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Aug. 18 - UCI’s monkeypox plan; how talking was ‘invented’

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Anteater Time Machine: Horses take a break on campus property in 1969.

Anteater Time Machine: Horses take a break on campus property in 1969.


Video: Campus strategy for monkeypox

In today’s “UCI Minute” video, David Souleles, director of the Campus Public Health Response Team, outlines UCI’s monkeypox strategy and discusses vaccine eligibility and availability.

How humans ‘invented’ talking

Birds chirp, dogs bark, cats meow. But animal communication pales in comparison to the complexity of human language. Richard Futrell, associate professor of language science, discusses how talking began and evolved – and the possible ways that people communicated before spoken language.

Reminder: Reader survey for UCI Magazine

Reminder: Reader survey for UCI Magazine

Aug. 31 is the last day to give feedback and suggest improvements to UCI’s alumni magazine in a short, online reader survey. You’ll also have the chance to enter an Amazon gift card drawing.


Citing botched COVID response, CDC chief orders overhaul

The shakeup follows an internal review that criticized the agency. “To be frank, we are responsible for some pretty dramatic, pretty public mistakes, from testing to data to communications,” said Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If at first you don’t test positive, try, try again

If you take an at-home COVID-19 antigen test and get a positive result, that’s typically accurate, health officials say. But false negatives are more common. Some people don’t test positive with rapid tests until four or five days after they start to show symptoms, according to one expert. So keep testing, officials advise.

UCI wins tech award

In this year’s UC Tech Awards, UCI’s Future of Work Program placed second in the IT Security category. The program “transformed how the university functions in the hybrid world” and “modernized systems to support cyber security improvements.”


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Does decades-old smallpox vaccination protect against monkeypox?

Medical Xpress, Aug. 17
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention

YouTubers have moved from true-crime storytelling to trying to solve cases. and it's led to a complicated relationship with police

Business Insider, Aug. 16
Cited: Brandon Golob, assistant professor of criminology

Study: Restoring overstocked forests yields benefits

Western Farm Press, Aug. 16
Cited: Benis Egoh, assistant professor of Earth system science


Brett Sanders from UCI’s Flood Lab tweets: “The southwestern U.S. has experienced massive expansion of impervious surfaces over recent decades, and with steep topography and more intense rainfall, dangerously deep and fast moving floods can move through streets.” The post is accompanied by a 20-second video from Las Vegas.

Brett Sanders from UCI’s Flood Lab tweets: “The southwestern U.S. has experienced massive expansion of impervious surfaces over recent decades, and with steep topography and more intense rainfall, dangerously deep and fast moving floods can move through streets.” The post is accompanied by a 20-second video from Las Vegas.

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11 new campus cases

On Wednesday, UCI recorded 11 new cases of COVID-19: nine students and two 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 Coronavirus Response Center - available at covid19@uci.edu or via phone at (949) 824-9918

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