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The Washington Post, May 13, 2020
Experiment shows human speech generates droplets that linger in the air for more than 8 minutes

“Speech creates droplets that breathing alone does not. That much is clear,” said Andrew Noymer, a University of California at Irvine epidemiologist who also was not part of the new research. “Big mouths of the world, beware. You’re putting the rest of us at risk.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]


The Washington Times, May 13, 2020
Republicans claim victory in two special elections

“The outcome … should be of some concern to the Democrats, but that it’s not necessarily a major victory for the Republicans,” said Louis DeSipio, a political science professor at the University of California, Irvine. Mr. DeSipio said the district has been trending blue, but said it is not surprising that Democrats struggled with turnout given it is an off-cycle election and there is a pandemic. “The Republicans will certainly get some short-term bragging rights,” he said. “The challenge that he and the Republicans will face, however, is that he will need to win again in November with an electorate that will likely be more Democratic.”


AMA, May 12, 2020 (Video)
Prioritizing equity: COVID-19 & the experiences of medical students

My name is Sarah Mae Smith. I’m an MD/PhD student at the University of California, Irvine. … I’m the medical student member of the American Medical Association’s Board of Trustees. … Our aim has also been approaching this endemic through a health equity lens, as it impacts our physicians and patients of color. As you noted Dr. Maybank, this has included speaking out against and condemning xenophobic and race-based scapegoating experienced especially by Asians and Pacific Islanders.


Markets Insider, May 13, 2020
3 Stocks to Sell in May

Vidyanand Choudhary, professor and senior associate dean of information systems at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California Irvine, warned that Q2 will offer a more complete picture of the shutdown’s impact on businesses. …  Chaudhary pointed out that Q2 volatility offers a buying opportunity for investors with long-term goals. On the flip side, those who don’t want to risk another devastating crash may want to start taking profits on these high-flying stocks to sell.


PND, May 14, 2020
Foundations Pledge Support for COVID-19 Relief – Update (05/14/2020)

The University of California, Irvine has announced a $2.5 million gift from the John and Mary Tu Foundation in support of COVID-related patient care at UCI Health as well as clinical and translational research focused on new ways to test for and treat infections. Half the gift will support physicians, nurses, and other caregivers at UCI Medical Center working to provide cutting-edge care, while the remaining $1.25 million will support research on both COVID as well as longer-term solutions to pandemic diseases.

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