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Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 9, 2021
2021 Innovator of the Year Award Nominees
Kenneth J. Chang, MD, professor and chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Executive Director of the H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center, UCI School of Medicine. Dr. Chang  is a board-certified UC Irvine Health internist and gastroenterologist who specializes in interventional endoscopy for esophageal and gastrointestinal disorders. … Philip Felgner, Director of the UCI Vaccine Research Development Center, the Protein Microarray Laboratory and Training Facility. … His lab has been active in understanding the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak in Orange County and the efficacy of the mRNA vaccines. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KCRW – Press Play with Madeline Brand, Aug. 9, 2021 (Podcast)
Heat, wildfires, air pollution: Multiple extremes will occur more often, says UN report co-author
The consequences of global warming are now unavoidable, while climate catastrophes are likely to get worse. Those are the findings of a new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). … The Earth is projected to surpass a heating threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius. It’s at that point when serious climate events are expected to take place. All that is according to Michael Prather, a professor of Earth system sciences at UC Irvine and a contributor to the IPCC report.

American Medical Association, Aug. 9, 2021
UCI School of Medicine’s framework for modeling teacher-learner interactions
Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin, MD, MEd, vice dean for medical education, UCI School of Medicine: “Our project is “#MDsToo: A Student Mistreatment Prevention Curriculum for Faculty and Residents.” The #MDsToo training introduces participants to the KIND (Knowledge-sharing. Inclusive, Nondiscriminatory, Developmentally-appropriate) framework for modeling positive teacher-learner interactions. … The goal of the curriculum is to sensitize participants to unconscious biases, microaggressions, and dysfunctional teacher-learner interactions that perpetuate mistreatment.”

Daily Pilot, Aug. 7, 2021
With Delta variant cases on the rise in Orange County, doctors say more kids are getting sick
As a more contagious Delta variant takes root in Orange County and residents 12 and older get vaccinated, pediatricians are reporting a noticeable increase in coronavirus infections and COVID-19 hospitalizations among young children, just weeks before the start of school. “Right now, we’re seeing a huge uptick in the number of cases in children,” said Dr. Chulie Ulloa, a pediatric infectious disease physician scientist and assistant professor of Pediatrics at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine. “And unlike before, the children tend to be more symptomatic.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Orange County Register, Aug. 6, 2021
Who the heck is Kevin Paffrath? Recall might make him governor
Bob Solomon, a [clinical] law professor at UC Irvine who focuses on community development, described [Kevin] Paffrath’s housing plan, which would give the state control over all building and safety issues, as ambitious. But Solomon also said the Paffrath plan is “nothing more than vague promises,” since it doesn’t deal with the primary issue of local control and “communities that evade responsibility and actively fight new housing.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

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