Welcome to the University of California, Irvine, one of the nation’s foremost public research universities and an anchoring institution for Orange County. For over 50 years, generations of UCI students, faculty, staff and alumni have helped our community thrive through collaboration, creativity and innovation. I look forward to keeping you informed and connected to the Anteater family.
As leaders of the region’s only combined academic research university and medical center, we want to assure you that UCI is dedicated to your health and lifelong well-being in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. At UCI Health, we not only practice medicine; we create it. On any given day, UCI provides world-class education, research and healthcare to more than 50,000 people – the population of a midsized city. It is with this expertise that we are addressing the urgent need for medical services while getting ahead of the spread of disease with new research and education dedicated to keeping you, your loved ones and the community healthy for the long term.
As regular readers know, my monthly message normally contains highlights of significant news and events across UCI’s academic, research, and service enterprise. But over the course of this past month UCI – along with the entire world – has had to pivot from business as usual and put in place extraordinary measures to mitigate an extraordinary threat. This message is no exception, and is devoted to one topic: how we are responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
University of California, Irvine was founded to catalyze the community and enhance lives through rigorous academics, cutting-edge research and dedicated public service. Today, we draw on the unyielding spirit of our pioneering faculty, staff and students who arrived on campus with a dream to inspire change and generate new ideas. We believe that true progress is made when different perspectives come together to advance our understanding of the world around us. And we enlighten our communities and point the way to a better future. At UCI, we shine brighter.