UCI News

Spectrum News 1, Aug. 19, 2021 (Video)
Dad diagnosed with cancer receives life-saving stem cell transplant at UCI Health
With his wife and oncologist, [Sean] Ramos looked for options and turned to UCI Health, which is the only place in Orange County where adults can get a stem cell transplant. Dr. Stefan O. Ciurea, a UCI Health hematologist, [professor of clinical medicine], and director of the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Program at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, said stem cell transplants aren’t readily available everywhere because it takes a huge team.

Fast Company, Aug. 18, 2021
When will Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine recipients get a booster?
“Based on our experience with the J&J vaccine, I wouldn’t choose to get a second dose of the J&J vaccine,” says Phil Felgner, director of the UCI Vaccine Research and Development Center [and the Protein Microarray Laboratory and Training Facility]. “Because there are other components of that J&J vaccine that we react to, and produce an immune response.” Felgner’s team has also been studying antibody levels in vaccine recipients and finds that they’re much lower in J&J recipients, consistent with the clinical data about reduced efficacy.

NBC News, Aug. 18, 2021
Vietnamese American refugees who witnessed fall of Saigon urge U.S. to accept more Afghans
Less than a month after the U.S. withdrew from Vietnam, Congress passed the Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act …. After the initial move to protect the allies of the U.S. military, support and assistance for those left behind — families that suffered from poverty and famine, ethnic minorities persecuted by the ruling Communist Party — rapidly diminished, said Long Bui, an [associate] professor of global and international studies at the University of California, Irvine …. “There was a sense that once the war was over people didn’t want to do anything with them.”

Hyperallergic, Aug. 18, 2021
Hopeful and Aware: MFA Work From CalArts and UC Irvine
After spending much of their education separated from one another due to the ongoing pandemic, recent graduates from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and UC Irvine (UCI) have rejoined their classmates through their respective MFA exhibitions, re:connections and A Lantern for Many Lives. … In contrast to the shared space for CalArts graduates, UCI MFAs have been afforded their own galleries in the dispersed arts center plaza on campus. In her contribution, “The Keeling,” Ivy Guild reanimates the dried husks of aloe collected from the UCI Arboretum.

Bloomberg Tax, Aug. 17, 2021
California Tax Incentive’s Success Is in Its Failures (1)
California’s experiment in creating an accountable and transparent business income tax credit to reward companies for job creation and capital investment seems to be working, even though half the companies winning the credit aren’t able to keep their promises. … The recapture rate so far shows the program has teeth, and that’s an unambiguously good thing, said David Neumark, [Distinguished] professor of economics at University of California Irvine and co-director of its Center for Population, Inequality, and Policy. “It doesn’t mean no jobs are being created, it just means they’re falling short of their goals,” he said.

Previously “In the News”