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The Orange County Register, Feb. 7, 2022
UCI gets $55 million to create center focused on depression research
With the help of a $55 million donation, UC Irvine will develop a center on campus dedicated to research on depression, where top-notch experts will be recruited to study causes and treatment of the disease. The money was gifted by Newport Beach resident Audrey Steele Burnand, as part of her estate. The philanthropist, who died in June 2020, earmarked the funds in her will for the specific purpose of establishing a depression research center at UCI. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Orange County Business Journal, Feb. 7, 2022
OCBJ Insider
Next week’s Business Journal features our annual list of the Largest Charitable Gifts in OC … with local colleges drawing the biggest amount of donations.  The top of the list sees a newly announced gift: The estate of Audrey Steele Burnand just disclosed a $57.8 million donation to UCI. More than $55 million of the gift is to fund the creation of a new center at UCI that will pursue research into the causes and treatment of depression. It’s believed to be the largest philanthropic donation to a U.S. university to support research focused solely on depression, the school says. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

HuffPost, Feb. 7, 2022
Read This Before You Get Excited About Weed Preventing COVID
“THC and CBD have very, very broadly different effects,” Daniele Piomelli, the [Distinguished Professor of anatomy & neurobiology and] director, Center for the Study of Cannabis said. If you lump THC and CBD together, people might get the wrong idea that smoking pot or taking edibles might protect them from COVID. … Even though CBD may have some antiviral properties, scientists who study the effects of cannabis do not recommend using weed — in any form — in an effort to prevent or treat COVID. Piomelli’s message to those who are eager to explore how weed interacts with the coronavirus: “Be careful.”

Literary Hub, Feb. 7, 2022
Jeffrey Wasserstrom on Censorship and Translated Literature in China
We’re joined by Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History at UC Irvine. He’s one of America’s leading China specialists and has written several important books, including Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink, also published by Columbia Global Reports. There’s no better guest to help us wade into the intricate and nuanced realities of China, a country that the US has locked in its gaze.


Quanta Magazine, Feb. 7, 2022
Quantum Complexity Tamed by Machine Learning
Topping the list was the most heavily cited idea in the physical sciences — though few have ever heard of it. “It’s ridiculously important,” said Kieron Burke, [Distinguished Professor of chemistry] at the University of California, Irvine. “It’s one of the most important things in science.” Science’s best-kept secret goes by the name of density functional theory (DFT), and it is the chief method physicists and chemists use to understand just about anything more complicated than a hydrogen atom.


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