UCI News

Orange County Register, June 1, 2021
UCI Health cancer care expansion gets $20 million from long-time benefactor
Behind the name on the building that will open a couple of years from now as UCI Health’s new cancer care center, next to the UC Irvine campus, is a more than 25-year commitment — and a $20 million gift toward expanding access to that care. The gift is the single biggest donation toward what will be known as the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Ambulatory Care at the new UCI Medical Center in Irvine. And it brings the Chao family’s financial commitment to fighting cancer at UCI Health to a whopping $50 million since 1995. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

60 Minutes, May 30, 2021 (Video rebroadcast)
New insights from study of people age 90 and above
Over the next 30 years, the number of Americans age 90 and above is expected to triple, and an NIH-funded research study called 90+ at the University of California, Irvine is trying to learn all it can right now from a group of men and women who’ve already managed to get there. … Neurologist Claudia Kawas, [medical school professor], the 90+ Study’s lead investigator, says studying the oldest old is increasingly important. …”Half of all children born today in the United States and Europe is going to reach their 103rd or 104th birthday,” says Kawas.

PBS SoCal, May 27, 2021
Santa Ana Families Design Playful Learning Experiences for Kids in the Community
One of the [Stimulating STEM in the City: Co-Designing with Latinx Families to Promote Informal STEM Learning] project’s central ideas is that through the installations, children will be able to engage with math, reading and science with their parents and caregivers in public spaces, such as grocery stores, bus stops and laundromats. … “The more that parents [and kids] interact, play and use math language, science language and read books together, the better it is for kids’ development, said UC Irvine (UCI) Assistant Professor Andres Bustamante, who leads the project with his research team.

CNN, June 1, 2021
‘It’s just human dignity.’ Trans writers and journalists struggle to get old bylines corrected
When Theresa Tanenbaum transitioned in 2019, she changed her name and began a years-long quest to correct the one she was given at birth — her deadname — on dozens of academic papers she published over the years. For Tanenbaum, an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine who studies the theory and practice of interactive storytelling, there’s a lot on the line. These papers — 83 publications across 15 publishers — catalog her work over more than a decade. But when she began asking publishers to correct her name on them, some said yes while others refused or ignored her.

KPCC, May 28, 2021 (Audio)
COVID-19 AMA: CA Launches Lottery For Vaccinated Residents, South Africa Prepares For A Potential Surge And More
In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Shruti Gohil at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine [professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention].

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