UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, Jan. 13, 2022
OC Colleges Respond to Omicron Variant
As Omicron replaces Delta as the dominant COVID variant, Cal State Fullerton, University of California, Irvine and Chapman University have reported returning to remote instruction for indefinite amounts of time and cancelling on-campus events. … UC Irvine announced Thursday a revision to its face covering policy to align with Cal/OSHA’s latest standards. The new policy requires anyone who is indoors on university-controlled property to wear a face covering that doesn’t let light pass through when held up to a light source. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]


The Atlantic, Jan. 14, 2022
What If We Just Stopped Being So Available?
As more people got mobile devices, responding to messages anytime became the norm among co-workers as well as friends and loved ones. The superpower morphed into an obligation. This is an evolution that Melissa Mazmanian, an informatics professor at UC Irvine refers to as the “spiral of expectations.” … Now, when people feel they haven’t responded sufficiently quickly, they think they owe their correspondent an apology.


Philanthropy News Digest, Jan. 14, 2022
Sue J. Gross Foundation awards $3 million to UCI nursing school
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) has announced a $3 million gift from the Sue J. Gross Foundation to expand its school of nursing. The Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing will allocate $2 million of the gift to help fund a new simulation center and $1 million to establish the Founding Dean Adey Nyamathi Endowment, which will provide scholarships for nursing PhD students.


Daily Pilot, Jan. 12, 2022
New ‘Citric Acid’ quarterly journal gives O.C. some literary tart
Andrew Tonkovich is now readying the launch of “Citric Acid,” a new online literary journal debuting this weekend. Its inauguration is a highly curated assemblage of the county’s contemporary scribes ready to kick off the publication’s mission one quarterly issue at a time. “I’d like it to be a cultural clearinghouse that introduces the best of Orange County,” Tonkovich said. … Before “Citric Acid,” Tonkovich taught English at UC Irvine for nearly a quarter-century. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]


Orange Coast Magazine, Jan. 11, 2022
Strength In Numbers: Meet the Kinjaz
In 2010, UC Irvine alums Mike Song and Anthony Lee founded The Kinjaz, a hip-hop dance crew that has accumulated more than 146 million views on YouTube and appeared on Season 8 of “America’s Best Dance Crew.” With 45 members combining new-style urban dance choreography with Asian cultural influences, The Kinjaz is one of the most prominent dance crews in the industry today, even launching a line of noodles. We spoke to Song and Lee about their growing empire. … Song: “I actually chose to go to UC Irvine because there’s such a heavy dance community, and I knew that KABA Modern, the dance team that I (later) was in, was at the school.”


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