Dec. 9 - Mars colonization; UCI inventors
Fall foliage provides a sparkling backdrop for cross-campus commuting. Photo by Steven Zylius/UCI
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
UCI professor David Kisailus holds a model of crystal magnetite. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
Could microbial mining hold the key to moon and Mars colonization?
The biochemical process by which cyanobacteria acquire nutrients from rocks in Chile’s Atacama Desert has inspired UCI engineers to research how Martian microbes might help humans build outer space colonies. Researchers in UCI’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Johns Hopkins University published a study recently in the journal Materials Today Bio, outlining possible mining methods in harsh environments such as those on the moon and Mars.
Payam Heydari and Philip Felgner (left and right) have been named fellows by the National Academy of Inventors for their innovations which have contributed to the wellbeing of public health, the economy and society.
Two UCI researchers named fellows by National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors has named two UCI researchers as fellows for 2022. Philip Felgner, a pioneer in the development of lifesaving mRNA vaccines, and Payam Heydari, a prolific creator of cutting-edge microelectronics technologies, were both recognized for inventions that have made tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Felgner, a professor in residence of physiology & biophysics, directs UCI’s Vaccine Research and Development Center. Heydari, a Chancellor’s Professor of electrical engineering & computer science, is director of UCI’s Nanoscale Communication Integrated Circuits laboratory.
UC vaccine policy update – and deadline
By Jan. 6, all UCI employees must comply with UC’s revised vaccine policy, which still requires an initial COVID-19 vaccination but allows for exceptions on booster shots. Up-to-date vaccine records, exception requests and booster declinations must be submitted by Jan. 6 through the Campus Occupational Health Portal.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
Spiking COVID-19 hospitalizations reaching summer levels
For the first time since July, California hospitals have topped daily totals of 5,000 patients with COVID-19. The alarming rise of hospitalizations comes despite the fact that fewer infections are being reported. Hospitals are also bracing for a further influx of new patients relating to one of the worst flu seasons in five years, as well as the respiratory illness RSV among children.
UAW strike update
As UC-UAW contract negotiations continue for employee units that haven’t yet reached tentative agreements, all UAW units remain on strike at UC campuses. During this time, instruction, research and (this week) final exams remain in operation. FAQs and updates are available on the provost's continuity webpage. Systemwide information is available on UC’s strike page.
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UCI IN THE NEWS
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‘A huge burden’: L.A. hospitals strained by COVID surge, very bad flu season
Los Angeles Times, Dec. 8
Cited: Dr. Coleen Cunningham, chair and professor of pediatrics
If You Feel Certain Aches and Pains, You May Have "Long COVID," Say Physicians
Eat This, Not That, Nov. 26
Cited: Dr. Jaclyn Leong, co-director of UCI Health COVID Recovery Clinic
Georgia Senate Runoff: How Raphael Warnock Secured Democrats A 51st Senate Seat
FiveThirtyEight, Dec. 6, 2022
Cited: Michael Tesler, professor of political science
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COVID-19 NOTIFICATION & HEALTH RESOURCES
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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
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