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Forbes, Feb. 15, 2022 (Senior contributor)
University Of California, Irvine Launches Institute For Precision Health
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) is launching an Institute for Precision Health. According to the University’s announcement today, the new institute will bring together several of UCI’s strengths – in health sciences, engineering, machine learning, artificial intelligence, clinical genomics and data science – under the institute’s umbrella, helping advance a rapidly emerging strategy in health care. Precision Medicine is an approach that’s based on a detailed understanding of an individual’s genes, biological test results, health history, environment, and lifestyle. All this patient data is combined through computer algorithms, predictive modeling and artificial intelligence to arrive at personalized treatment recommendations.

Orange County Business Journal, Feb. 14, 2022
OC’s Largest Gifts Soar 92% to $393M
The largest donation made in 2021 was $57.8 million, from Audrey Steele Burnand to the University of California, Irvine, to study depression. … For the second straight year, UCI led the donor list, receiving 36 donations totaling $177.7 million, which is almost triple the amount it received in 2020. … Other notable gifts …. The Sue J. Gross Foundation gave $3 million to UCI for nursing Ph.D. scholarships and the construction of a high-tech, state-of-the-art simulations center for team-based interprofessional exercises. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CNN, Feb. 14, 2022
The West’s megadrought is worst in 1,200 years. Los Angeles is taking wastewater recycling to the extreme
“There’s good documentation that, in fact, there is less rainfall. What seems to be happening according to most of the climate scientists is we’re getting longer, drier periods,” said David Feldman, professor of urban planning and public policy at University of California, Irvine, and director of Water UCI. “But the irony is those longer, drier periods are punctuated by very intense storm events.”

Discover Magazine, Feb. 14, 2022
Cold Weather Affects Our Bodies in Surprising Ways
The upper airways narrow during cold temperatures because your body is trying to get warm, explains Shruti Gohil, M.D., an assistant professor of infectious diseases at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. To avoid losing heat, your body constricts the blood vessels to any surface areas interacting with the cold environment, like the lungs. … “One reason we have seasonal viral infections is that the lower the temperature, the more robust it can be in the environment,” Gohil says. … “It’s [also] possible you see it in cold because you’re probably indoors more and in contact with your household.”

ARTnews, Feb. 14, 2022
Ulysses Jenkins Has Been Using Video Art to Confront Racism for Decades. Now, He’s Stepping Into the Spotlight.
Despite not being quite as famous as many of his contemporaries, Ulysses Jenkins, [UCI professor, video, performance art], is an influential artist who has shaped video history, even if some don’t know it. … Now, Jenkins is the subject of his first retrospective, which is traveling to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles this month …. In January, ARTnews spoke with Jenkins by Zoom to hear more about the show.

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