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NBC News, April 8, 2020
Coronavirus: 9 ways to help doctors, nurses and hospital workers right now
Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director, epidemiology and infection prevention, and an assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases at University of California Irvine Health, seconds the call for donations. “Hospitals will know how best to allocate funds according to the local needs, which are subject to change with time as the pandemic progresses,” she says.

The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2020
In These Gated Communities, Security Personnel Act More Like Concierges
As for security concerns, gated communities in Orange County, Calif., had about 20% less crime than similar nongated areas, according to a 2018 study in the Oxford Handbook of Environmental Criminology. Nongated areas reported about two property crimes in a six-month period, stated Charis Kubrin, a criminologist at the University of California, Irvine, who co-wrote the report. It’s already low and gets even lower,” she says. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

Forbes, April 8, 2020  (Contributor)
Why CIOs Must Think Like Hackers In The Covid-19 Crisis—And After It
[UCI Professor] Vijay Gurbaxani, Founding Director of the Center for Digital Transformation writes, “The coronavirus’s impact has swept away the barriers to change. At the University of California, Irvine, where I teach, campus leaders announced just two weeks before Spring Quarter began that students would be asked to return to their homes and all classes would be offered online. It took a massive deployment of tech resources. Software platforms, including learning-management systems, live-streaming apps and videoconferencing solutions, were rolled out university-wide. Tech teams and instructional designers worked alongside faculty to migrate courses to the new modality.  In the week of March 30, every class went live.”

Law Review, April 8, 2020
Legal community has mixed reactions to ABA resolution on limited law practice for recent grads
However, some law students feel differently. Pilar Margarita Hernández Escontrías, a third-year law student at the University of California at Irvine who co-authored a petition urging diploma privilege, wonders whether additional bar study loans will be available. “If not, many students will not even have a shot at passing the bar—not because they aren’t smart or competent, but because they didn’t have the means,” she wrote in an email to the ABA Journal. She thinks the emergency limited practice rules will create more disruption rather than help ease the problem.

C&EN, April 6, 2020
Exploring chemical space: Can AI take us where no human has gone before?

Pierre Baldi, a computer scientist at the University of California, Irvine, thinks data availability is key to enabling AI exploration of chemical space. “Discovery of drugs and things that benefit all of us could be accelerated by making data more readily open and available within the broad chemical sciences community,” he says. He argues that organizations that own chemical data without making them openly available impede the application of AI across chemical space. For example, Baldi points to ACS, which owns data in the journal articles it publishes and in databases like those compiled by CAS

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