UCI News

Ms. June 1, 2020
Addressing Racism’s Toll: My Minneapolis Experience
UCI Chancellor’s Professor Michele Goodwin writes that living as a Black woman in Minneapolis and encountering frequent racist episodes, “I often felt as if I were in a strange sociological experiment.” As she shares, the costs of racism affect every aspect of one’s life, including, painfully one’s children. “But this needn’t have been my family’s story. So how do we fix this?”

Spectrum News1, June 1, 2020 (Video)
UC Irvine School of Medicine Graduates First Undocumented Student
It is a journey that is difficult, but for at least one student at University of California Irvine School of Medicine, the path had extra challenges. But he stuck to his dream and is now the medical school’s first undocumented student to graduate. Oscar Hernandez has been packing up for the next step toward fulfilling a dream. Hernandez has always wanted to become a doctor. It was a dream that started from what he saw growing up. “In my community there was only one health clinic for the entire community,” said Hernandez.

ABC News, June 1, 2020
Risk versus reward: How safe are popular summer outdoor activities?
“There’s a tremendous urge for American’s to get out,” Dr. Andrew Noymer, a Public Health Professor at University of California Irvine, told ABC News. “You can feel it.” … “In the fall I’m expecting things to get worse, not better. Respiratory diseases always get worse in the fall,” he said. “People need to have a summer break. We can’t just stay in the basement for 24 months until the vaccine comes.” … “Remember: we’re in the land of trade-offs now. The only zero-risk activity is staying at home,” Normer noted. “It’s about balancing risk versus rewards.”

Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2020
Engineer? Cancer expert? Physicist? They’re coronavirus researchers now
Sunny Jiang, a UC Irvine environmental engineer, usually studies wastewater recycling methods and monitors coastal contamination. Now she’s examining the extent to which the coronavirus can be transmitted through aerosols. … “You need diverse minds to look at this problem,” she said. Stopping this pandemic, she said, will require solutions from all walks of science. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, May 30, 2020
UCI junior copes with being alone in student housing
After his roommates moved out and almost all of his neighbors moved out in mid-March, Johannes Dimopoulos often found himself feeling lonely in UCI’s Camino del Sol student housing. In reality, 819 of the 1,198 students living at Camino del Sol said goodbye. Dimopoulos lives in a three-story place with only the echoes of his own footsteps to keep him company. … “It doesn’t feel like the same university,” he said. “It’s a weird shift.” … Johannes Dimopoulos is going to battle his solitary, student-housing isolation by getting a dog. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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