UCI News

ABC7, Sept. 25, 2020 (Video)
For UCI students who will be living on campus this fall, move-in week looks very different amid pandemic
At the college level, classes at UC Irvine will be remote, but about 7,000 students in need of housing will live on campus and move-in week looks very different this fall. “They’ll make sure you got your test done and then they’ll say okay Jessica go here you’re on the third floor your mom and dad can help you you’ve got half an hour,” said Albert Chang, medical director of UCI’s student health center. Only after testing for COVID-19 at the school’s Bren Events Center.

Sierra Magazine, Sept. 27, 2020
The Top 20 Coolest Schools 2020

1. University of California, Irvine. The eminently cool Anteaters have done what no other school has—rank among Sierra‘s top 10 most sustainable colleges for 11 years in a row. Thanks to precision-technology sensors and software, UC Irvine’s laboratories have become paragons of energy efficiency, emulated by national labs including the CDC’s. … Anteater researchers are working to harness the storage potential of green hydrogen … When learning went remote last spring, UCI quickly adapted its pantry food distribution services to continue to serve thousands of students … UCI’s Pump to Plug program has helped reduce 23,125 metric tons of commuter CO2 emissions … How cool is that?

Orange County Business Journal, Sept. 28, 2020
Digital health’s time to dominate
UCI Health, Orange County’s only academic health system, continues to invest in what it believes to be the future of healthcare: digital tools and medical devices. The health system on Sept. 16 announced a two-year clinical study in partnership with managed healthcare company Anthem Inc. and tech giant Apple to determine how individuals with asthma can better self-manage their condition with wearable devices … It’s just one example of its efforts to advance care with data and digital technologies, Steve Goldstein, vice chancellor of health affairs at UCI said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Politico, Sept. 26, 2020
How Amy Coney Barrett would reshape the court — and the country
Howard Gillman, chancellor of the University of California, Irvine, and the co-author of The Religion Clauses: The Case for Separating Church and State writes, “With the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett — an undoubtedly qualified jurist with rock-solid conservative credentials — the court will revert to the role it performed for most of our history, with an ironclad majority of conservative justices who have dedicated their careers to taking back the courts. … Once again, the court will be a conservative bulwark against democratic forces. As a result, Congress’ authority to address national challenges, including access to health care and the promotion of civil rights, will be diminished ….

The New Yorker, Sept. 25, 2020
How to preserve American elections
To talk about the biggest threats to the election, I spoke by phone, on Thursday, with Richard Hasen, a professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of the recent book “Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy.” During our conversation, which has been edited for length and clarity, we discussed whether people should vote by mail or in person, what happens if state legislatures try to choose their own slates of electors, and what the next Congress can do to make elections freer and fairer.

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