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Orange County Business Journal, Feb. 8, 2021
Charitable Giving Aimed At Greatest Needs in 2020
Orange County philanthropists met the COVID-19 pandemic with a surge in support for patients, caregivers and students in 2020, area foundation execs say. “Our donors wanted to help people,” Brian Hervey, vice chancellor of university advancement and alumni relations at the University of California, Irvine, told the Business Journal. “Things like student support, basic scientific research—there were a lot more gifts in those areas. People gave from the heart to support the community during a difficult time,” he said. … Likewise, “unrestricted donations gave our health leaders a lot of flexibility in determining the greatest need at the time” at UCI, Hervey said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Yahoo News (KCBS), Feb. 6, 2021 (Video)
UC Irvine Healthcare Workers Get Free Tickets To Super Bowl In Tampa Bay
A team of frontline healthcare workers at the University of California, Irvine attended the Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida Sunday with free tickets reserved as a token of gratitude for helping COVID-19 patients. … “We got a notice about a week ago that we were going,” said Cipriano Macabuhay, a respiratory therapist with UCI. … “It really does mean a lot because I think the 12 of us here representing UC Irvine are representative of a larger fraternity of healthcare employees who have really poured their heart and soul and sacrificed a lot,” added Macabuhay.

CNBC, Feb. 8, 2021
Tahiti’s sudden tourism restrictions provide a lesson to people who can’t wait to travel
“We are still in a pandemic and the conditions are unpredictable and can change rapidly,” said Karen L. Edwards, chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.

CalMatters, Feb. 8, 2021 (Guest Commentary)
Commentary: Racial (in)justice and the UC budget crisis
Bill Maurer, UCI dean of social sciences and others write, “The UC student population now mirrors the racial and ethnic demographics of our state, with 63% of the admitted students in the class of 2024 who identify as Latinx, Asian American, Black or Pacific Islander. This diversity makes the UC a powerful engine of upward mobility and a potential brake on the trend toward deepening economic inequality. While the budget crunch brought on by the pandemic is not likely to reverse this positive demographic trajectory, we fear that it could lead our university to fail to deliver on the soaring hopes for social mobility that this progress has raised.”

AP, Feb. 5, 2021
California adds mass vaccination sites despite short supply
Andrew Noymer, a public health professor at the University of California, Irvine, said ensuring second doses is the right move. “Nobody likes to hear they halted first doses, but I think it’s infuriating to skip the second doses,” he said. “If we don’t get significantly more doses of vaccine then we’re in bigger trouble than bickering over who gets the second dose.”

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