April 12, 2023
UCI Digest
Trees reflect in a window of the Anteatery.
Trees reflect in a window of the Anteatery. (Photo: Jie Wan)


Study highlights impact of COVID-19 on infant food security

The study found that disruptions to formula supply and income increased the use of deleterious feeding practices. One in three families reported diluting formula with extra water or cereal, preparing smaller bottles or saving leftover mixed bottles for later use, having to travel to multiple stores or finding it too expensive. “Ultimately, our study highlights the need to include infants in assessing national household food insecurity and the importance of addressing these issues through effective government policies and support systems,” said Denise Payán, UCI assistant professor of health, society & behavior.

UCI law students serving others

Students working with the Louisiana Public Defender’s Office near New Orleans in Covington, Louisiana.
Students working with the Louisiana Public Defender’s Office near New Orleans in Covington, Louisiana.
UCI Law students spent part of their spring break volunteering to help others. Earlier this month, 18 students traveled to Louisiana, Mississippi and Montana to provide pro bono legal services at a variety of locations with the help of UCI Law alumni.

Campus COVID reminders

Although there are various COVID guidance updates in the news, please remember four campus executive directives are still in effect: contact tracing, symptom check, testing and training, in addition to the UCOP policies. We all still have a policy-driven responsibility to stop the spread.

Below are additional courtesy reminders: 


SpeechMatters podcast - new episode

Podcast player featuring Speech Matters episode with Dahlia Lithwick
This month’s episode features Slate Senior Editor and Lady Justice author Dahlia Lithwick. Together with host and Center Executive Director Michelle Deutchman, Lithwick talks through recent events at Stanford Law School, cases at the high court and the significance of the expulsion of two Black Tennessee state representatives for exercising their speech rights.

VOICE initiative applications open

The UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement application for the 2023-2024 Valuing Open and Inclusive Conversation and Engagement Initiative is open through April 28. VOICE provides funding for UC students, staff and faculty who are interested in conducting research or coordinating programs that further the center’s mission of exploring the intersection of expression, engagement and democratic learning and considering what can be done to restore trust in the value of free speech on college campuses and within society at large.


Hacking Student Success event is April 13

Sustainability Challenge Kick Off and Team Formation (founders of Barefoot Wines, Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, are featured keynote speakers; registration required)
Tomorrow, 5 p.m. (sponsored by ANTrepreneur Center)

*Editor’s note: the Digest received the incorrect time for this event that ran in yesterday’s issue

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 Esports tweets League of Legends victory in final match against UCSDesports

@UCIEsports tweets: Best in the West. Our League of Legends team claimed victory in the final match against UCSD esports with a 3-2 score! We now head to nationals as number 1 in the West Conference.

*Editor’s note: The national bracket will be revealed on 4/17.  The round of 32 will be 4/22 or 4/23.  The round of 16 will be 4/29 or 4/30.
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Tim Trevan, assistant vice chancellor for student housing, and Associate Vice Chancellor of Auxiliary Services Brice Kikuchi, cited in Daily Pilot

UC Irvine hosts California’s lieutenant governor as it prepares to add student housing

Daily Pilot, April 11
Cited: Tim Trevan, assistant vice chancellor for student housing, and Associate Vice Chancellor of Auxiliary Services Brice Kikuchi

Vijay Gurbaxani, Taco Bell professor of information systems and computer science and director of the Center for Digital Transformation, cited in WGLT

IT outsourcing experts explain the risks and rewards for State Farm

WGLT, April 10
Cited: Vijay Gurbaxani, Taco Bell professor of information systems and computer science and director of the Center for Digital Transformation

Joseph F. C. DiMento, Distinguished Professor of law, cited in WalletHub

2023’s Greenest States

WalletHub, April 12
Cited: Joseph F. C. DiMento, Distinguished Professor of law


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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.

UCI Forward – information on campus status and operational updates

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

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

Employee Experience Center – employee information on COVID benefits

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

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