UCI News

Voice of OC, Aug. 12, 2022
New Swan Shakespeare Festival Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary
New Swan’s home base is on the University of California, Irvine campus, and its performing space is anything but conventional – a modular, spherical structure that weighs 16 tons, about the same weight as a small military tank. Design-wise, the theater is a miniature version of a classic Elizabethan theater-in-the-round venue. … Let’s take a look at New Swan’s origins and the nuts-and-bolts of the singular New Swan Theater. New Swan’s public face – and its founding artistic director and managing producer – is Eli Simon, [Chancellor’s Professor of drama], a 34-year member of UCI’s drama faculty who has served as the department’s chair and head of acting.

Verywell, Aug. 12, 2022
Do You Need a Polio Booster Shot?
Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, director and founding dean of the program in public health at the University of California, Irvine, said that the reemergence of polio—partly due to an anti-vaccination mentality—is “extremely alarming” and “puts the lives of many people at risk.” Getting vaccinated will be a crucial part of controlling polio cases and eradicating the disease altogether, Boden-Albala added. “We can eradicate polio with vaccines, which have been tried and true for decades,” she said.

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 12, 2022
Parents’ 2022-23 back-to-school checklist: tutoring, therapy, COVID-19 vigilance
“We’re now entering our third year of dealing with this,” said Jessica Borelli, [associate] professor of psychological science at UC Irvine. “We need to really be thinking about the long-term impact this kind of stress has on our children’s mental health.” … Children across socioeconomic lines will be disparately impacted in the coming months and years, depending on how well they fared during the pandemic, Borelli said. Those with preexisting learning disabilities will have it worse. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 8, 2022
2022 Innovator of the Year Award Nominees – Aimee Edinger, UCI Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology
Aimee Edinger’s passion for pushing the scientific envelope has made her a rising star at UCI. Her laboratory develops innovative therapies that target intracellular trafficking with the goal of treating cancer, obesity, and improving the delivery of oligonucleotide therapeutics. Her team identified small molecules that stop prostate cancer in its tracks and restore normal body weight in mice with obesity, technology licensed to Siege Pharmaceutics. … Professor Edinger is a serial innovator with seven patents in process. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 8, 2022
2022 Innovator of the Year Award Nominees – Mari Kimura, UCI Professor of Music
An internationally acclaimed prolific violinist, composer and researcher, Mari Kimura is a leader in the field of interactive computer music and is a renowned master of “subharmonics.” Kimura received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010, and named a “Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” recognized by the Carnegie Corporation. The President of KIMARI, LLC, Kimura created MUGIC®, a motion sensor system for performance, at UCI’s Calit2, and commercially released MUGIC® in September 2020. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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