UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, April 6, 2021
UCI Exceeds $1B in Gifts for Brilliant Future Campaign
The University of California, Irvine announced today it has raised more than $1 billion for advancements in healthcare, innovation and the arts, in addition to support for first-generation college students. The milestone marks the halfway point for UCI’s $2 billion philanthropic campaign, called Brilliant Future, which will come to an end in 2024. It’s the second time UCI has raised over $1 billion from donors. “During one of the most challenging health crises in recent times, it’s inspiring to see that the generosity of our UCI alumni and friends has not only endured but intensified,” Chancellor Howard Gillman said in a statement. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CNBC, April 6, 2021
Medical students haven’t been deterred by the stress of Covid on hospitals and staff — they are eager to help
“The pandemic has highlighted the health disparities that communities of color face and has taught me that becoming a physician is not only about saving lives. It is also about trying to improve the quality of life for our patients by addressing the factors and barriers that influence their health,” said Chika Okeke, a first-year medical student at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.

Irvine Standard, April 5, 2021
UCI is building a $1 billion medical center
Now, the University of California has announced it will build UCI Medical Center – Irvine: a $1 billion hospital and medical complex at UC Irvine. The plan includes a 144-bed acute-care hospital, an ambulatory care center and a cancer center that joins with a full-service academic health complex. The Irvine Standard sat down with Dr. Steven Goldstein, vice chancellor of health affairs at UCI, to learn more about the facility, its clinical focus and its value for the people of Irvine.

KABC, April 5, 2021 (Video)
Thinking of traveling soon? Expert shares tips on how to navigate pandemic travel
Andrew Noymer, Ph.D., an epidemiologist and associate professor [of public health] at UC Irvine, spoke with ABC7 News Anchor Liz Kreutz on the daily 3 p.m. program, “Getting Answers”, about the race between vaccines and COVID-19 variants.

AP, April 6, 2021
California plans for broad pandemic reopening in mid-June
Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of the public health program at the University of California, Irvine, said the governor sent a hopeful message but she worries that younger people won’t get vaccinated in the numbers needed to fully reopen and protect children from the virus. “The population of 16-plus, among that population are those that defied all guidance and went to places like South Beach in Miami in crowds,” she said. “We needed a good message, but the message may be too soon.”

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