UCI News

Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2021
UC admits largest, most diverse class ever, but it was harder to get accepted
UC Irvine made the largest year-to-year gains in diversity, increasing the share of underrepresented students to 41% of Californians offered freshman seats from 29% last year. Among them, the share of Black students doubled and American Indian students tripled. Admission offers to Latino students increased by 30% while those to Asian Americans fell by 25% and to whites by 9.4%. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Wall Street Journal, July 19, 2021
New Voting Laws Face Court Challenges Across the U.S.
Richard Hasen, a [Chancellor’s] professor specializing in election law at the University of California, Irvine, said the number of election lawsuits has nearly tripled over the past two decades. The hundreds of lawsuits filed over pandemic voting rules last year will likely be a record, said Prof. Hasen, who is still tallying the numbers. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Voice of OC, July 17, 2021
As COVID Rises Again in OC, Experts Look to Vaccines To Prevent a Winter-Like Spike
“For the data that I’ve seen for fully vaccinated, it still looks like it’s very effective. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact vaccine efficacy percentage because we’re not doing clinical trials. That said, it looks like it’s in the range of high 80%, low 90%. So it seems — roughly — fully vaccinated people are as protected against the Delta variant as with the prior variant,” said Sanghyuk Shin, a UC Irvine [nursing assistant professor], epidemiologist and public health expert. … “The vaccine works really, really well for the original strain and it’s working really well for the Delta strain right now. The majority of people getting super sick in the hospital right now, they’re the ones who are unvaccinated,” said Dr. Shruti Gohil, an infectious disease physician at UCI Medical Center.

Eat This, Not That!, July 19, 2021
Secret Side Effects of Walking Just 30 Minutes Per Day, Says Science
Researchers instructed a group of college students to engage in quick, moderate, 10-minute exercises such as a short walk. Sure enough, students performed much better after moving on both cognition and memory assessments. … [Professor] Michael Yassa, PhD, neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, and study co-author, has even added a few 10-minute walks to his lab staff’s daily routine. “I try to do walking meetings every now and then, and we try to get up every couple of hours and go for a nice 10-minute walk. Based on my experience, not only is the group more productive, but we’re happier,” he told The Guardian.

Scientia, July 14, 2021
Dr Susanne M. Jaeggi, Dr Anja Pahor and Dr Aaron R. Seitz – Moving Beyond ‘One-size-fits-all’ Brain Training Solutions
Susanne M. Jaeggi, [UCI professor of education and cognitive science], Anja Pahor, [UCI project scientist, education], and Aaron R. Seitz from UC Riverside, are collectively driving forward exciting advances in brain training, as well as addressing the controversy surrounding its effectiveness and limitations. … [They] are currently undertaking a large-scale citizen science study that aims to assess the impact of individual differences … and identify the individuals for whom brain training can provide the most benefits and the reasons why.

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