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Jan. 24, 2023

Painted gourds were mysteriously left on the rail between the Engineering and the Information & Computer Sciences buildings by Aldrich Park
Painted gourds were mysteriously left on the rail between the Engineering and the Information & Computer Sciences buildings by Aldrich Park. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


Audio player featuring UCI Podcast: What's next in education?

UCI Podcast: What’s next in education?

What are the major conversations happening around education right now, and why is research significant in these conversations? How will technology continue to shape the future of education? What is it going to take for teachers to feel supported in their craft? How do today’s students differ from those of past generations? These are some of the questions posed to UCI School of Education Dean Francis Contreras in the latest episode of the UCI Podcast.

UCI announces Faculty Academy for Teaching Excellence

Hal Stern, provost and executive vice chancellor, and Michael Dennin, vice provost for teaching and learning, announced the formation of the UCI Faculty Academy for Teaching Excellence and its inaugural class of fellows. Members of FATE will meet regularly to discuss many aspects of the teaching experience, from pedagogical techniques and course policies to departmental and universitywide issues.

Langson Library air handlers replacement project update

As of today, both the basement and first floor of Langson Library have reopened. The next phase of the library construction project begins Feb. 21 and will impact the second and third floors. For more information on planned library floor closures relating to the air handlers replacement project, visit the library’s website.


FDA proposes annual COVID shot

The Food and Drug Administration has outlined a proposal to encourage Americans to get an annual COVID-19 vaccine similar to the flu shot. The agency is considering having these vaccines be made available each June and tailored to whatever strain is considered most likely to be dominant later that year. The FDA is meeting on Jan. 26 to discuss the strategy.


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.
Sara C. Mednick, professor of cognitive science, cited in The Wall Street Journal

A Happy Memory Can Help You Fall Asleep, if You Know How to Use It

The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 24
Cited: Sara C. Mednick, professor of cognitive science

Bill Maurer, dean of the School of Social Sciences, cited in Marketplace

Banks want in on digital wallets — and the consumer data that comes with them

Marketplace (audio), Jan. 23
Cited: Bill Maurer, dean of the School of Social Sciences

Michael Méndez, assistant professor of environmental planning and policy, cited in Los Angeles Times

Storm flooding compounds misery for California farms and workers

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 21
Cited: Michael Méndez, assistant professor of environmental planning and policy


UC Irvine tweets image of duck in front of fountain

A healthy dose of mid-winter duck nostalgia

@UCIrvine tweets: Missing the sights and sounds of our feathered friends at the Infinity Fountain. We hope to see the ducks back on campus soon! 

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