UCI News

Wirecutter, April 3, 2020
Have a 3D Printer? You Can Use It to Make Face Shields for Medical Workers
However, there are now shortages of face shields, as well, according to hospital staff such as Linda Dickey, senior director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Health. Hospitals, universities, and other centers of research are looking into ways to produce face shields at a massive scale. … Jesse Colin Jackson, an assistant professor at University of California Irvine who is making face shields for UCI Health, is also using laser cutters. Until these mass-production operations ramp up or factory manufacturing catches up, hospitals are still left with a shortage. That’s where 3D printing comes in.

The New York Times, April 5, 2020
In ‘Afropessimism,’ a Black Intellectual Mixes Memoir and Theory
Frank B. Wilderson III, who leads the African-American Studies department at the University of California, Irvine, mixes both memoir and theory in “Afropessimism,” moving from his childhood in Minnesota to academic ideas about why black people “are not Human subjects, but are instead structurally inert props.” Below, he talks about pivotal time he spent in South Africa during apartheid, the tensions between theory and storytelling, and the inspiration he’s taken from the singer Sarah Vaughan. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Associated Press, April 6, 2020
Coronavirus patients rush to join studies of Gilead drug
Coronavirus patients around the world have been rushing to join remdesivir studies that opened in hospitals in the last few weeks. … At the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Alpesh Amin has enrolled several patients. All are getting standard care even if they wind up getting a placebo rather than remdesivir, Amin said.

NBC News, April 4, 2020
‘Hard for helpers, too’: Faced with their own coronavirus fears, crisis hotline counselors answer surge in calls
Other people might find comfort in churches and synagogues that are streaming their religious services online, or in yoga or meditation apps, said Dana Garfin, a psychologist and assistant adjunct professor in the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing at the University of California, Irvine. Garfin, who is doing a study on the psychological effects of the COVID-19 quarantines, also recommended not getting bombarded with news. “You don’t want to not know what’s going on, but there’s a difference between checking the news once or twice, and having the TV on in the background all day,” she said.

ABA Journal, March 30, 2020
Three states postpone July bar exam; will others follow?
Meanwhile, the issue was discussed Monday by the State Bar of California’s committee of bar examiners in an emergency meeting. … Meanwhile, a law student petition is being circulated online, asking the NCBE to “cancel the July exam, …” It follows a March 22 working paper written by legal academics, urging states to consider diploma privilege for 2020 law school graduates, as well as supervised practice. … Another law student petition focuses on the California bar. Pilar Margarita Hernández Escontrías, a law student at the University of California Irvine and co author of the petition, told the ABA Journal Monday afternoon the petition has 840 signatures.

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