UCI News

NBC4 (CNS), June 13, 2020
Dr. Fauci Surprises UC Irvine Biological Science Grads With Virtual Commencement Speech
The virtual commencement ceremony for UC Irvine’s School of Biological Sciences featured a surprise speaker Saturday morning: National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci. … COVID-19 … caused the university to host the first digital ceremony in its 55-year history, handing out 9,907 undergraduate degrees, 886 master’s degrees and 299 doctoral degrees virtually. About 47% of undergraduates in the 2020 class are first-generation college students, the university said. … UC Irvine’s various graduation ceremonies, including commencement for the School of Biological Sciences, can be viewed at commencement.uci.edu.

The Washington Post, June 11, 2020
Can old vaccines from science’s medicine cabinet ward off coronavirus?
Michael J. Buchmeier, a professor in the division of infectious diseases at the University of California at Irvine, said there was a risk that such vaccines could have the opposite of the intended effect, making the immune response too strong. “In its extreme,” Buchmeier said, “this results in the cytokine storm” that can have catastrophic effects on the body. “You’re really kind of gambling with probabilities that you have no control over,” Buchmeier said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KQED, June 12, 2020
Challenges and Risks Abound for School Reopenings
This week, the California Department of Education unveiled a detailed set of guidelines on how school districts should prepare for students returning to classes in the fall. Among the recommendations are requiring teachers to wear face coverings at all times, hand-washing stations and staggering on-site academic instruction to allow for social distancing and reduce class size. … But big challenges remain …. Guests: … Dr. Dan Cooper, professor of pediatrics, UC Irvine.

The Wall Street Journal, June 13, 2020
Police-Reform Protesters Seek Ways to Keep Movement Going
“There’s a difference between being tired of a tactic and being tired of an issue,” said David S. Meyer, professor of sociology at University of California Irvine and author of “The Politics of Protest: Social Movements in America.” “The trick for movements is to always find ways to give people different things to do to keep them engaged.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

Orange County Register, June 14, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: Policing the air out of us: Douglas Haynes
Douglas M. Haynes, UCI vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion writes, “Regardless of their class or status, black people must negotiate a world where such biases animate judgments about them on a daily basis. Even though academic researchers have demonstrated the ways in which much of the modern policing and criminal justice system operates on these biases, they still persist. … Shouldn’t black people have an expectation to inhabit a world without being profiled or harassed? The answer to this question is of course yes, but it begs the question why is it still necessary to ask.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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