UCI News

Spectrum News 1, Aug. 29, 2022
UCI reports $580 million in grants and awards
In the last year, the University of California, Irvine has collected $580 million in grants and contracts, allowing researchers and professors to monitor sea levels, or fund clinical trials for cancer treatments. … “This research funding milestone confirms UCI’s ascent among its Association of American Universities peers as a world-class research university. Our faculty, students and staff are truly excelling in an environment of tremendous competition for financial support of research and innovation,” said Pramod Khargonekar, UCI vice chancellor for research, in a news release. “These results indicate that UCI’s preeminent research enterprise will make even greater and more productive contributions to the state, the nation and the world.”

The Guardian, Aug. 27, 2022
‘A collective trauma’: Covid keeps its grips on mental health of many patients
In short, while the pandemic is no longer the top story in the news each night, its ripple effects remain top of the mind for many Americans. In addition to those who died from Covid or lost a loved one to the virus, “there are personal stressors that people have had to encounter, on and off with restrictions in their activities, on and off with the possibility of getting ill, and all of those things have now been chronic”, said Roxane Cohen Silver, a University of California, Irvine [Distinguished Professor of psychological science] psychologist who has described the pandemic as a “collective trauma”.

Well+Good, Aug. 29, 2022
PSA: Now Is Your Last Chance To Get Free COVID Tests From the Post Office
“The advantage of at-home tests is that they are fast,” Karen Edwards, PhD, a professor and chair of the department of epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine, previously told Well+Good. “You get the results immediately, in 10 to 15 minutes, for example.” They’re ideal to use right before a gathering or social event, as they can quickly tell you whether or not you’re potentially infected and contagious.

The New York Times, Aug. 26, 2022 (Opinion)
Opinion: Not the Win We Wanted, but a Win Nonetheless
The Biden administration has finally delivered on its long anticipated student loan cancellation plans. … The Student Loan Law Initiative at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and the Higher Education, Race and the Economy Lab analyzed Biden’s executive order. They estimate that around 41 million debt holders will be eligible for some form of student loan forgiveness, and that 25 million of those people will be eligible for up to $20,000 in student loan forgiveness. Twenty million people, including 3.8 million Black borrowers, could have their entire debts canceled. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Desert Sun, Aug. 26, 2022 (Opinion)
Opinion: Monkeypox won’t remain an ‘MSM disease’ indefinitely, so let’s stop treating it that way
Andrew Noymer, UCI associate professor of public health and Andrew Lover write, “Monkeypox is not an STD — anyone can get it.  We need to craft the public health response accordingly, or pay the price of a much larger epidemic in the end. Now is the time to plan for a severe epidemic, so as to be pleasantly surprised and relieved later.  The first step is to stop calling it an MSM disease. We can’t stem this epidemic by artificially putting it in a box to which it doesn’t belong.

Previously “In the News”