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CBS2, March 23, 2020 (Video)
UC Irvine Participating In Clinical Trial For Coronavirus Treatment
Researchers around the world are joining forces to help develop treatments for the novel coronavirus. A clinical trial is underway at UCI Medical Center. The work is being done in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health. “[Remdesivir] is an antiviral drug, so it seeks out the genetic code of the virus, and as it seeks it out, it goes and attacks the virus and destroys it,” said Dr. Alpesh Amin.

U.S. News & World Report, March 23, 2020
COVID-19 Challenges the Psyche of a Fractured Nation
On top of mixed messaging from various levels of government that contributes to distress, “the event is really unprecedented in the level of secondary stressors that we are seeing people experience,” says Dana Rose Garfin, [an assistant, adjunct professor and] psychologist at University of California—Irvine, who studies trauma and community disasters. … While every range of reaction – from panic to calm to feeling down or depressed – is normal, the underlying issue most people are dealing with now is uncertainty, Garfin says. …  “The more people can feel prepared and the more people can try to do the things they do have control over, the calmer they’ll be.”

USA Today, March 23, 2020
Antarctic glacier retreated 3 miles in 22 years, threatening global sea-level rise
“East Antarctica has long been thought to be less threatened (than West Antarctica), but as glaciers such as Denman have come under closer scrutiny by the cryosphere science community, we are now beginning to see evidence of potential marine ice sheet instability in this region,” said study co-author [Earth system science Professor] Eric Rignot, a scientist at the University of California-Irvine. … “The ice in West Antarctica has been melting faster in recent years, but the sheer size of Denman glacier means that its potential impact on long-term sea-level rise is just as significant,” he added.

Newsweek, March 24, 2020
Coronavirus is having a major impact on the environment, with reduced CO2, better air quality and animals roaming city streets
Steven Davis, an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine, said that the economy and emissions are tightly coupled. “In recent years, we’ve emitted close to 500 tons of CO2 for every $1 million of global GDP—for example, 40 billion tons of CO2 for $88 trillion in 2019,” Davis told Newsweek. “If this ratio holds, a decline in world GDP can be expected to cause a proportional decrease in global CO2 emissions.”… “Past recessions haven’t stopped people from commuting, so we haven’t ever seen the huge and almost overnight improvements in air quality that we’re now seeing in places like Southern California right now.”

Orange County Business Journal, March 23, 2020
Working from Home Poses Tech Challenges
Shifting your computer workstation from the office to home in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic may be more complicated than you think. Bryan Cunningham, executive director of UCI Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute, said there are bandwidth limitations and security issues that Orange County’s business community must deal with when they tell employees to set up shop at home. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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