UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, Feb. 22, 2022
UCI Startup Makes Strides on Universal Vaccine
[Gavin] Herbert … has rounded up a who’s who of pharmaceutical, biotech, clinical research and drug development experts to help run a new startup in Irvine called TechImmune LLC. … The roots in TechImmune are in the decades-long work of UCI professor of immunology Lbachir BenMohamed, director of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology at the school’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 23, 2022
Olympic Rower Duvall Hecht Pioneered Audio Books
Commuting to his job in downtown Los Angeles in the early 1970s, Duvall Hecht got tired of listening to what he called “bad music and worse news.” … Then Mr. Hecht, a marketing manager for a securities firm who had won a gold medal in rowing at the 1956 Olympics, hit on a business idea: recording books on cassette tapes, then becoming popular as players were installed in more cars. In 1975, Mr. Hecht set up Books on Tape Inc., using seed money partly raised by selling his 10-year-old Porsche. … In his free time, he founded a rowing program at the University of California, Irvine, where he served as a coach and fundraiser for decades. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Long Beach Press-Telegram, Feb. 20, 2022
Rich Archbold: My cancer journey starts one day at a time
[My doctor] said I needed to see oncologists who were experts at treating melanomas at the UCI Medical Center in the city of Orange — and to do so as quickly as possible. The seriousness of my condition hit home even harder when I met Dr. Maki Yamamoto, a highly regarded, blunt-speaking surgeon at UCI’s Chao Cancer Center. “I’m not going to sugarcoat this,” she told me at our first meeting. “Your melanoma is deep, at least 5 millimeters deep, and there’s a good chance it’s spreading.” … All of that was 16 days ago. My recovery from the surgery has gone well. … [My wife Pat] likened the medical center to an efficient, well-oiled machine, with professional and caring staff people at all positions. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Inverse, Feb. 22, 2022
The dangerous way tourism is polluting Antarctica and accelerating melting
Charles Zender,  an atmospheric physicist [and professor, Earth system science] at the University of California, Irvine, who was uninvolved in the new research, agrees. “The fraction of Earth’s most wild, distant, and unexplored continent that is pristine is beginning to shrink. And that should be a wake-up call,” he tells Inverse. Although soot isn’t causing widespread ice loss in Antarctica yet, Zender points out it’s a possible risk in the future. “This black carbon accumulation is like a cancer,” he says. As the world continues to warm, the area of annual Antarctic snowmelt is increasing. “The black carbon on top of that makes the march of melt towards the South Pole that much faster.”

Discover Magazine, Feb. 22, 2022
Determining if Dementia Is Uniquely Human
Aging dogs can develop canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD), sometimes known as “doggie dementia.” The brains of dogs with CCD show only amyloid beta plaques, not tau tangles, but their symptoms are similar to the symptoms of dementia in humans, explains Elizabeth Head, [professor of medicine and] director of the graduate program in experimental pathology at the University of California, Irvine. “They’ll forget how to signal that they need to go out,” Head says. “In the more severe stages of the disease, they can become incontinent and may not recognize people.” She points out that because dogs live closely with humans, any behavioral changes or other symptoms of dementia would be easy to spot. The same goes for cats.

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