UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 17, 2020
Big center on campus
The University of California, Irvine plans to build a $221 million, five-story outpatient pavilion on the north side of its Irvine campus, its latest effort at expanding access to advanced healthcare for Orange County’s nearly 3.3 million residents. The 168,000-square-foot center … will offer services in child health, adult specialty care, urgent care and other services once it opens in 2022, officials said late last week. The UCI Health Center for Advanced Care “will expand healthcare access, education and research in the community, the region and the nation,” said Chancellor Howard Gillman. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, Aug. 17, 2020
UC Irvine lab makes coronavirus-crippling molecule, a first step toward a new drug
James Nowick, a professor of chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences who runs a lab that specializes in building molecules, described the coronavirus enzyme as a lock. … Nowick’s lab has essentially invented a fake key – a macrocycle, in scientific terms – to fit in that lock, but not turn it. “The fake key blocks the actual keys from fitting into the lock.” … The project, which started in April was spearheaded by Adam Kreutzer, a scientist in Nowick’s group. The team is calling the new macrocycle University of California, Irvine Coronavirus Inhibitor-1, or UCI-1 for short. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Associated Press, Aug. 15, 2020
Fear, language barriers hinder immigrant contact-tracing
The University of California, Irvine is trying to help counties by training people from low-income, minority areas to be contact tracers in their own communities, said Daniel Parker, an infectious disease epidemiologist and assistant professor of public health. Tracers are provided with loose scripts to help with their calls, but “they already have the intuition (about) the best way to get the information and what to ask,” he said. “They have the same lived experiences and know how to approach the community better.”

Daily Pilot, Aug. 13, 2020
UC Irvine launches coronavirus statistics portal to track Orange County cases, compare other counties
A new coronavirus statistics portal tracking current data and trends in Orange County and providing comparisons to neighboring counties has launched, UC Irvine announced Monday. … “There is no shortage of COVID-19-related data visualizations out in the world, but what has been lacking is a platform for easy visualization and comparison of trends in California’s counties,” said Vladimir Minin, a UCI professor of statistics who led the team responsible for designing and creating the site, in a statement. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Forbes, Aug. 14, 2020
How you could get your second stimulus check faster
“We have the technology. There are a few things around the edges that we could do,” Professor Mehrsa Baradaran of University of California, Irvine School of Law said during that hearing. “We would need ATMs at certain post offices. We would need the Fed to do real-time payments.” But Baradaran called those items “well within our technological capacity.”

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