UCI News

Orange County Register, April 27, 2020
UCI doctor describes love, death and war during New York coronavirus fight
The man had already spent two weeks on a ventilator at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, critically ill from COVID-19 and in a medically induced coma, when he and Dr. Sebastian Schubl met. Schubl, 43, a trauma and critical care surgeon at UCI Medical Center, saw a lot of patients during his recent week-long stint volunteering at the New York hospital — the same hospital where he started his career 15 years ago. But that one man on the ventilator made an impression. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Business Journal, April 27, 2020
UCI Team Develops App For Coronavirus Tracing
University of California, Irvine researchers said they have developed a way to digitally track the spread of the coronavirus, providing a means to keep track of the COVID-19 pandemic and aiding the reopening the state’s economy. TrackCOVID is a free open-source smart phone app ….. “It’s completely voluntary, said lead author Tyler Yasaka, a software engineer and junior specialist in otolaryngology at the UCI School of Medicine. “We’re actually just tracking the point where transmission could occur.” … The UICI researchers say their app preserves privacy. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Inside Higher Ed. April 28, 2020
Uncertain Job Market Awaits Soon-to-Be Graduates
College career services directors say they remain optimistic that students will come out of the pandemic in a strong position and that students shouldn’t be discouraged. “Don’t give in to the headlines … pursue your job search,” said Suzanne Helbig, associate vice provost of the Division of Career Pathways at the University of California, Irvine. “Many employers are not necessarily canceling opportunities, but they’re in a state of flux, too, figuring things out.”

Medium, April 27, 2020
Artificial Intelligence and Business with Neil Sahota
I had the opportunity to talk with Neil Sahota for an episode of the Future Squared podcast. Sahota, a professor at UC Irvine, speaks from a position of authority. He is a founding member of the UN’s Artificial Intelligence for Social Good Committee …. What started as an inquiry on the state of AI today quickly snowballed into a conversation on robot ‘rights’, cyborgs, how AI and automation will affect the job market, and how companies can use AI to gain leverage and competitive advantage.

The Huffington Post, April 28, 2020
We Are Doctors Who Study Trauma. Here’s How To Cope With The COVID-19 Crisis.
UCI Professor Roxane Cohen Silver, Ph.D and Lucy McBride, M.D. write, “We are experiencing collective trauma unlike anything previously experienced in America in our lifetimes. … And just when we most need our normal coping strategies like exercise, sports and congregating with friends to manage stress and loss, they are severely constrained for our own — and others’ ― good. But naming this disaster as a collective trauma helps introduce a set of specific recommendations for coping — now, and for the long haul.”

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