UCI News

Orange Coast Magazine, Aug. 2, 2021
Raven Baxter is the New Director of Diversity Initiatives at UC Irvine’s School of Biological Sciences
You might recognize [Raven] Baxter from the many viral music videos she has produced and starred in, including a super-catchy, coronavirus-themed rap titled “Wipe It Down” that received international attention in March 2020. … This fall, she begins her new role at UC Irvine, where she’ll create and develop programs that help build a better community for faculty, staff, and students. “I’ll be focusing on diversity the same way I have been—for me, it’s not just diversity in terms of race but also allowing people to be individuals and feel like they belong.”

AARP, Aug. 2, 2021
Three Game-Changing Innovations for Those With Hearing Loss
The big idea: You can isolate one person’s speech in a noisy environment, addressing what scientists call the “cocktail party problem.” … The cocktail party problem is the “number one complaint by hearing aid users or people with hearing loss in general,” says Fan-Gang Zeng, a professor of otolaryngology at the University of California Irvine who studies hearing technology. … Artificial intelligence could not only aid but supercharge the listening experience of hearing-impaired people so that it’s “better than normal,” Zeng says.

The New Yorker, Aug. 2, 2021
The Big Money Behind the Big Lie
Richard Hasen, a [Chancellor’s] law professor at the University of California, Irvine, and one of the country’s foremost election-law experts, told [Jane Mayer], “I’m scared …” Referring to the array of new laws passed by Republican state legislatures since the 2020 election, he said, “It’s not just about voter suppression. What I’m really worried about is election subversion. Election officials are being put in place who will mess with the count.”

The Orange County Register, July 30, 2021
Orange County’s number of fentanyl deaths is skyrocketing each year
The number of fentanyl-related deaths in Orange County more than doubled in 2020, with Orange County coroner’s officials attributing 432 deaths to the potent opiate compared to 165 fatal overdoses the year before. … The death toll represents “just the tip of the iceberg” in the fentanyl crisis, said Dr. Bharath Chakravarthy, [assistant professor] of UC Irvine School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Spectrum News 1 (City News Service), July 30, 2021
OC Health Agency ‘strongly’ encourages residents to ‘avoid large crowds’
The positivity rate is more alarming as it reflects more people being infected rather than an increase in testing, Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, told City News Service this week. “Delta is exploding everywhere,” Noymer said. “It’s become apparent Delta has become a big game changer.” Noymer said he expects fewer deaths during this surge because of high vaccination rates among seniors. … “It’s not clear to me that Delta is more deadly, but it is clear to me it’s more spreadable,” Noymer said.

Previously “In the News”