UCI News

The Orange County Register, July 30, 2021
Just how much hotter and drier is Southern California’s ‘new normal’ weather?
The timing of the hotter, drier conditions is particularly unfortunate for wildfire season. … “Those are perfect conditions for wildfires, definitely,” said Tirtha Banerjee, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Irvine who studies how fires move. … The question needs to be, “How do we live with fire?” Banerjee said. “We cannot afford to lose lives or property, so how do we manage ecosystems better?” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

The Washington Post, July 30, 2021
CDC study shows three-fourths of people infected in Massachusetts coronavirus outbreak were vaccinated but few required hospitalization
“Although most cases were not hospitalized, thus showing the vaccine works in an important way, this study is portentous for the achievement of herd immunity,” Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist [and associate professor of population health and disease prevention] at the University of California, Irvine, said in an email. “If the vaccinated can become infected (and, we believe, from other studies, potentially spread covid), then herd immunity becomes more of a mirage than oasis.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

Daily Pilot, July 30, 2021
Around Town
New dean named for Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing at UCI. … Mark Lazenby, advanced practice nurse and philosopher, will assume the role of dean on Jan. 1, 2022. … “Our School of Nursing is poised for growth, and Mark Lazenby is the right leader to move us forward,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman, in a statement. “His passion is an inspiration, and his interdisciplinary expertise will be critical as we reinvent the future of nursing in the context of an integrative approach to whole-person wellness and an unshakable commitment to health equity in our community and beyond.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Business Journal, August 2, 2021
Unraveling the OC-SD High-Paying Jobs Mystery
Ken Murphy, UCI business assistant and professor and others write, “Our research relating to the Chapman-UCI Innovation Indicator revealed a mystery. While we haven’t quite solved that mystery, we’re getting close. To refresh the memories of readers of a prior OC Leader Board, with the help of the CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County, we found that over the last 15 years, San Diego is doing a much better job than Orange County in creating innovation jobs.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Becker’s Hospital Review, July 30, 2021
19 largest gifts from individuals to hospitals, healthcare organizations in 2021
8. $20 million to UCI Health.
Donor: Allen Chao. Mr. Chao is CEO of Tanvex BioPharma in Irvine.
Details: The gift will support research, cancer treatments, clinical trials, precision medicine and patient care at the hospital’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Ambulatory Care.

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