UCI News

Spectrum News 1, Jan. 28, 2021 (Video)
UC Irvine Researchers Working on a Vaccine for All Coronaviruses
UC Irvine professor Lbachir BenMohamed, PhD, director of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology at the university’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, and his colleagues are developing a preemptive vaccine for all coronaviruses with a multi-million-dollar grant from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Because coronaviruses can mutate, experts at UCI have developed a vaccine that will attack the spike protein and additional proteins in SARS-Cov-2.

KCBS, Feb. 1, 2021 (Video)
Tony Bennett’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Again Puts Spotlight On Link Between Music, Memory
The link between music and memory is something scientists and doctors at UC Irvine are continuing to study at UCI Mind — an institute for memory impairments and neurological disorders that’s at the forefront of Alzheimer’s disease research. “It turns out that, not surprisingly, the brain handles different kinds of information differently, and music is different from language, from recognizing words, and other things and things around us,” Dr. David Sultzer, director of clinical research at UCI Mind, said.

Daily Pilot, Feb. 1, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: Apodaca: UC Irvine law professor sees college degrees as a way to reduce recidivism
Keramet Reiter has always had a passion for social justice …. An associate professor at UC Irvine’s School of Law since 2012, Reiter is now spearheading an important effort to expand educational opportunities for the state’s prison population. … Her efforts culminated in an announcement late last year that UCI would partner with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to design an in-prison Bachelor of Arts program. Dubbed Leveraging Inspiring Futures Through Educational Degrees, or LIFTED …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Sierra Club, Feb. 2, 2021
Inside 2020’s Black Solidarity Hashtag Movement
A team of neuroscientists, neuro-engineers, and science communicators organized #BlackInNeuroWeek, “a social media initiative aimed at celebrating, amplifying, and supporting Black voices in STEM.” … Lead organizer Angeline Dukes, a graduate student researcher at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, said that Black In Neuro Week also aimed to reach burgeoning scientists. “I hope that some Black K-12 students and undergraduates see us doing science and are inspired by it,” Dukes said.

KPCC, Feb. 1, 2021 (Audio)
What President Biden’s Climate Change Plan Means For Climate Science, Policymakers & More
Last week, President Biden’s administration began implementing a new climate change approach, one which includes rejoining international climate policies and investing in renewable energy. Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about President Biden’s climate plan, the economics of it, and what climate scientists hope to see from a Biden presidency. … Guests: Michael Méndez, assistant professor of environmental planning and policy at the University of California, Irvine and author of “Climate Change from the Streets: How Conflict and Collaboration Strengthen the Environmental Justice Movement” ….

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