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Aug. 29 - New flexible work plan for UCI; top-10 ranking for data science program

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A late-afternoon moon rises behind Engineering Hall. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Upcoming town hall on UCI’s new flexible work program

Chancellor Howard Gillman has announced that an enterprisewide online town hall meeting will take place Sept. 14 to discuss the university’s new flexible workplace program, Work Reimagined. According to Gillman, the new program, which replaces UCI’s Future of Work program, “takes the best of what we have learned and couples it with the guidance and skills necessary to create long-term staff success in a flexible work environment.” To learn more, visit the new web section about the plan. If you have questions regarding Work Reimagined, contact your Human Resources business partner or your unit’s HR professional.

Five students wearing UCI ICS shirts

UCI’s Master of Data Science program ambassadors have something to celebrate.

Fortune gives top-10 ranking to Master of Data Science program

In the fall of 2021, UCI launched its Master of Data Science professional graduate program through the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, to meet the growing demand for data scientists. This year, Fortune launched its first ranking of the top in-person master’s degree programs in data science, rating UCI’s MDS program seventh on its list of 28 schools. UCI is the only UC school, and one of only a few universities from the West Coast, to make the list, which ranked data science programs based on selectivity and demand.

Graphic reads How is Learning Different at a University?

Connect “what to learn” with “how to learn” with the team at LARC.

Tips for adjusting to UCI’s demanding academic environment

UCI’s Learning and Academic Resources Center helps incoming students navigate their transition to a new academic environment. LARC’s blog post this week offers several helpful tips for new students as well as links to a variety of available support systems.


Orange County child infected with monkeypox

Health officials have announced the first case of a child infected with the monkeypox virus in Orange County. Such infections are rare; there are currently only five other children in California infected with the virus. According to OC’s Health Care Agency, there are now 135 total monkeypox cases countywide. Only three have resulted in hospitalization.


Contract Management Career and Program Information Session
Thursday, 11 a.m. (Sponsored by UCI’s Division of Continuing Education)

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Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

Revenge of the Founders: A Generational Struggle on Wall Street

The New York Times, Aug. 29
Cited: Victor Fleischer, professor of law

White House faces legal questions with student loan forgiveness plan

The Hill, Aug. 28
Cited: Dalié Jiménez, professor of law

‘Comedy of Errors’ at New Swan: That ’70s Shakespeare

Newport Beach Independent, Aug. 27
Mentioned: Eli Simon, Chancellor’s Professor of drama


UCI Women’s Soccer tweets: For the first time since 2011 @uciwsoc received votes in the weekly @UnitedCoaches poll!

UCI Women’s Soccer tweets: For the first time since 2011 @uciwsoc received votes in the weekly @UnitedCoaches poll!

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12 new campus cases

On Friday and over the weekend, UCI recorded 12 new cases of COVID-19: seven students and five employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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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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