UCI News

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 6, 2021 (Op-ed)
Op-Ed: China’s year of repression ends with a cruel Christmas tradition
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history and others write, “As the world struggled with the COVID-19 pandemic during the holiday season and Americans focused on Donald Trump’s frantic efforts to overturn the election he lost, China ended the year in a typical manner. As usual, the Chinese authorities embarked on their annual Christmas tradition of locking up dissidents and critics when the world was too distracted to pay attention.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, Dec. 24, 2020
This tool helps predict which COVID patients will need hospitalization and which can be sent home
As emergency rooms brace for a surge atop a surge, UC Irvine has unveiled a free, online tool to help health care pros predict which patients might be safely sent home, and which might need the most critical care. “The goal is to give an earlier alert to clinicians to identify patients who may be vulnerable at the onset,” said Daniel S. Chow, an assistant professor in residence in radiological sciences and first author of a study published in PLOS ONE, …. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Al Jazeera, Jan. 5, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: COVID-19, the university, and reimagining the common good
Mark LeVine, UCI history professor writes, “Witnessing my university community come together to construct a COVID field hospital made me believe there is still some hope for our educational institutions, and our future. … ‘To do our job in this environment,’ as my colleague Doug Haynes, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCI told me, ‘the university increasingly, by necessity, has to become an instrument of social welfare and justice.””

Daily Mail, Jan. 5, 2021
Methane-based rocket fuel can be made on MARS in a one-step process that uses zinc and a small portable device, physicist claims
Physicists at the University of California, Irvine have set out solve a pressing problem for space travelers: How can astronauts have enough fuel to travel back to Earth from Mars? … Now, Houlin Xin and his team at UCI devised a process that uses a single-atom zinc catalyst, allowing for just one step with a small portable device.

tbs eFM This Morning, Jan. 5, 2021 (Podcast)
Featured interview: Controversy and feasibility of vaccine passports in the post-COVID era
“Part of the problem is … moving to an app that requires a smartphone. Smartphones can be very expensive … and clearly that would disadvantage people who still have a right to travel but who happen to be poorer people who cannot afford such apps. Or people who could afford such apps, but don’t want to have to purchase a smartphone, in order to be able to access the right to travel,” says Michele Bratcher Goodwin, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law.

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