UCI News

KABC, Jan. 15, 2021 (Video)
UCI researchers developing vaccine designed to prevent future coronavirus outbreaks
Scientists at UC Irvine are developing a vaccine designed to prevent future coronavirus outbreaks. …UCI professor Lbachir BenMohamed, Ph.D. said it’s not a matter of if another coronavirus will emerge, but when. …BenMohamed and his team at the UCI School of Medicine are working on a pre-emptive strike — a universal vaccine that can protect against all forms of the coronavirus. … Early trials have produced promising results.

MSN Money (Stacker), Jan. 17, 2021
Public colleges with the best return on investment

#32. University of California, Irvine

– 40-year NPV: $1,244,000
– 10-year NPV: $150,000
– Graduation rate: 86%
– Median debt: $15,000

The New York Times called the University of California, Irvine “the number one school in the country doing the most for the American dream,” meaning it ensures its students aren’t just coming from the 1%, but from all economic levels and backgrounds. If that doesn’t speak highly enough about the 37,000 student-strong school, maybe this will: UC Irvine has a 93% one-year retention rate and an 83% graduation rate over six years. Graduates will join the nearly 200,000 former alumni who work in medicine, education, law, and biomedical engineering, among other fields. [70/101 slides]

Daily Pilot, Jan. 16, 2021 (Front page – print edition)
‘We exist in other ways … to see us, to find us’ — UC Irvine debuts ‘The Black Index’ exhibition
Bridget Cooks, an associate professor of African American studies and art history at UC Irvine, said in an interview Saturday that the idea for what is now “The Black Index,” an exhibition of works from six different artists that debuted Thursday, rose from an essay that she’d written for a textbook released just last year called “A Companion to Contemporary Drawing.” … Cooks, who is Black, said that she’d decided on the topic when she, along with millions of others, struggled to contend with what she describes is the normalization of Black death. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Forbes, Jan. 15, 2021 (Contributor)
10 Stories All Tech Executives Should Read
How CIOs Should Reroute Digital Transformation in the COVID-19 Crisis, Forbes. Published in March, around the time that many IT teams in the U.S. were thinking through their pandemic response plans, this piece discusses how leaders could prioritize digital transformation investments in an uncertain environment. Vijay Gurbaxani, who is a [business] professor at the University of California Irvine, provides a framework for executives thinking about how to articulate company values and prioritize technology investments when the road ahead was far from clear.

Orange County Business Journal, Jan. 18, 2021
UCI Cybersecurity Group To Help Counter Threats
With cybersecurity taking on even greater prominence, the Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine will be undertaking several initiatives to analyze and help counter increasingly dangerous computer threats. “The UCI Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute will continue our research and scholarship efforts in 2021 to meet the many cybersecurity-related challenges facing Orange County, the United States, and the world,” said CPRI Executive Director Bryan Cunningham. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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