UCI News

USA Today, Dec. 13, 2020
Role-playing, planning for earthquakes, mass training: US health care centers prep for arrival of COVID-19 vaccine
“We did our final run-through exercise today,” said Dr. Nasim Afsar, chief operating officer for UCI Health in Orange, California. The team role-played the entire process, from vaccine arriving at the loading dock to an injection being given. … “We’ve got a detailed plan for when it arrives, involving our public safety staff and our police force. It will be stored in a badge-access-only space with cameras and will be monitored 24/7,” Afsar said.

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 12, 2020
Several UC chancellors call for tuition increase amid pandemic-fueled budget crisis
UC Irvine’s interim provost, Hal Stern, said he agreed “a hundred percent” that it was time to talk about tuition rates, even though the campus was able to fill a $67-million budget shortfall and achieve its UC-imposed $12-million savings target with no pandemic-driven furloughs or layoffs this year. Stern said the campus instead dug into reserves, made a 2% budget cut and dramatically slowed down hiring, including largely pausing midway through a plan to add 250 new faculty. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Business Journal, Dec. 14, 2020
OC Hospitals Ready to Distribute Vaccine
“News of a vaccine is a sign of the virus’ last deep breath—a long, deep breath that will take time,” Chad Lefteris, chief executive of UCI Health, told the Business Journal. “It does create a sense of a light at the end of the tunnel.” … UCI Health has purchased additional ultra-low temperature freezers so that it can provide the vaccine to healthcare workers and, when the time comes, the community at large. It also has access to additional freezers that are typically used for research materials on the University of California, Irvine campus in Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, Dec. 13, 2020
Vaccinated? Show Us Your App
“Protecting public health has historically been used as a proxy for discrimination,” said Professor Michele Goodwin, a law professor who directs the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine. “That is the real concern — the potential to use these apps as proxies for keeping certain people away and out.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Verywell Mind, Dec. 10, 2020
Earlier Intervention Is Needed for Children at Risk for Self-Harm
“It is easy for parents and teachers to miss the signs of internalizing problems—things like anxiety and depression—in children because oftentimes children don’t know how to express what is happening within them,” says Jessie Borelli, PhD, an associate professor of psychological science at University of California, Irvine.

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