UCI News

The Washington Post, May 26, 2020
‘Tell me what to do! Please!’: Even experts struggle with coronavirus unknowns
Ilhem Messaoudi, an epidemiologist at the University of California at Irvine, said in an email that, in this age of preprints and social media, many of the nuances of research have been lost in the public discussion. “50 character headlines have prevailed over careful and reserved discussions,” she wrote. “With a global pandemic such as this, the public wants the scientific leaders to speak with certainty, but that is not possible.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Business Journal, May 25, 2020
OC’s Top Universities To Reopen in Stages
It’s likely the University of California, Irvine, which is fast approaching 40,000 enrollees, will offer a hybrid form of instruction that blends virtual and in-person instruction, though an official decision hasn’t been reached. … On the fundraising side, [Chancellor Howard] Gillman said “donors who are able have signaled their desire to be a part of the solution-building during the pandemic, and are responding with their support.” … The university … announced several large donations over the last few weeks, including a $2.5 million gift from the Tu Foundation … and $1.5 million gift to support quantum science research from Roy Eddleman. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

ABC7, May 21, 2020 (Video)
Herd immunity: How it works, how long it might take to protect us from coronavirus
Herd immunity: UC Irvine professor Andrew Noymer explains how it could contribute to slowing spread of coronavirus.

City Lab, May 26, 2020
What Our Post-Pandemic Behavior Might Look Like
Research by psychology professor Roxane Cohen Silver at the University of California, Irvine, has looked at how societies reacted to traumatic situations and found that communities became closer as people sought out the company of their loved ones and their neighbors. … “I do not believe we will ever go back to where we were on January 1, 2020,” Silver said. “But as we get further and further from that time, fewer people may remember how it was before.”

The New York Times, May 21, 2020
‘Expect More’: Climate Change Raises Risk of Dam Failures
“We should expect more of these down the road,” said Amir AghaKouchak, a professor of civil engineering at the University of California, Irvine. “It’s unfortunate but this is what the trend is going to be.” Overall, he and others say, dams in the United States and elsewhere are unprepared for the changes coming in a warming world. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

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