UCI News

Los Angeles Times, Aug. 14, 2020
UC Irvine workshop trains residents living, working in COVID-19 ‘hot spots’ to do contact tracing
“Nothing will stop this pandemic better than an informed and resourced and unified community,” said UCI Dean of Public health Bernadette Boden-Albala during introductory remarks. “We want to give participants, all of you, an opportunity to see yourselves as part of the larger community effort and to clarify your unique purpose within that effort.” The dean’s audience comprised community activists, UCI students, healthcare workers and concerned citizens who’d signed up to be trainees and facilitators. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Law.com, Aug. 13, 2020
Law in the time of COVID: How UC Irvine Law’s dean is making it work (from home)
In the first installment of the new Law.com series “Law in the Time of COVID: How Are You Making It Work (From Home)?” University of California, Irvine School of Law Dean L. Song Richardson shares how she spends a typical day working from home, and how she finds time to unwind when home and work have merged. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CNBC, Aug. 13, 2020
Biden looks to former Fed Chair Yellen for economic advice
“Janet [Yellen] has been a dedicated public servant for a long time. She’s been a very effective leader at the central bank. Lots of people want to seek her advice,” said Gary Richardson, a Universty of California, Irvine economics professor and Fed historian. “The fact that Biden is reaching out to her is a good thing. She’s clearly a very successful policymaker as well as a successful academic.”

Considerable, Aug. 14, 2020
This brain protein may put the brakes on Alzheimer’s
“Scientists have known for a long time that inflammation is a driver of Alzheimer’s disease, but inflammation is complex and involves many factors,” said Dr. Frank LaFerla, dean of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, where the research was conducted. “That’s why we decided to look at TOM-1.” … “You can think of TOM-1 as being like the brakes of a car, and the brakes aren’t working for people with Alzheimer’s,” LaFerla said. “This research shows that fixing the brakes at the molecular level could provide an entirely new therapeutic avenue.”

People, Aug. 12, 2020
Laurie Hernandez on prioritizing her mental health after journey to 2020 Olympics was extended
Laurie Hernandez has spent a lot of this year prioritizing how to best deal with that stress and her overall mental health, which she’ll discuss as guest host of mental health research nonprofit One Mind’s Brain Waves live webcast show on Friday at 3 p.m. EST. … The athlete — who won gold with the U.S. women’s gymnastics team at the 2016 Rio Olympics — will open up about using digital mental health apps during the pandemic with Dr. Stephen Schueller, executive director of One Mind PsyberGuide, and associate professor of psychological science, UC Irvine; and Martha Neary, project manager at One Mind PsyberGuide.

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