UCI News

Orange County Register, Dec. 2, 2020 (Front page print edition)
With the pandemic boosting college stress, the UC system is boosting the course “Life 101”
Starting next month, “Life 101,” a two-unit course taught at UC Irvine since 2013, will be expanded and made available for students at any UC campus. In addition to helping students in everything from nutrition to health management, the course teaches students how to recognize and manage stress. … “My goal is for students to really pay attention to their mental and physical health,” said Mahtab Jafari, a UCI professor of pharmaceutical sciences who created the course seven years ago. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 2, 2020 (Contributor)
A Booster Shot for Anti-Virus Research
For all the advances in modern medicine, there are relatively few options for treating viruses, and the treatments that do exist are often specific to the virus, and fail when the virus mutates. “Viruses change their clothes often,” evading the immune system every cold and flu season, and outsmarting treatments that target them, explains Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Health in Irvine, California.

Newsweek, Dec. 2, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: Dear President-Elect Biden: It’s Time to Actually Abolish Slavery in America
Michele Goodwin, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law writes, “Today, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), announced the Abolition Amendment, to end slavery once and for all in the United States. Legislation like this is long overdue at the state and federal levels. Slavery was and continues to be a status-based condition in the United States. … Many people believe the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery for good in 1865, because that’s the story Americans were taught to believe. However, this important amendment has a clever loophole. It permits slavery if a person is convicted of a crime.”

CBS Los Angeles, Dec. 2, 2020
OC Health Officials Report Jump In COVID-19 Hospitalizations; Cases Surpass 80K
Health officials also reported 1,208 new coronavirus cases and one additional fatality Wednesday. … “In the last two days, we’ve picked up 84 in hospitals,” said Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine associate professor of population health and disease prevention. “That’s like a 50% increase. It’s getting worse before our very eyes.” “We can’t take much more than the 722 we had in July,” Noymer said. “It’s going to get worse is the problem. It’s going to exceed 722. We’re pushing into unknown territory,” Noymer said.

TechCrunch, Dec. 2, 2020
Gift Guide: The best books for 2020 recommended by VCs and TechCrunch writers (Part 1)
Anyone who manages money, invests in others’ livelihoods or lives in America should read “The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap” by Mehrsa Baradaran, an associate dean and [law] professor at the University of California, Irvine and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. Baradaran’s 2017 book explores the past efforts to create economic inclusion in the United States, how they have not succeeded and how any real attempts to improve the wealth gap would need to improve access to capital, among other solutions.

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