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Jan. 10, 2023

Water cascades down the Schonfeld Memorial Fountain in Social Science Plaza.
Water cascades down the Schonfeld Memorial Fountain in Social Science Plaza. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


UCI Minute: Should children receive the COVID-19 bivalent booster?

UCI Minute: Should children receive the COVID-19 bivalent booster?

Dr. Coleen Cunningham, professor and chair of pediatrics at UCI Health and pediatrician in chief at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, answers questions about children and the COVID-19 bivalent booster.

Storm safety

As winter storms continue over the following days and weeks, please be aware of potential impacts to the UCI campus. These storms may bring heavy rain, wind, flooding and other hazards to our region. Currently, the campus is maintaining normal operations. If there is any change to campus operations or access, emails and/or zotALERTs may be issued. 

New executive leadership program to develop chief medical officers

The Paul Merage School of Business is launching the Chief Medical Officer Program to equip senior physician leaders with the skills and tools required to step into a C-suite role that encompasses clinical operations and business management. Enrollment is open for a March 2023 start.

Infant language acquisition

Language science assistant professor Connor Mayer received a grant to study infant language acquisition. “This project is about determining when English- and Spanish-learning infants become sensitive to the sequencing of consonants and vowels in their native language,” says Mayer. “For example, English words can begin with ‘st’ – as in ‘state’ or ‘stamp’ – while Spanish words cannot.”


Green comet will appear for first time in 50,000 years

A recently discovered comet will soon appear for the first time in 50,000 years. Discovered last March by astronomers using the Zwicky Transient Facility’s wide-field survey camera at the Palomar Observatory, the comet will make its closest approach to the sun this Thursday, according to NASA. 

Calls pour into 6-month-old 988 mental health hotline

The 988 mental health helpline has quickly expanded its reach in the six months since it launched — with over 2 million calls, texts and chat messages. The number of centers answering calls in Spanish grew from three to seven last year. A pilot line dedicated to LGBTQ youth started taking calls in September. And plans are underway to keep the momentum going, with the federal government adding Spanish language chat and text options later this year and aiming to expand to a 24/7 operation for the LGBTQ line.


CBDC: A bridge to inclusion or a deeper digital divide?
Thursday, 7 a.m. (sponsored by School of Social Sciences)

Living Simply: Simplify Your Life
Thursday, noon (sponsored by HR Wellness)

Computational Poetics: Language and Technology
Thursday, 2 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

Movie screening and panel discussion: “The Feminist on Cellblock Y”
Thursday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Underground Scholars Program)

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.


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David Feldman, director of UCI’s water institute, cited in The Washington Post

Can California’s massive rain solve its historic drought?

The Washington Post, Jan. 9
Cited: David Feldman, director of UCI’s water institute and professor of urban planning & public policy

Gloria Mark, Chancellor’s Professor of informatics, cited in The New York Times

How to Focus Like It’s 1990

The New York Times, Jan. 9
Cited: Gloria Mark, Chancellor’s Professor of informatics

UCI researchers cited in Capital & Main

Floods’ Worst Ravages Will Be Visited Upon California’s Poorest

Capital & Main, Jan. 6
Cited: UCI researchers


Senior psychology and sociology major Kayla Atkinson

UCI Pathfinder

Senior psychology and sociology major Kayla Atkinson is getting a taste of what it might be like to work as a mental health professional by working for the Pathfinder Peer Educator Program through UCI’s Student Outreach and Retention Center. “I want to break barriers and transcend spaces where Black people aren’t usually represented, so that others can follow,” she says.

#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.


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Potential workplace exposure

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