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Orange County Business Journal, Jan. 4, 2021
Gillman Turned UCI ‘On a Dime’
It’s clear that the University of California, Irvine didn’t sit the pandemic out. The university, which contributes about $5 billion to the Orange County economy every year, turned “on a dime,” according to Chancellor Howard Gillman. … The university … moved to remote work and academic instruction, while maintaining essential research and preparing its academic health system for patient care. … For those reasons the Business Journal selected Gillman as an executive of the year, in the educational sector [Business People of the Year.] [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, Dec. 20, 2020
Most Influential: Meet Orange County’s 100 top influencers for 2020

Elizabeth Cauffman
The UCI professor launched a “young adult court” program in 2018 after receiving a $780,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice that helps young men who have served time get back on their feet and clear their record. The program had its first graduate in June.

Dr. Michael Drake
The former UC Irvine chancellor was named president of UC statewide, the first Black person to hold the job.

Howard Gillman
UC Irvine’s chancellor oversaw what some call the greatest crisis in the school’s 55-year-history with the drastic changes necessitated by the pandemic. Most on-campus activities were suspended in a shift to remote instruction. At the same time, UCI Health became a focus of Orange County’s fight against COVID-19.

Rick Hasen
The UC Irvine professor has been quoted by or appeared on just about every news outlet out there as an expert on election law, opining about the Trump campaign’s numerous unsuccessful legal challenges.

Andrew Noymer
The epidemiologist and professor of public health at UC Irvine has become an essential and independent interpreter of Orange County’s pandemic trends.

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KABC-TV, Dec. 30, 2020 (Video)
Orange County’s UCI Health opens mobile field hospital to handle coronavirus surge
Twenty-two patients were receiving medical care as of Wednesday morning at a mobile field hospital outside UCI Health. Administrators at UCI Health said they’ve been preparing for it over the last six months – a surge in COVID-19 cases after holiday gatherings. Dr. Sebastian Schubl was named the medical director of the facility. “We’ve seen an unrelenting rise in the number of admitted COVID patients for weeks now,” Schubl said in a press conference Wednesday. … Schubl said low-acuity patients would receive care there and staffing wasn’t an issue.

Spectrum News 1, Dec. 24, 2020 (Video)
UCI Health Builds Mobile Field Hospital in Parking Lot
At UCI Health in Orange the extra beds are inside what’s called a mobile field hospital (MFH), which is a vinyl-like tent designed by the military. A team had been working on constructing the MPH since Sunday. … [Paul] Bhatia was one of the handful of students at UC Irvine who are also members of the Anteater Emergency Medical Services student organization who have volunteered to help build the MPH. On Tuesday, the team was busy working on the floor of one of two lavatories.

Los Angeles Times, Dec. 23, 2020
Young artists reflect on their first semester of college during COVID-19
A first-generation college student, Natalie Aronno chose to study dance at UC Irvine, a school close to her home in South Gate, because her tuition would be fully covered by federal aid. Aronno recently wrapped up the fall quarter from home, where all her classes were held over Zoom. … “I ended up enjoying those a lot more than I expected, because the teachers really did pay attention to us, commenting on our technique, correcting us and really helping us grow,” she said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, Dec. 31, 2020
Once a Fringe Idea, the $15 Minimum Wage Is Making Big Gains
Increasing the minimum wage could lead employers to lay off some workers in order to pay others more, said David Neumark, an economics professor at the University of California, Irvine. “There’s a ton of research that says increasing minimum wages can cause some job loss,” he said. “Plenty workers are helped, but some are hurt.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

NBC News, Jan. 1, 2021
A club nobody ‘wanted to join’: How Covid widows are finding support through Facebook
Decades of research show that support groups can be beneficial to those suffering a common trauma, said Dana Rose Garfin, a psychologist. “Everybody tries to help, and nobody knows what to say,” said Garfin, an assistant adjunct professor at the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing at the University of California, Irvine. “But when other people have had that same experience, there is a level of empathy and understanding that can be deeply comforting.”

Daily Pilot, Dec. 23, 2020
UC Irvine-led study reveals nuance to the experiences of undocumented students across California
Numbers, whether in the form of pay scales, revenue or surveys, tend to move the needle when it comes to policies and practices. That’s what a UC Irvine-led study aims to do — provide insightful findings to help university administrators meet the needs of undocumented students. … [Laura] Enriquez, the report’s lead study author, started researching undocumented students when she arrived at UCI …. Since the initial wave of data from 2015, Enriquez and Annie Ro, UCI assistant professor in public health, have been focused on undocumented students’ mental health conditions, needs and experiences. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Guardian, Dec. 31, 2020
‘The US isn’t an option anymore’: why California’s immigrants are heading back to Mexico
Throughout US history, there have been “periods of inclusion, and periods of exclusion”, said Rubén G Rumbaut, a sociologist at the University of California, Irvine.  … “When there’s a perception of threat, it becomes easier for leaders to manipulate the masses to scapegoat foreigners,” he said. “But California’s economy, even more now, is heavily dependent on immigrant labor,” Rumbaut added. “And once the pandemic is brought under control, immigrant labor will be essential to economic recovery.”

KPCC, Dec. 29, 2020 (Audio)
DOC AMA: LA Hospitals in Crisis Mode, Low Oxygen Supply & More
In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, guest host Austin Cross speaks with Shruti Gohil, M.D., professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine. Today’s topics include: …

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