Spring 2020

COVID-19: A Call to Action

As the COVID-19 pandemic began gaining a foothold in the U.S. in mid-March, we realized that we had to temporarily put aside the spring magazine we had originally been working on and set out to document this unprecedented time. All the photographs that appear in this issue were taken from March through May. Please note that safety standards have evolved and continue to do so, so photos reflect appropriate standards at the time taken. The majority were shot by UCI staff photographer Steve Zylius, photojournalists Carlos Puma and Steven Georges, and campus housing photographer Corey Tull. We also want to thank everyone who sent in screen grabs and photos to help us in this endeavor. The end result is a 10-week snapshot of UCI during the unfolding coronavirus crisis as undaunted Anteaters adjusted, stepped up to the challenge and heeded “A Call to Action.”

Magazine Articles

UCI Student Center has been awash in color as part of the global #LightItBlue campaign honoring front-line healthcare professionals and essential workers

Thriving through a new normal

The switch flipped, and what started as a disquieting new reality quickly turned into a more settled way of life. While the majority of UCI undergraduates moved home, those remaining on campus saw the implementation of health and safety guidelines and social distancing. From mandatory temperature checks outside the Student Health Center to near-empty cafeterias […]

Julia Zakashansky, a doctoral student in materials science & engineering, working in a lab.

High-Speed Research, High-Impact Application

While all but essential research shut down, studies connected to COVID-19 ramped up as UCI’s scientific community mobilized in a quest to serve the public good. Researchers harnessed their intellectual resources to investigate how the coronavirus behaves and mutates. They created diagnostic tools to help doctors predict which patients aremore likely to be admitted to […]

Person having their temperature taken.

Commanding the Front Lines

The daunting challenge seemingly happened overnight: Stop what you’re doing, rethink how you’re doing it, and adapt – now. With each day delivering a flurry of new and often confusing information about the COVID-19 pandemic, UCI Health and the campus community mobilized to figure out how to combat this invisible yet deadly enemy. Health and […]