UCI News

Daily Pilot, Aug. 26, 2021
Studies identify social and racial disparities in Orange County during first COVID-19 surges
A recently published UC Irvine study reveals these racial and social disparities in infection and mortality rates during the first surge of the pandemic last summer. … Daniel Parker, UCI assistant professor of public health and an author of the study, also pointed out that risk factors for infection shifted. … Following Parker’s study, UC Irvine partnered with the city of Santa Ana for a more in-depth look at the city’s COVID-19 infection rate during the infant weeks of the massive winter surge. That study was led by Bernadette Boden-Albala, the director of UC Irvine’s Program in Public Health. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KCBS Radio, Aug. 26, 2021 (Audio)
The delta surge begins to wane in California
What is the trajectory of the Delta Surge? To answer your questions, KCBS Radio news anchors Holly Quan and Dan Mitchinson spoke with Andrew Noymer, [Ph.D., associate professor of public health,] epidemiologist and demographer at UC Irvine.

AP, Aug. 26, 2021
Virginia Republicans file suit over McAuliffe’s paperwork
Rick Hasen, an election law expert [and Chancellor’s Professor of law] who teaches at the University of California, Irvine, said that states have varying standards when it comes to enforcing election rules, with some states much more forgiving of “technical difficulties” than others. But “as a general matter, it would be surprising to see a court knock a major candidate for office off the ballot for a technicality,” he said.

Wired, Aug. 26, 2021
A Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an ‘Internet Apocalypse’
At the SIGCOMM 2021 data communication conference on Thursday, Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi, [assistant professor, computer science], of the University of California, Irvine presented “Solar Superstorms: Planning for an Internet Apocalypse,” an examination of the damage a fast-moving cloud of magnetized solar particles could cause the global internet. Abdu Jyothi’s research points out an additional nuance to a blackout-causing solar storm: the scenario where even if power returns in hours or days, mass internet outages persist.

CNBC, Aug. 25, 2021
Bill Gates is among the backers of stealthy battery company Form Energy, but it has a lot to prove
That said, the California Energy Commission “has not seen specific performance data on the iron-air technology yet,” according to CEC researcher Mike Gravely. It expects to “receive that data when the system is built and tested” at a test site at the University of California, Irvine.

Previously “In the News”