UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, Feb. 14, 2022
UCI’s 2021 Fundraising Tally Hits $248M Thanks to ‘Grateful Donors’
Orange County philanthropists who count personal connections to the University of California, Irvine helped make 2021 the second-largest fundraising year in the university’s history. … All donations made to the UCI enterprise are part of the university’s Brilliant Future Campaign, described as the largest philanthropic effort in Orange County history. Publicly launched in October 2019, the campaign seeks to garner $2 billion from community members and the university’s 75,000 alumni. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KTLA5, Feb. 11, 2022
How likely is an L.A. COVID spike after the Super Bowl?
KTLA spoke with an epidemiology expert from UC Irvine who said he doesn’t believe there will be a new surge after the big game. “I’m not predicting sort of a calamitous new wave sparked by the Super Bowl,” said Andrew Noymer, associate professor of [public health] at UC Irvine. … COVID-19 vaccines are a “huge game changer,” Noymer said. “The timing of the Super Bowl coming during declining test positivity, declining prevalence, declining incidence of the virus means that we can get away with a lot more than we would have been able to four weeks ago, or probably six weeks ago.”

Los Angeles Times, Feb. 11, 2022
What’s behind Republican anger at the NFL? Shifting views on race
The belief that whites face discrimination was “a potent predictor of support for Trump in the 2016 primaries,” noted Michael Tesler, UC Irvine professor of political science, who wrote a book on that campaign with political scientists Lynn Vavreck of UCLA and John Sides of Vanderbilt University. That viewpoint “also predicted general election votes in 2016 and 2020.” “With the party’s base increasingly animated by racial grievances,” he added, “these explicit appeals to white identity politics are increasingly characterizing GOP messaging in the post-Trump era.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Parents, Feb. 11, 2022
Does My Child Have COVID-19 or the Stomach Flu?
What’s more, some children with COVID-19 only have GI symptoms, adds José Mayorga, M.D., Executive Director of UCI Health Family Health Centers. He has seen this among his patients and his own children. “It actually happened in my own family,” he shares. “One of my daughter’s had the classic upper respiratory infection, the other one had stomach issues. They both tested positive for COVID.” … Dr. Mayorga adds that, because COVID-19 in children can sometimes present with GI symptoms alone, it’s usually best to get tested if you’re unsure. This is especially true during COVID-19 surges.

WNYC, Feb. 14, 2022 (Audio)
Straphangers speak about subway safety, mental health a month after fatal shoving
“There’s no one size fits all response to tragedy,” said Roxane Cohen Silver, a psychology [Distinguished] Professor at the University of California, Irvine. “Any implication that there is one right way and one wrong way does not fit the data.”

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