UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, April 20, 2020
Healthcare Roundtable
UCI Medical Center in Orange. U.S. News & World Report has listed the 417-bed acute care hospital among America’s Best Hospitals for 19 consecutive years. … Chad T. Lefteris, UCI Health: “Advancing knowledge to protect our patients and the community in the face of new and existing public health threats is part of the UCI Health mission. Our infectious disease and epidemiology experts are leaders in the fight to control COVID-19 in Orange County. UCI Health launched Southern California’s first National Institutes of Health therapeutic COVID-19 trial with the drug remdesivir and our medical center’s operations team has helped institutions around the county to prepare to meet expected surges of sick patients.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Daily Pilot, April 20, 2020
UC Irvine researchers develop app to help track COVID-19, but will people use it?
UC Irvine researchers have developed a phone application that could potentially help stem the spread of COVID-19 by tracking and isolating people who may have been exposed to the deadly virus. But activist groups and legal experts are warning of potential privacy encroachments that could occur if tracking technology is widely adopted. … Tyler Yasaka, the project’s lead author, said privacy was a significant consideration for the group as they developed the tool. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CNN, April 20, 2020
The Milky Way may be kicking stars into its outer halo
“These highly accurate numerical simulations have shown us that it’s likely the Milky Way has been launching stars in circumgalactic space in outflows triggered by supernova explosions,” study author James Bullock said in a statement. Bullock is dean of UCI’s School of Physical Sciences and a professor of physics and astronomy. “It’s fascinating, because when multiple big stars die, the resulting energy can expel gas from the galaxy, which in turn cools, causing new stars to be born,” he added.

Forbes, April 20, 2020 (Contributor – Audio)
A Professor’s Take On Teaching Tomorrow’s Tax Pros
In this episode of Tax Notes Talk, Omri Marian, the academic director of the graduate tax program at the University of California, Irvine, discusses his role in preparing the next generation of tax professionals and virtual teaching during the coronavirus pandemic with Tax Notes reporter Jonathan Curry.

USA Today, April 21, 2020
Amid coronavirus concerns, two-thirds of voters support mail-in ballots for November, poll finds
Richard Hasen, a professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and author of “Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy” [said] “Election design requires tradeoffs. Many states offer absentee balloting because they realize that the tremendous convenience to voters outweighs the small risk of fraud,” Hasen said. “Now, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has radically elevated the risk of gathering at polling stations, making mail-in balloting a crucial alternative.”

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