UCI News

KABC, July 18, 2022 (Video)
University of California Irvine reinstitutes indoor mask mandate amid summer surge
Starting Monday, UCI will require all students and staff to wear masks while indoors. According to the executive directive issued by the school chancellor, the mandate applies to all individuals on UCI controlled property as well as employees conducting work off-site when not at their living unit. The mandate applies to everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, except when alone in an enclosed space. It also mandates mask wearing on public transit, including the Anteater Express as well as any UCI vehicle with any other individual.

Eat This, Not That, July 19, 2022
9 Things to Know About BA.5 Right Now
Researchers are still learning about BA.5, but there’s a lot of information we do know about the variant and Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, Director and Founding Dean, University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health tells Eat This, Not That! Health what to know about BA. 5 and how to help protect yourself.

San Francisco Chronicle, July 18, 2022
These maps show how alarmingly fast California is losing trees as climate warms
Using satellite data, researchers from the University of California, Irvine found that trees in the state’s mountainous regions declined 6.7 percent between 1985 and 2021 thanks to wildfires, drought and other climate-related sources of stress. … “We’re a little worried that relying on these forests as a means for protecting water quality or erosion protection or carbon sequestration (is) becoming more and more at risk as a result of these increasing fires,” said Jon Wang, a postdoctoral researcher at UC Irvine and lead author of the study. … “Forest cover in Northern California coastal and adjacent interior areas experienced modest gains until about 2010,” said James Randerson, co-author and UC Irvine professor of Earth system science. “Since then, forest growth hasn’t been able to keep pace with losses from fires, including massive losses in 2018, 2020, and 2021,” he said.

Healthline, July 18, 2022
New Home Kidney Test Uses Smartphone to Monitor Kidney Health
Dr. Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, chief of the Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation at UCI Health, in Orange, California, said home-based testing can fulfill an unmet need by enabling people at risk of CKD [chronic kidney disease] to monitor their kidney health at home. “Knowing whether [a high level of albumin in the urine] exists … conveniently can help persons be in control of their chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, which are the leading causes of kidney disease in the US and most nations,” he said.

EdSource, July 19, 2022
UC plans to expand enrollment with more online, summer programs and transfer students
Five campuses — Berkeley, UCLA, Merced, Riverside and San Diego — would expand enrollment by between 2,500 and 5,000 students. But the Santa Barbara and Irvine campuses are expected to grow enrollment by fewer than 1,000 students. … Irvine, one of UC’s most competitive campuses, also has limited opportunities for on-campus growth but, by 2030, plans to expand its online offerings by 20% during the fall, winter and spring quarters and by 50% during the summer.

Previously “In the News”