Aug. 14, 2023
UCI Digest
Blooming canna lilies catch midday light near McGaugh Hall.
Blooming canna lilies catch midday light near McGaugh Hall. (Photo: Steve Zylius/UCI)


Recognizing national immunization month

flu clinic
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, which highlights the importance of vaccines and reminds people of all ages to catch up on routine vaccinations. With that in mind, UCI’s School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences has assembled an update on the school’s immunization efforts on campus and beyond. It also notes the growing role of pharmacists as vaccination providers.

UCI Health resumes annual picnic for burn survivors

Caregivers from the UCI Health burn program with a young patient at the annual burn survivors picnic at UCI Medical Center.
More than 100 burn survivors and their families attended the UCI Health Regional Burn Center’s annual summer picnic Thursday, which featured games and a bounce slide, back-to-school items and food provided by UCI Health Culinary Services. This was the first survivors’ picnic at UCI Medical Center since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The Regional Burn Center is the largest burn treatment program in Orange County. It handles many of the county’s most serious injuries in the region’s only level 1 trauma center, burn intensive care unit and outpatient center.


UC’s inaugural labor organizing fellowship underway

An article in the L.A. Times puts a spotlight on the University of California’s inaugural Labor Summer. The immersive paid fellowship is training 134 students in the tactics of union organizing during a summer which happens to feature major labor unrest, with hotel workers, screenwriters and actors all on strike and Los Angeles city workers staging a one-day walkout last week.


Maternity patient weds at UCI hospital

wedding cake
After a patient got married in UCI Medical Center’s labor and delivery unit, she and her betrothed expected to order in food to celebrate. But hospital officials had other plans for the newlyweds. On two days’ notice, their food service team had secretly put together a small reception for the couple, complete with charcuterie board, petite filet, lobster mashed potatoes and a two-flavored wedding cake. “It was fun,” says Kelvin Crisostomo, senior executive chef at UCI Health. “Who gets married in the hospital? So, we wanted to do something that's not typical hospital food.”


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.
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This Was Supposed to be the Antidote for TikTok Brain. It’s Just as Bad.

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

Scientific American

Why Are COVID Rates Increasing in the Summer?

Scientific American, Aug. 14
Cited: Dr. Susan Huang, Chancellor’s Professor of infectious diseases

Living with air pollution, especially from wildfires or agriculture, raises risk of dementia, US study finds

CNN, Aug. 14
Cited: Masashi Kitazawa, associate professor of environmental and occupational health

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