June 30, 2023
UCI Digest
The New Swan Theater in Gateway Plaza serves as a welcoming view into Aldrich Park. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)
The New Swan Theater in Gateway Plaza serves as a welcoming view into Aldrich Park. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


SCOTUS Justice Jackson cites UCI Law professor Mehrsa Baradaran’s book in dissent on affirmative action case

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson cited UCI Law professor Mehrsa Baradaran’s book The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap 15 times in her dissent of the court’s ruling this week to ban affirmative action. Citing Baradaran’s book, Jackson explained the decision to invalidate the Civil Rights Act of 1875 had tangible repercussions, as former slaves struggled to amass wealth due to discriminatory practices. Land ownership restrictions, sharecropping arrangements and laws criminalizing Black individuals perpetuated economic exploitation.

Anai Campos Contreras named 2023 Pew Latin American Fellow

Anai Campos Contreras named 2023 Pew Latin American Fellow
The Pew Charitable Trusts has named Anai Campos Contreras, incoming UCI postdoctoral fellow in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, a 2023 Pew Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences. Campos received a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences in 2022 from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Later this summer, she will join the laboratory of Thomas Martinez, UCI assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences. Her long-term research interests include identifying the cell mechanisms involved in cancer formation and finding new therapeutic targets.
Reminder: In observance of Independence Day, there will be no Digest on Monday and Tuesday. See you next Wednesday.


Reminder: In observance of Independence Day, there will be no Digest on Monday and Tuesday. See you next Wednesday.
@UC Irvine tweeted: UC Irvine receives a 5-star rating in @Money’s Best Colleges in America list! UCI was praised for offering a high-quality education, for its affordability and for its student outcomes. The rating is the highest possible for the survey. #UCIPride
#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 Wall Street Journal logo

Opinion: Americans Are Living Longer and Prospering

The Wall Street Journal, June 27
Cited: Richard B. McKenzie, emeritus professor of business

NeurologyLive logo

Uncovering the Impact of Social Determinants on the Risk of Alzheimer Disease: Michael Yassa, PhD

NeurologyLive, June 29
Cited: Michael Yassa, professor of neurobiology & behavior

WalletHub logo

4th of July Facts & Figures

WalletHub, June 27
Cited: Jun Wu, professor of public health


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

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.

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

Manage your subscription