July 12, 2023
UCI Digest
Social policy and public service major Matthew Garcia-Ramirez leads a tour group along Ring Road.
Social policy and public service major Matthew Garcia-Ramirez leads a tour group along Ring Road. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Newsletter shares UCI news, events with local residents

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Through community partnerships and outreach, UCI strives to provide life-changing value to its neighbors through its core mission of teaching, research and public service. To further its goal of increasing engagement and strengthening its local connections, UCI is inviting residents to subscribe to its monthly News for Neighbors email to read about top campus news and events that enrich the community. From advanced health and wellness offerings to world-class art and entertainment, Division I athletic matchups and special offers, News for Neighbors provides individuals and families with opportunities to experience UCI through the eyes of their neighbors on campus. Subscribe today to receive special offers and share this sign-up link with local family and friends.

Protect yourself from tick-borne infections

Tick on index finger with golden retriever in the background
Across California, hikers and pet owners venture into wildland areas populated by deer and other animals harboring ticks that may transmit myriad infections. The risk for Lyme disease in most of California is low, but other ticks commonly found in California also spread diseases, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Pacific Coast tick fever, anaplasmosis, babesiosis and tularemia. The best defense against tick-borne illnesses is knowing where these tiny insects hang out, finding them on your body and removing them as soon as possible, says Dr. Robert J. Katzer, a professor of emergency medicine. They usually position themselves at the tip of grasses, rushes or leaves and wait for an unsuspecting host to brush by. UCI Health offers tips on how to spot and remove a tick and discusses treatments.


UC travel webinars

The University of California Central Travel Office is hosting a series of webinars to educate and inform UC travelers on booking with the systemwide program. Register for the one-hour sessions, which feature airline, car rental and hotel information.


Flyer shoes graphics of ferris wheel, tents, barn animals and fair foods with text that reads Meet us at the fair

UCI job recruiting booth at OC Fair this Saturday

The UCI HR Talent Strategy team will be recruiting for over 500 UCI and UCI Health positions this Saturday at the OC Fair. The OC Fair is open from 11 a.m. to midnight at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. The UCI recruiting booth is near the Green Gate entrance in the Family Fairway section. For questions, email Jessica Wiles at jwiles@uci.edu.

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.


Pheather R. Harris to lead national STEM access program

Pheather R. Harris

The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates has announced Pheather R. Harris as president-elect. Harris has worked in postsecondary education for over two decades, publishing numerous articles on access, diversity, equity and inclusion in science, technology, engineering and math. She is the principal investigator on an interdisciplinary $3 million National Science Foundation grant to advance inclusion in STEM by emphasizing faculty impact on student success.

#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.
Los Angeles Times logo

Opinion: Disasters like the Rolling Hills landslide are foreseeable. The warnings are all around us

Los Angeles Times, July 11
Cited: Brett Sanders, professor of civil and environmental engineering

Inside Higher Ed

Data-Based Decisions Tip: Removing Barriers to Completion With Policy Revision

Inside Higher Ed, July 12
Cited: Michael Dennin, vice provost for teaching and learning and dean of undergraduate education

The Wall Street Journal

Need to Quit Procrastinating? Hire a ‘Body Double’

The Wall Street Journal, July 12
Cited: Gloria Mark, professor emeritus of informatics


UCI’s COVID-19 information hub, UCI Forward, has sunsetted. All employee-related information has migrated to the Human Resources Working Well webpage, and student-related information has moved to the Student Health Center webpage. UCI Digest issues are archived on the Strategic Communications website.
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