Dec. 1 - Flashbulb memory; vitamins vs. macular degeneration
UC Time Machine: In contrast with some elite East Coast schools, which didn’t admit women till the late 20th century, the University of California began enrolling female students two years after it was founded. In 1870, the UC Regents unanimously declared, “Young Ladies are admitted into the University on equal terms, in all respects, with young men.” Eight women attended classes during that first year. Above, two students walk in front of UC Berkeley’s North Hall in 1906.
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
3 unusual ways to remember the past
Memory is a mysterious phenomenon. And some people have the ability to remember more than most. Michael Yassa, director of UCI’s Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, explains three of the most intriguing forms of recall in an interview with Discover magazine. One of the most common is flashbulb memory, an extremely detailed and vivid recollection of exactly where you were and what you were doing during a public event, such as when the planes crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11. Alas, such memories can change over time and end up inaccurate, despite their vividness.
How dietary supplements can thwart macular degeneration
Vitamins, antioxidants and several other supplements can help slow or even reverse vision loss caused by age-related macular degeneration, according to UCI Health ophthalmologist Dr. Baruch Kuppermann, director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. Kupperman’s list of recommended supplements (and the foods that contain them) includes zinc, lutein and omega-3 fatty acids.
Monkeypox vaccine eligibility expands at UCI
In accord with revised state health recommendations, UCI is now offering the monkeypox vaccine to students who aren’t necessarily in high-risk groups, which means people requesting vaccination no longer need to attest to specific risk factors. To schedule a monkeypox vaccination at the Student Health Center, visit https://osh.chs.uci.edu, or contact the center at 949-824-5304 with questions.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Happy 50th birthday, ‘Pong’!
Speaking of memories (scroll up), the Atari video game “Pong” – an early ancestor of esports – was released half a century ago this week.
The science of pies
Chemistry, physics and biology are all key ingredients when baking. This one-minute UC Twitter video offers scientific tips – involving spirits, butter and flour – for creating better holiday pies.
UAW strike update
While two tentative contract agreements have been reached, the UAW strike at UCI and other UC campuses continues, as do negotiations, instruction and research. For the latest FAQs and information, visit the provost's continuity webpage.
100 mostly free holiday events in Orange County
Get in the spirit with The Orange County Register’s city-by-city guide to activities.
Sara Evans: Go Tell It on the Mountain
Sunday, 7 p.m. (sponsored by Irvine Barclay Theatre)
UCI Chamber Music Concert
Monday, 8 p.m. (sponsored by Claire Trevor School of the Arts)
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.
UCI IN THE NEWS
Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.
CNN, Dec. 1
Co-author: Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history
MarketPlace (audio), Nov. 30
Cited: Vijay Gurbaxani, Taco Bell endowed professor of information systems and director of the Center for Digital Transformation
Eat This, Not That!, Nov. 30
Cited: UCI MIND
UCI mascot Peter the Anteater celebrates his 57th birthday today, hopefully with an ant-covered cake.
#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.
COVID-19 NOTIFICATION & HEALTH RESOURCES
Upload your vaccine and booster records
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
For questions specific to your personal health situation, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider.