UCI News

Daily Pilot, Dec. 17, 2020 (Front page print edition)
UC Irvine signs memorandum of understanding with state for in-prison B.A. program
Inmates at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego will now have a chance to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UC Irvine. … The program, which is called Leveraging Inspiring Futures Through Educational Degrees or LIFTED, is expected to begin in fall 2022. Keramet Reiter, an associate professor of criminology, law and society and director of the LIFTED program, said Wednesday that recidivism of inmates returning to their communities is “greatly diminished” if they earn a college degree while incarcerated. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KCBS, Dec. 16, 2020 (Video)
Evaluating Pandemic Protections: CDC To Start Rating Effectiveness Of Face Coverings
“When people wear masks that are made of cloth and don’t have any kind of a rated insert… not really doing anybody any good,” said UCI epidemiologist Dr. Andrew Noymer. The CDC is looking at creating two labels, one for masks that filter 50% of droplets and one for masks that filter 80% of droplets. “This is a great idea. Right now NIOSH (the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) basically has the N95 rating, which is the best kind of mask, and everything else is just a mask.”

Orange County Register, Dec. 17, 2020
More vaccines on the way, in meantime Orange County likely under stay-home orders for another month
“This is a longer game. We absolutely need to keep up all the precautionary measures we have now,” said Jan Hirsch, dean of UCI’s pharmacy school. “We will get out the other end of the tunnel.” … And by sometime next year, people could have more vaccines to choose from. Hoag, City of Hope and UC Irvine are all researching different vaccines …. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

InStyle, Dec. 16, 2020
10 Unexpected New Year’s Resolutions That Will Actually Make Your Life Better
Hide your “self” view on Zoom. … “This more closely mimics in-person interactions, reduces critical self-focus, and allows you to be more present,” notes Jessica Borelli, an associate professor of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology.

Chemical & Engineering News, Dec. 18, 2020
Experts predict 2021’s big chemistry trends
Vy M. Dong, UCI professor and organic chemist, “We will see a spike in interdisciplinary projects aimed at understanding and preventing pandemics. At UC Irvine, I see biophysical chemists predicting virus sequences, atmospheric chemists designing masks, and synthetic chemists working on protease inhibitors. The paradox of being socially distanced while also just a click away from everyone is a unique recipe for creativity.”

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