UCI News

KCBS-TV, Feb. 24, 2022 (Video)
University Of California Hospitals Create COVID-19 ‘Long Hauler’ Task Force
University of California hospitals have formed a task force on “long hauler” symptoms. Dr. Jaclyn Leong is the co-director of the UCI Health’s COVID Recovery Clinic, which has been seeing hundreds of patients. “We all work together and address each symptom by organ system, so if you have mental health issues, we have psychiatrists and mental health providers that can help along the way or we have physical therapists if you’re having a lot of muscle weakness or muscle aching,” she said.

Daily Pilot, Feb. 24, 2022
UC Irvine program helps former inmates navigate college
While he was still in school, [Hector] Cervantes was part of a group that advocated to bring a program called Underground Scholars to UC Irvine. … It provides resources and support to formerly incarcerated students on campus, as well as guidance for community college students who want to transfer to a university. Last year, the program was officially established at UC Irvine, and Cervantes was named its director. “I really just want to raise awareness, to let folks know that we’re here to serve them,” Cervantes said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Healthline, Feb. 24, 2022
Do You Need a Booster Shot If You’re Vaccinated and Have Had COVID-19?
“Waiting until your natural immunity goes away is a problem because we don’t know how to track that,” Phil Felgner, PhD, the director of the Vaccine Research & Development Center at the University of California, Irvine, told Healthline. The durability of the COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, on the other hand, has been “really remarkable,” he said. … Felgner and his colleagues at Irvine have been working on a blood test intended to measure immune response among people who have been vaccinated or have had COVID-19.

The 19th, Feb. 25, 2022
History made: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is the first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court
“With Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the court, what we see is a potential justice with the matching credentials of justices who are currently sitting on the court, but she also brings a background that is far more diverse than many judges currently on the court,” said Michele Goodwin, a law [Chancellor’s] Professor with the University of California, Irvine, and an executive committee member of the ACLU. “Americans have yet to see a full and broad diverse representation of themselves by judges on the court.”

Vogue, Feb. 24, 2022
Is Diet Writing Over?
I think the contradictory advice points at a truth at once evident and hard to believe: that our attitudes about fatness and thinness have less to do with fashion or health than with conflicting societal aspirations and fears. Sabrina Strings, [Chancellor’s Fellow & associate professor of sociology] … at the University of California, Irvine, and author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fatphobia, has shown that some of the historical bias against bigger bodies served to distinguish between who “deserved” to be a slave and who deserved to be free.

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