UCI News

PBS Newshour, July 23, 2021 (Video)
Hong Kong police arrest authors of a children’s book in latest free speech crackdown
Jeffrey Wasserstrom is a [Chancellor’s] professor at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of “Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink.” He says the national security law created expanded police infrastructure that’s targeting an ever-widening net and eroding what made Hong Kong different from mainland China. “A separate system of rule of law being different, freedom of speech being different, freedom of assembly being different, all that’s gone. They want the next generation of Hong Kongers to be less challenging to them than the last generation of Hong Kongers was.”

U.S. News & World Report, (American Heart Association News, HealthDay Reporter), July 26, 2021
AHA News: Olympians Push the Physical Limits of Humankind, But What Limits Humans?
Each body has an inherent limit on its performance, said Dr. Elizabeth Dineen, an assistant professor of cardiology at the University of California Irvine. … But she doesn’t think we know enough to be able to say we’ve seen the fastest, highest or strongest of anything. Progress is still being made in nutrition and in preventing injuries, for example, she said. And elite athletes are a motivated bunch. “Some people, with the right training and the right optimization, might be able to beat the records that we have.”

KCRW, July 26, 2021 (Audio)
Masks should be mainstream, LA’s flip-flopping policies erode public trust, says psychologist
Dr. Sean Young, an associate professor of emergency medicine and informatics at UC Irvine, tells KCRW …  “This was a poor use of psychology. By flip-flopping on masks, saying, ‘You don’t need to wear it because things are better and you can get vaccinated,’ and now saying, ‘You do need to,’ that confuses people. When you confuse people, you lose their trust, and they lose faith in you. And they don’t do what you want them to do.“

The Orange County Register, July 23, 2021
Plans to change incentives for rooftop solar draw backlash
The Public Utilities Commission is pursuing changes to California’s solar incentive system largely because of concerns over inequitable bills for non-solar customers. That premise is supported not only by the utilities but by a UC Berkeley study, by the Natural Resources Defense Council, by UC Irvine renewable energy expert Jack Brouwer, and others. … A problem with increasing the rooftop capacity is that most of the excess energy is sent back to the power grid during the middle of the day, when demand for power is lowest according to Brouwer, director of UC Irvine’s National Fuel Cell Research Center. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Orange County Business Journal, July 26, 2021
Samueli’s Fortune Rises Amid Broadcom Boom
Education and healthcare remain a key focus of philanthropy for the Samuelis, who are providing major funds for a medical campus expansion at the University of California, Irvine. UCI’s $1 billion-plus Brilliant Future campaign includes a $200 million gift from the couple to create the first-of-its-kind College of Health Sciences focused on “interdisciplinary integrative health.” When the Samuelis’ gift was announced in 2017, the university said it was the largest gift in its history.  Samueli Foundation also provided $39 million to UCI toward the construction of an interdisciplinary science and engineering building which opened in February. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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