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ABC7, July 10, 2020 (Video)
UCI Health Family Center doctor stresses importance of childhood vaccinations before returning to school
Dr. Jose Mayorga, executive director for UCI Health Family Center says many children are not keeping up with their preventive health care, and points out that part of returning to school safely is vaccinating children to help prevent critical infections, such as the measles and whooping cough.

Orange County Register, July 10, 2020
UC Irvine awarded $14.4 million Alzheimer’s research grant
UCI MIND, formally known as the Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, is one of only 32 Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers around the country funded by the National Institute on Aging, an arm of the NIH. UC Irvine is one of the original half-dozen research centers established by the NIH in the early 1980s to study Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related disorders. … Dr. Joshua Grill, director of UCI MIND since March 2015, called the $14.4 million “an extremely important success for us.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Washington Post, July 11, 2020
Covid-19 causes challenges for years-in-the-making study on babies and poverty
With $17 million in funding and a team of prominent psychologists and neuroscientists overseeing it, the Baby’s First Years study has the potential to be a landmark examination of the relationship between poverty and brain development in children. … The groundwork for Baby’s First Years started in 2013 with prize money from the Jacobs Foundation to Greg Duncan, a professor of education at the University of California, Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Financial Times, July 12, 2020 (Subscription)
Opinion: Universities must offer more than ‘Zoom from your room’
It is often said that every crisis brings an opportunity. Richard Arum, dean of the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine, has suggested that elite institutions, forced to resort to online technologies, should now help develop “online learning options complementary in practice and commensurate in quality to face-to-face instruction”. This would benefit their own students and those whose “life circumstances make them unable to leave their family homes and forgo paid work to attend college” on a residential campus. [Subscription required, access for current UCI staff, faculty and students provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ft]

TODAY, July 10, 2020
Is it safe to camp right now? What you should know
Speaking of bathrooms, Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director, epidemiology & infection prevention, infectious diseases, at University California, Irvine noted that there’s been speculation over whether ‘toilet plumes’ can cause you to catch COVID-19. At this point in time, “knowing what we know about the virus”, Gohil finds this concern to be highly improbable. … Gohil also underscores the importance of bringing portable, easy-to-access hand sanitizer. … “Absolutely wear your mask if you are within six feet of others,” Gohil said. “This is important even if you’re outdoors in the open air.”

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