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Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 11, 2022
$57.75M Gift to UC Irvine Will Fund Depression Research
The University of California, Irvine, has received a $57.75 million gift to create a center for research into the causes and treatment of depression, the university announced Monday. The donation comes from the estate of Audrey Steele Burnand, a Newport Beach philanthropist who contributed to the arts, education, conservation and scientific and medical research at institutions throughout Southern California. It is believed to be the largest philanthropic gift ever made to a U.S. university expressly for depression research.

The Washington Post, Feb. 10, 2022
How to decide whether to go maskless as states drop mandates
“If it’s a crowded indoor venue where I don’t know the vaccination status of the folks around me, I’m likely going to wear a mask for the time being,” said David Souleles, University of California, Irvine’s COVID-19 Response Team director. … Souleles described “layers of protection” that help protect against the virus and said the “strongest layer is our vaccination layer. Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate, boost, boost, boost,” he said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

Seniors Matter, Feb. 9, 2022
More healthy behaviors = lower risk of Alzheimer’s, research shows
“People who engaged in more healthy behaviors had a lower risk than people with fewer because all of these things matter, and when it comes to brain-healthy behaviors, more is more!” said Joshua Grill, PhD, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of California, Irvine. “So, we should all try to adopt as many brain-healthy behaviors as we can.”

Healthline, Feb. 8, 2022
How COVID-19 Can Lead to Serious Complications During Pregnancy
Tim Bruckner, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, said scientists are still exploring the mechanisms behind why COVID-19 can cause complications in pregnant people. “Possible pathways involve inflammation during the first or second trimester that affects the placenta and the pregnancy as it progresses toward term, as well as symptoms from the course of COVID-19 infection that adversely affects the birthing person at or around birth,” Bruckner said.

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