UCI News

Daily Pilot, April 7, 2020
Departments across UC Irvine design, build face shields for medical staff in Orange
UCI Medical Center in Orange is receiving a shipment of 5,000 face shields from an unlikely source — the very medical students it works to educate. … The idea started with neighbors and first-year medical students, Ermin Dzihic and Tim McMullen. … UCI Beall Applied Innovation leaders put the two into contact with faculty at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Claire Trevor School of the Arts, who helped develop the design and mass production of the face shields. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CALmatters, April 7, 2020
Could a blood test for coronavirus antibodies get California back to normal? Lots of questions remain
“We don’t know what the correlation is between the antibody levels that we measure and the protection that’s conferred by that antibody,” said Philip Felgner, director of the vaccine research and development center at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. “That’s the link that we don’t have yet.” … Still, those answers are coming. Felgner’s team is planning to survey healthcare workers over time for a constellation of antibodies.

Bloomberg Government, April 8, 2020 (Video)
Coronavirus and the Ballot Box: Voting During a Pandemic
The Covid-19 crisis is taking its toll on the 2020 elections by postponing primaries and freezing campaigns. In Wisconsin, which went forward with voting, chaos and partisan politics reigned. With less than seven months until November, Americans are wondering what it will take to have a free, fair — and safe — election. In this video, featuring UC Irvine law professor Rick Hasen and Bloomberg Government’s Greg Giroux, we answer the question on everyone’s mind: How do we vote during a pandemic?

The Guardian, April 7, 2020
‘A reality check on the math’: What’s ahead for California and Covid-19
California officials this week described a “slow and steady increase” in confirmed coronavirus infections, predicting that the peak of the state’s outbreak will occur in mid to late May. …Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, explained what was behind the state’s projections – and what Californians can expect next.

Marketplace, April 6, 2020 (Audio)
Stress tests for banks aren’t designed for a downturn as severe as this one
UC Irvine law professor Dave Min said that in a situation where many consumers aren’t even supposed to leave their houses, even the most prudent banker in the world would have trouble.“ At some point, the business of banking is about making loans,” Min said. “And if you’re making loans in a terrible economy like this one, you’re going to suffer.”

Previously “In the News”