UCI News

Spectrum News1, July 2, 2020 (Video)
UC Irvine Researchers exploring using Blu ray diodes to combat COVID19
From playing your favorite DVD movies to zapping the coronavirus, University of California, Irvine physicists are researching the use of diodes from Blu-ray devices as a laser light source for ultraviolet contamination applications, which include everything from masks to units installed in air conditioning ducts. Spectrum News One’s Jo Kwon spoke with UCI physics professor Chris Barty to get an update on the project.

The Washington Post, July 13, 2020 (Blog)
Why this pandemic is a good time to stop forcing prospective lawyers to take bar exams
This post takes an in-depth look at the problems with giving in-person bar exams during the pandemic and, more broadly, about whether it makes sense to retain the exam system. The authors, who call for an end to bar exams, are: Donna Saadati-Soto, Pilar Margarita Hernández Escontrías [UCI law almuna], Alyssa Leader and Emily Croucher [UCI law alumna]. The solution they are proposing is diploma privilege. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Fox 11 Los Angeles (CNS), July 14, 2020
OC school board approves reopening in-person classes without masks, social distancing
Dr. Dan Cooper, a UC Irvine professor of pediatrics, told City News Service that he advocates for children returning to school, but only if there is a plan that includes social distancing, face coverings, and what to do if there is an outbreak. Cooper said the board’s recommendation is a “nonsensical approach” to COVID-19.  “I hate to say this because it’s one of those pejorative phrases, but there will be blood on their hands” if any school districts adopt the recommendations, Cooper said.

The Sacramento Bee, July 13, 2020
COVID-19 test results are delayed in some states as surge in cases overloads labs
“Testing is the foundation on which the response is built,” Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and professor at University of California, Irvine, told The Sacramento Bee.

Orange County Register, July 12, 2020
Hospital chaplains fill role of surrogate family members during times of isolation, depression, death
Speaking to a chaplain at a time of hopelessness and uncertainty can be truly comforting, said Paloma Melendez, a 26-year-old artist and animator who is currently hospitalized at UC Irvine Medical Center for an autoimmune disorder. “I asked for a chaplain because I felt like I was going crazy,” she said. “The chaplain was so attentive and so kind. It’s nice to get that element of care during these scary times.”  [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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