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KCBS, Feb. 9, 2021 (Video)
Antibody Treatment To Help Keep High-Risk Coronavirus Patients Out Of Hospitals
An infusion center was set up at UC Irvine Health in Orange, where nearly 200 newly diagnosed coronavirus patients came for a special IV treatment. Doctors say in nearly every case the monoclonal antibody medication, or BAM, has kept some high-risk coronavirus patients out of the hospital. “We have found that 97 percent in our last data lock 97 percent of patients have never, 99 percent never come into the hospital,” said Dr. Alpesh Amin, Professor and Chair of UCI’s Department of Medicine.

EdSurge, Feb. 9, 2021
When the Animated Bunny in the TV Show Listens for Kids’ Answers — and Answers Back
“Elinor can understand the child’s response and then make a contingent response to that,” says Mark Warschauer, professor of education at the University of California, Irvine and director of its Digital Learning Lab. AI is coming to early childhood education. … Can artificial intelligence help children participate with, and not just consume, media? That’s what experts at the Digital Learning Lab and PBS hope to find out—with help from an animated bunny.

Los Angeles Times, Feb. 10, 2021
California’s aging dams face new perils, 50 years after Sylmar quake crisis
“Emerging data of massive simulations of flooding suggest that existing flood control systems are a ticking time bomb,” said Brett Sanders, a professor of civil engineering at UC Irvine. “Southern California, in particular, is completely unprepared to deal with the consequences.” “Once the water goes outside of the structures intended to rein it in, it will go everywhere,” he said, “and there will be little time to get out of its way. … We ought to start spending more time studying the potential catastrophic risks to working-class communities in the floodplains.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CNN, Feb. 10, 2021
Twitter is stuck between a rock and a hard place in India
But India, with more than three times the population of the United States and a very different social and political context, presents one of the trickiest challenges to Twitter outside its home country. … “The fundamental problem is consistency … are they able to do the same kind of contextual analysis that they did around QAnon posts, hydroxychloroquine posts and Trump’s incitement?” said David Kaye, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine who previously served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. “India is a really great example of how hard that is.”

The Washington Post, Feb. 7, 2021
U.K. coronavirus variant spreading rapidly through United States, study finds
The coronavirus variant that shut down much of the United Kingdom is spreading rapidly across the United States, outcompeting other strains and doubling its prevalence among confirmed infections every week and a half, according to new research made public Sunday. … What concerns me is the exponential growth in the early stages doesn’t look very fast,” said Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health and], epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine who was not part of the new study. “It kind of putzes along — and then goes boom.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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