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The Wall Street Journal, April 28, 2021
Top Colleges in the West by Size
The WSJ/THE rankings are based on 15 factors across four main categories: Forty percent of each school’s overall score comes from student outcomes, including measures of graduate salaries and debt burdens, 30% from the school’s academic resources, including how much it spends on teaching, 20% from how well it engages its students and 10% from its environment, a measure of the diversity of its students and faculty. Top Large Colleges in the West. … 8. University of California, Irvine. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

UPI, April 28, 2021
Test accurately identifies those at risk for severe COVID-19, researchers say
A new test accurately predicts who faces the highest risk for hospitalization, ventilator-supported breathing and death from COVID-19, …. “We found an antibody that can be detected for predictive diagnosis really early in the disease, within one to six days after the first COVID symptoms [appear],” study co-author Gregory Weiss told UPI in an email. “Such information could help direct therapeutic interventions toward patients who need the most help early on in the course of the disease, when it’s the most treatable,” said Weiss, a [professor of chemistry and molecular biology & biochemistry] at the University of California, Irvine.

The New York Times, April 29, 2021
Mask On or Off? Life Gets Back to Normal, and We’re Rusty.
Dr. Susan Huang, [professor and director of epidemiology and infection prevention], of the University of California, Irvine, Medical School, explained the conflicted psychology as a function of rapidly changing risk, and the difference in tolerance individuals have for risk. … “We’re between the darkness and the light,” Dr. Huang said. She likened the psychology around masks and other behavior to the different approaches people take to changing their wardrobes at the end of winter: People who are more risk averse continue to wear winter clothes on 50 degree days, where bigger risk takers opt for shorts. “Eventually,” she said, “everyone will be wearing shorts.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Orange County Register, April 28, 2021
Which is better for developing immunity: COVID-19 vaccine or natural infection?
Debate has raged over which provides better protection against COVID-19 — natural infection or vaccine injection? A large-scale study by UC Irvine researchers may definitively settle this debate. They found that, yes, natural infection provides protection, but mRNA vaccines like Pfizer and Moderna kick natural immunity’s butt in protecting against COVID-19. … “This is a pretty spectacular thing,” said Philip L. Felgner, director of UC Irvine’s Vaccine Research and Development Center and Protein Microarray Laboratory and Training Facility, who was one of the researchers. “It’s not just doing something for a relatively small group of patients with uncommon disease — here we’re talking about saving the whole world.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

KCBS, April 28, 2021 (Video)
UCI Health Family Health Center In Anaheim Helping High School Students Get Vaccinated
Dr. Jose Mayorga runs the UCI Family Health Centers, and has been working hard in the Latino community to debunk myths about the vaccine. He’s teamed up with the Anaheim Union High School District to spread the word and get shots into the arms of essential workers and their teenage children. “Just this morning, we vaccinated two twins and their mom, and we were super excited to have them here. As a matter of fact, the son was the one that told his mom, “mom, I think we should get vaccinated.” They did their research. I answered some of their questions today, and the rest is history.”

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