UCI News

The New Yorker, June 24, 2021
Can Congress Insure Fair Elections?
I recently discussed the future of voting reform with Richard L. Hasen, a [Chancellor’s] professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law and an expert in elections law. During our conversation … we talked about whether Democrats erred in putting forth a broad bill, whether the threat to free elections comes from Congress or the states, and the biggest obstacles to a free election in 2024.

KPCC – Airtalk, June 24, 2021 (Audio)
COVID-19 AMA: Delta Variant Continues To Spread In California, Waning COVID-19 Antibodies Trigger Discussion On Future Boosters 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.

Orange County Register, June 23, 2021
COVID-19 antibodies appear to wane rapidly, so prepare for booster shots, study suggests
A large-scale study by UC Irvine researchers in the spring found that mRNA vaccines like Pfizer and Moderna provided much greater protection against COVID-19 than did natural infection alone. … “But since natural exposure indices a wide range of serological response, I would stop short of recommending that everyone who had a prior exposure should only get one shot,” said Dr. Philip Felgner, the lead researcher at UCI [and director UCI Vaccine Research & Development Center]. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Daily Pilot, June 23, 2021
Climate change causing ‘striking loss’ of plants in Southern California’s deserts and mountains
Climate change is causing plants to die off in massive numbers in Southern California’s deserts and mountains, UC Irvine researchers have found. … “It’s really hard for plants to live there, so they’re already really stressed out. So if you stress them out a bit more, you can push them over their limit that they can tolerate,” said Stijn Hantson, lead author of the study [and a project scientist in UC Irvine’s Department of Earth system science]. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KNBC, June 22, 2021 (Video)
‘Severe’ Blood Donation Shortage Nationwide Reaches Life-Threatening Levels in Inland Empire
UCI Health has also noted the national blood shortage, sending blood mobiles into the Orange County community to make donating even easier. Dr. Minh-Ha Tran of UCI Medical Center said the pandemic is complicating attempts to fix the shortage. “We are also operating under COVID-19 precautions,” Tran said. “So we have to be conscientious of how many people we allow to gather, and how many people we can put on the bus or donor center at any given time.”

Previously “In the News”