UCI News

Daily Pilot, July 15, 2020
UC Irvine graduate is the architect of detailed COVID-19 dashboard
Matthew Littman has seen the coronavirus pandemic affect his life in a very tangible way. … “My goal in doing this project is mostly to get people to be aware of how severe the virus is in their area, so that they know the risk that it is to them, but also just to take this seriously,” he said. “You can see that all of the different counties and all of the different states are starting to trend upward.”  … He has worked with UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business professors Vibhanshu Abhishek and Arvind Sathi in developing the COVID-19 project. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Financial Times, July 15, 2020
The comfort of cash in a time of coronavirus
Bill Maurer, an anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine, who studies payments, calls the decision to withdraw cash “contextually rational”. It’s not that people are worried about how the Fed distributes cash, he says. It’s that, as in any disaster, people are worried about everything else — the electrical grid, or the mobile network. … Holding on to a stack of bills, says Prof Maurer, is “the recognition that in a pinch I can use cash and it will work with anybody. [Subscription required, access for current UCI staff, faculty and students provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ft]

LA Weekly, July 16, 2020
Looking forward and back at UCI’S Institute and Museum of California Art
As online exhibitions are now intrinsic tools of art venues, IMCA continues refining its website. “We are updating content to make it more user-friendly and easier to navigate,” [Museum Director Kim] Kanatani said. “We have been using  Instagram to highlight works in our collection, while sharing fascinating stories about the artists represented and their backgrounds.” The venue’s Monthly Muse, available through email and online, is a detailed newsletter with content about IMCA’s ongoing activities, along with stories about important artists, art supporters and art-related events in Southern California.

The Sacramento Bee,  July 16, 2020 (Subscription)
UC Health system builds COVID-19 patient database in race for treatment breakthrough
Hundreds of UC researchers have shown interest in the database, [Dr. Atul Butte, chief data scientist for University of California Health] said. That number includes Jonathan Watanabe, associate director at the Samueli College of Health Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He is studying the use of telehealth during the pandemic and selection of medications. “UC CORDS…gives you insights into clinical practices in much closer to real-time and is representative of a broader patient population than any one organization would have on its own, which is critical for research during the pandemic,” Watanabe said.

Voice of OC, July 15, 2020
Voice of OC to host live video coronavirus discussion with county’s top experts on July 16
Voice of OC is hosting a LIVE series of video interviews with Orange County’s top Coronavirus experts starting at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16. … 2:30 p.m. UC Irvine Public Health Director and Founding Dean Bernadette Boden-Albala. 3:00 p.m. UCI MD Daniel Chow, Latino Health Access CEO America Bracho, St. Josephs CalOptima Chairman and Anesthesiologist Paul Yost and UCI Epidemiologist Andrew Noymer.

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