UCI Forward

UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.

Nov. 9 - Future Leaders Initiative, protecting kids from RSV

Section 1

Students walk to and from engineering classes.

Students walk to and from engineering classes. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Students from the Future Leaders Initiative.

Future Leaders Initiative invests early in Southern California talent

While touring local high schools, The Paul Merage School of Business Dean Ian Williamson considered what might happen if he could bring the school’s world-class resources and educators to students before college. Hoping to increase the diversity of Orange County’s workforce, he saw an opportunity to not only engage and develop young talent, but to impact employers, startup founders and decision-makers that will soon change the digitally driven landscapes of business and technology. The Future Leaders Initiative encourages high school and community college students from Southern California’s underserved communities to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation while nurturing their curiosity about various careers in technology in business.

Protecting children from RSV

Health experts had predicted an early start to a severe flu season and a rise in COVID-19 cases as new variants emerge. But a recent surge of respiratory syncytial virus — or RSV — now swamping pediatric units and children’s hospitals across the country caught many by surprise. “RSV can require hospitalization in children especially those under 12 months of age, pre-term babies and those whose immune systems are compromised,” says UCI Health pediatrician Dr. Coleen K. Cunningham, chair of the UCI School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief and senior vice president for CHOC. RSV spreads through droplets and respiratory secretions. 

Learning through experience

To study the human experience, UCI students have ventured out to and explored the wider campus and the city of Irvine, as well as cultural sites and landmarks across Orange County, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle and more. For students in the School of Humanities, the world is their classroom – literary journalism, art history, film and media studies, history, and English – engage and teach their students through experiential learning.


Peter Sellars: A Dream Talk
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations)

Men’s basketball vs. LMU
Tuesday, 7 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Athletics)
*UCI faculty, staff and retirees can receive up to four free tickets

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


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.

Amoxicillin Shortage: Some Forms of this Common Antibiotic in Short Supply

Healthline, Nov. 7
Cited: Oladele Ogunseitan, Presidential Chair and professor of population health and disease prevention

What medical students should do to best prep for loan repayment

American Medical Association, Nov. 9
Cited: Yma-Richel Nabong, director of financial aid services

Massive Solar Storms Will Wreak Havoc on the Internet One Day, And We’re Woefully Unprepared

Popular Mechanics, Nov. 3 
Cited: Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi, assistant professor of computer science


UCIrvine tweets: Joshua Contreras is a transfer student from the Bay Area and initially had difficulty adjusting to life on campus. The UCI Transfer Student Center provided him with a network of academic and social support. “My advice to first-gen students is to look around and explore. You never know what friends you might make and the networks of people that lead to you getting involved in clubs, research, internships, and much more!”

#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.


Upload your vaccine and booster records

Student Record Upload

Employee Record Upload

Daily COVID-19 Symptom check

By coming to campus each day, students and employees are attesting they are free of COVID-19 symptoms and are not COVID-19 positive. If you currently have symptoms of COVID-19 or recently tested positive, do not come to campus, or if you currently live on campus stay in your residence, and follow instructions for reporting your case or assessing symptoms on the UCI Forward page. Close contacts to a COVID-19 case are not required to stay home or quarantine, but should follow guidance for close contact instructions for masking and testing on the UCI Forward page.

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

Monkeypox information - Information and resources on monkeypox

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

UCI Coronavirus Response Center – available at covid19@uci.edu or 949-824-9918

Contact Tracing and Vaccine Navigation Services – assistance with vaccines and vaccine uploads or to report a case, available at contacttracing@uci.edu or 949-824-2300

For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.