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Orange County Business Journal, May 20, 2020
New UCI Biz School Dean Brings International Experience
University of California-Irvine named Ian Williamson dean of its Paul Merage School of Business, effective Jan. 1. “Professor Williamson brings the depth and breadth of experience across disciplines, industries and continents [needed in] a global economy,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman in a statement. Williamson is pro vice-chancellor and business school dean at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, May 20, 2020
All 50 States Are Now Reopening. But at What Cost?
“You have 50 different governors doing 50 different things,” said Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine. “There will be states that open too soon or states that are too conservative. It is hard to thread the needle.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2020
Hospitals Brace for Mental-Health Crisis Among Doctors and Nurses
Given the likelihood that communities across the U.S. will continue to see spikes in cases, the need for mental-health care is even more urgent, says Alison Holman, an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine, specializing in trauma research. Ms. Holman’s research has found that “anticipatory anxiety” can be profoundly difficult for people to deal with—and can make trauma worse once a difficult event does occur. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

ABC7, May 21, 2020 (Video)
UCI physicists say Blu-ray diode lasers could be used to help sterilize COVID-19
Physicists at the University of California Irvine said the next weapon against COVID-19 may be sitting in your home inside your Blu-ray Disc player. Chris Barty, a professor of physics and astronomy at UCI, is leading the research. “The Blu-ray diode laser itself, the one that’s in your player, doesn’t kill the virus, doesn’t sterilize the virus. But modifying it with non-linear optics, with something that laser people do, would allow to create light that does kill the virus,” Barty said.

CBS2, May 20, 2020 (Video)
SoCal Sewage Study to Track COVID-19
Dr. Sunny Jiang, professor and chair of civil & environmental engineering discusses UC Irvine studying wastewater as a possible early warning for COVID-19.

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