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Sept. 16 - COVID-19 vaccination clinics; Constitution Day

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The Student Center’s meditation space awaits mindful practitioners. Photo by Ian Parker


Fall 2022 vaccination clinics available on campus for students, faculty & staff

UCI is pleased to offer vaccination clinics on campus in partnership with Ralphs and Albertsons pharmacies beginning in September and continuing through the fall quarter. The clinics will be held in the lower-level lobby of the Division of Continuing Education (building 8 on the campus map). Parking spaces will be held for vaccine clinic participants in lot 17A and Anteater Parking Structure. The clinics are tentatively scheduled to operate from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the dates shown below. Clinic dates and times are subject to change contingent upon the number of pre-scheduled appointments.

Report positive COVID-19 tests only

Students completing their return to campus COVID-19 testing are required to report positive test results only to Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services by calling 949-824-2300 or email to contacttracing@uci.edu. You do not need to report a negative test result. For the latest information on COVID-19 visit UCI Forward.

UCI learning lab helps create Minecraft server for youthful trauma survivors

By age 18, 5.6 million children will grieve the death of a parent or sibling, including more than 250,000 children in the United States who have lost a parent or primary caregiver because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given that so many American youths spend much of their time online, Courtney Dubin, chief program officer of Experience Camps, a nonprofit that supports grieving children through summer camp programs and other year-round initiatives, wanted to create a safe virtual space for kids who have experienced loss to meet and play online. She reached out to Salen Tekinbaş, a professor of informatics in UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, and their conversation led to a unique collaboration with researchers from UCI’s Connected Learning Lab and UC Berkeley’s Institute of Human Development.

September 17 is Constitution Day

The Constitution of the United States—four pages that created a new government more than 200 years ago—is a covenant that continues to profoundly shape the lives of every American. On Constitution Day, Sept. 17, the United States pauses to commemorate the drafting of its Constitution. All members of the UCI community are invited to make or renew their acquaintance with this extraordinary document, and to reflect on its historical and contemporary significance.


UC president denounces anti-Semitism, bigotry

“I have been deeply disturbed by a recent wave of anti-Semitic incidents at college campuses across California,” UC President Michael V. Drake said in a message issued Wednesday. “The University of California unequivocally rejects all acts of hatred, discrimination and intolerance that demean our differences, sow fear and hostility, and undermine our ability to study, learn and work together.”

Winter flu season could be worse than usual, experts warn

Thanks to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions this year and the concomitant boom in international travel, experts are predicting a worse than usual flu season this year. Those factors appear to help explain a recent spike in flu cases in the southern hemisphere, which is just now emerging from its winter season. However, experts also believe that because most Americans haven’t been exposed to the flu virus since before the pandemic, more of them will be susceptible to it this year. 

Friday fun fact

Why I chose my major: 95 percent of undergraduates cite intellectual curiosity as a top reason to choose a major, followed by preparing for a fulfilling career (91 percent) and preparation for graduate school (69 percent). (Click on the ‘Major Evaluation’ tab to see survey results.)


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.

Pricing of Stock Trades Varies Widely Among Popular Brokers, Study Finds

The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 16
Cited: Christopher Schwarz, professor of finance

What's the right age to get a smartphone?

BBC, Sept. 14
Cited: Candice Odgers, professor of psychological science

Stranger Things

The Physiologist Magazine, Sept. 2022
Cited: James W. Hicks, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology


Family moving in student to campus housing

UCI move in weekend begins today

About 6400 Anteaters will be moving into @UCIHousing communities over the next three days. #UCIPride #UCIWelcome

#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


3 new campus cases

On Thursday, UCI recorded three new cases of COVID-19: two students and one employee. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

Upload your vaccine and booster records

Student Record Upload

Employee Record Upload

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.

For COVID-19 questions

UCI Forward - information on campus status and operational updates

UCI Health COVID-19 Updates - important information related to UCI Health

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.