UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, Jan. 25, 2021
UCI Plots $1B Health Hub
The University of California, Irvine last week received the green light for a long-awaited medical center on the north side of its Irvine campus. The campus has been named the UCI Medical Center Irvine-Newport. An acute care hospital with emergency and surgery departments and an ambulatory care center will join the previously announced $221 million UCI Health Center for Advanced Care, the latter of which is expected to open late next year. All facilities, spanning about 800,000 square feet combined, are expected to receive patients in 2025. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CBS8, Jan. 22, 2021 (Video)
UC Irvine scientists working on universal vaccine to attack all strains of coronavirus
UC Irvine scientists are working on developing a vaccine that would attack all strains of COVID-19 as well as a potential breakthrough that would solve many of the problems related to distributing the medicine, a UCI professor on the project said Friday. Lbachir BenMohamed, a UCI School of Medicine professor, said his team is developing what they envision will be a vaccine that could work on all strains in the SARS-CoV-2 family.

Orange County Register, Jan. 24, 2021
‘On the cusp of great things’: Dozens of other COVID vaccines working their way to public
Epidemiologist and population health scientist Andrew Noymer at UC Irvine says the single-dose feature is “huge, absolutely huge.” … Scientists are poring over vital variables to understand how the different vaccines perform …. “We’re starting to collect data of that kind now,” said Philip L. Felgner, director of UC Irvine’s Vaccine Research and Development Center and Protein Microarray Laboratory and Training Facility. At UC Irvine’s Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology, director Lbachir BenMohamed is pushing the next frontier — a preemptive, “pan-coronavirus” vaccine …. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 25, 2021
In Orange County, Young Adult Court offers a path to clear felony convictions
Elizabeth Cauffman, a professor of psychological science at UC Irvine who helped launch the program, said it is tailored to individuals and their specific needs, whether it be continuing education or getting a job. … “It’s about getting people second chances at a time where we’re looking for social justice,” Cauffman continued. “This is social justice — accountable, developmentally appropriate ways and providing both the community the safety, and the person the opportunity to become productive members of our society.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Good Housekeeping, Jan. 23, 2021
The Unbearable Weight of Diet Culture
“Whenever we create standards about how we all should live, these norms always benefit those individuals who are already in power,” says Sabrina Strings, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine and the author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia. “What constitutes ‘good’ behavior is going to be far more accessible to white persons, to men, to wealthy persons, than people who do not fit into those categories,” says Strings. This includes conventional thinness, and “when you have been told that you should only have [a certain amount of] calories or that you must keep your BMI here, you will always feel like you are doing either good or bad, right or wrong by sticking to these dictates,” Strings adds.

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