, anywhere,” raves theater critic Eric Marchese, who writes for multiple SoCal newspapers. (FWIW, today’s UCI Digest editor concurs with the review and ranks “Pericles” as the best New Swan show he’s seen, dating back to 2016.)
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COVID-19 NOTIFICATION AND RESOURCES
16 new campus cases
On Wednesday, UCI recorded 16 new cases of COVID-19: nine students and seven employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.
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