May 19, 2023
UCI Digest
Pink trumpet trees bloom next to the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)
Pink trumpet trees bloom next to the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Professor recognized for scholarship and AAPI mentoring

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, professor of history and Asian American studies
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, a professor of history and Asian American studies, has already been named by Orange Coast magazine as one of 2023’s most “kickass women of Orange County.” Now, two more accolades have been added to her resume: a historic scholarly award for her biography of Patsy Mink, the first woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and the first Asian American woman to serve in Congress, and an excellence in mentoring award for her ongoing mentorship of Asian American Pacific Islander students.

Anti-inflammatory recipes that please the palate

Anti-inflammatory recipes that please the palate
Chronic body inflammation can trigger a variety of health problems, including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, fatty liver disease and many cancers. The Mediterranean diet is recognized as one of the best anti-inflammatory diets because it centers on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, nuts, legumes and healthy oils. Jessica VanRoo, executive chef of the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, has assembled some easy recipes that offer relief from inflammatory conditions while also tickling your taste buds.

UCI announces updated vaccine policy

On Tuesday, the University of California announced revisions to its COVID-19 vaccine policy in light of changes to state and federal public health guidance and the end of the federal Public Health Emergency on May 11.

Effective immediately:

  • The University will require students and employees to either receive or affirmatively decline a COVID-19 vaccination each year.

  • Students and employees will no longer be required to submit documentation of a COVID-19 primary series or submit and receive an approved medical or religious exception, or claim a disability deferral to be present on campus.

The Policy on Vaccination Programs — With Updated Interim Amendments will be revised to reflect these changes. See the UCI Forward vaccination page for additional information.


UC commits to hiring students regardless of immigration status

On Thursday, UC Regents unanimously agreed to seek a pathway to hire students who lack legal status and work permits. The move would impact thousands of young people who were brought to the U.S. without paperwork and have since lived without legal access to research positions and career opportunities. In a statement, UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D., and Board of Regents Chair Richard Leib said the UC system is “committed to ensuring that all students, regardless of their immigration status, can pursue and attain a world-class UC education. This should include providing enriching student employment opportunities to all students.”


“Before I Graduate” Wall — Chalk It Out
Monday, 11 a.m. (sponsored by Student Center & Event Services)

My Story Doesn’t End: Cultural Performances by/for Queer and Trans Migrants, Aslylees, Refugees, and the Displaced
Monday, 7 p.m. (sponsored by Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative)

Visit to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


UCI scholars named ‘Women of the Year’

Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio, assistant vice chancellor for educational partnerships (left), and Bernadette Boden-Albala (right), director of the Program in Public Health and founding dean of the future School of Population and Public Health
Two UCI scholars – Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio, assistant vice chancellor for educational partnerships (left), and Bernadette Boden-Albala (right), director of the Program in Public Health and founding dean of the future School of Population and Public Health – were honored by Rep. Lou Correa as 2023 Women of the Year.
#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.


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.
The Washington Post logo

Climate change destroys habitats. Relocation of the animals is tricky.

The Washington Post, May 19
Cited: Alejandro Camacho, faculty director for Center for Land, Environment and Natural Resources

KNX News logo

Is Senator Dianne Feinstein too sick to serve?

KNX, May 18
Guest: Louis DeSipio, professor of political science

CNN logo

What happens when $2 trillion is sucked out of the global economy? It may not be pretty

CNN, May 19
Cited: Gary Richardson, professor of economics


Upload your vaccine and booster records

Employee Upload button
Student Upload button

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 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.

UCI on Twitter
UCI on Facebook
UCI on YouTube
UCI on Instagram
© 2023 UC Regents

Office of Strategic Communications & Public Affairs
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697