UCI News

KABC, Dec. 9, 2020 (Video)
Musicians and medical experts attempt to create new safety protocols for future live events
The Pacific Symphony turned to UCI and its vast network of experts in infectious diseases, to develop their own safety protocols and hope to be a model for how to produce safe live events. … UCI feels its work is critically important as a member of the community. “The resources of the whole campus come together, whether it’s creating new tests or figuring out how to implement care. It’s beautiful, yes, it’s an example of a system working when it’s asked to step up to the plate,” says Steve Goldstein, Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs at UCI.

Daily Pilot, Dec. 9, 2020
UC Irvine researchers develop rapid antibody generation technology that could target COVID-19
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, a team led by UC Irvine and Harvard Medical School researchers started discussing how to apply their ongoing work to the current climate. … “We decided to apply it to some coronavirus targets, the S-protein,” said Chang Liu, UCI assistant professor of biomedical engineering. “As we were furthering our development of the technology, it’s started working very well on these COVID targets.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Forbes, Dec. 9, 2020 (Contributor)
Kobe Bryant And George Floyd: America’s Tragedy And Horror In Two Lives
Douglas Haynes, UCI Vice Chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion writes, “Five months separated the deaths of Kobe Bryant and George Floyd: January 26 and May 25. Fathers of daughters they died young. Bryant was 41 years old and Floyd was 46. Apart from these similarities, the response to their untimely deaths could not be more different. How the country has responded—lauding one as exceptional and regarding the other as typical—highlights the enduring hypocrisy in confronting anti-Blackness in the United States.”

E&E News, Dec. 8, 2020
Death toll of 2018 wildfires soars after including pollution
The study represents an expansive way of calculating disaster costs that is essential for the public to grasp as climate change intensifies events such as wildfires, hurricanes and flooding, said author Steven Davis of the University of California, Irvine. “It’s been a challenge for people arguing to take action on climate change,” Davis said. “It’s very easy to know the benefits of using fossil fuels. But it’s a lot harder to tally up all of these diffuse costs that the climate changing is having. This is just one step in trying to do that.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, Dec 9, 2020
Why intensive-care unit beds are focus of coronavirus shutdowns
At UC Irvine Medical Center, in Orange, all but two of the 68 ICU beds were taken on Wednesday morning — 34 with the coronavirus, 32 without. The hospital, however, still had some room to flex, said spokesman Tom Vasich. “We have capability to double our ICU bed capacity,” Vasich said, “and have enough ventilators to staff them if needed.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

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