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Sept. 1 - Hot weather illness signs; what is ‘social ecology’?

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Anteater Time Machine: As a heat wave grips Southern California, we flash back to “Sun Day” at UCI, circa 1970.

Anteater Time Machine: As a heat wave grips Southern California, we flash back to “Sun Day” at UCI, circa 1970. What was Sun Day? A 1978 New University clipping unearthed by the Barclay Theater a few years ago describes “Sun-day” as a “national observance on the potential for solar energy.” Fun side note: The unnamed “comedian” in the New U clip was none other than Robin Williams, shortly before his “Mork & Mindy” sitcom debuted. Alumnus and comic Jon Lovitz shares an amusing story about Williams’ UCI visit.


UCI Podcast: What exactly is social ecology?

In 1970, UCI’s Social Ecology Program became the nation’s first academic unit in that field. In 1992, when the program was elevated to school status, it was another first. But what in tarnation is social ecology? “This is the number one question I get asked as dean,” says Jon Gould, who answers the query in the latest episode of the UCI Podcast (a transcript is also available).

Forbes ranks UCI in top 10 among public universities

UCI was ranked as the nation’s ninth-best public university in the Forbes 2022 America’s Top Colleges List. The Forbes ratings are based on alumni salary, debt, graduation rate, Forbes American Leaders List, return on investment, retention rate and academic success.

Emergency sick leave for COVID ends Sept. 30

UCI’s Emergency Paid Sick Leave program for COVID-19 will end Sept. 30, and there are no plans to extend it. For a complete list of qualifying uses for EPSL and the request form visit: https://www.hr.uci.edu/partnership/workingwell/leaves.php.

In hot weather, watch for these health warning signs

Do you know the difference between heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke? Heat illnesses fall along a continuum and have overlapping signs and symptoms, says Dr. Isabel M. Algaze González, a UCI Health emergency medicine physician. She describes the telltale signs, explains when to call for help and offers prevention advice.


A Q&A on fall booster shots

New anti-omicron booster shots are expected to become available in a few days. Experts answer common questions about the updated vaccines, which will be free.

As third COVID autumn approaches, where do we stand?

Heading into fall, COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and death rates are trending down, but the virus is still killing nearly 500 Americans a day. Experts discuss where things stand and what could happen next.


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.

New study shows no-fee trading may be costing investors $34 billion

CNBC – Squawk Box (video), Sept. 1
Guest: Christopher Schwarz, finance professor

Column: In blow to public health, judge tosses FDA lawsuit targeting a clinic offering unproven stem cell treatments

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 31
Cited: Leigh Turner, public health professor

$94 Billion In New Student Loans Every Year: Why Loan Forgiveness May Not Solve Anything

Forbes (contributor), Sept. 1
Cited: Jeanne Scheper, associate professor and chair, Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies


‘Anteater Idol’? Not quite, but singers are wanted. 2020 performer Randy Styner, pictured at left.

‘Anteater Idol’? Not quite, but singers are wanted

O say can you sing “The Star-Spangled Banner”? For this year’s Staff Service Awards, UCI is looking for a staff employee (or group of employees) to perform the national anthem. And don’t worry about stage fright. Because the ceremony will be virtual, you can pre-record your performance to perfection. To have a shot at stardom, send a sample of your anthem rendition to Kathy Hills by Sept. 23. You can also check out the performances from 2020 (by Randy Styner, pictured at left) and 2021 for inspiration.

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8 new campus cases

On Wednesday, UCI recorded eight new cases of COVID-19: seven students and one employee. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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