UCI News

Daily Pilot, May 13, 2021
AAPI student researchers talk about what it was like to photograph the COVID-19 impact on local communities
Last spring, a group of UC Irvine staff and students who work across departments in Asian American studies, public health and the university library’s Southeast Asian archive began discussing a project that would help document the impact of COVID-19 on Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. … By the fall, a diverse group of 24 UC Irvine undergraduates were selected to be part of a research project called Visualizing Our Identities and Cultures for Empowerment or VOICE. The project focused on Orange County, which is made up of the third largest AAPI population in the country. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, May 13, 2021
UCI turns contact tracers into team dedicated to helping students get vaccinated
With the goal of calling every one of its roughly 37,000 students, a team at UC Irvine has launched an effort to help its student body get vaccinated: Providing over-the-phone assistance to schedule appointments and problem-solve immunization issues. … The phone outreach effort and immunization navigation help is a “key component” in getting every student protected against the virus – a goal of all schools in the UC system, which proposed a vaccine mandate last month, said David Souleles, UCI’s COVID-19 response director. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, May 13, 2021
UC Irvine Duo Endow New Scholarship Fund for Black Business Students
Dr. Tonya Williams Bradford and Dr. Kevin Bradford, [associate] professors at University of California Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, saw that there was a financial burden that comes with pursuing college education. So the husband and wife duo decided to take real action to help lighten the load for students. Such is their goal for the Bradford Fellows Fund, a new endowed scholarship for students in the Merage School’s Black Management Association (BMA) who are supporting UCI’s Black Thriving Initiative.

Insider, May 13, 2021
The US shouldn’t prioritize vaccinating teens over donating shots abroad if it wants to get back to normal, experts say
Dr. Erlinda Ulloa, a pediatrician studying the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in kids at the University of California, Irvine told Insider that fair vaccine distribution and immunizing teens in the US were separate issues. Ulloa said that 12 to 15 year-olds should get vaccines if and when it’s recommended. “It’s remarkably safe and effective in this age group,” she said. But from an ethical perspective, if there’s opportunity to support vaccination efforts abroad then the US should do it, Ulloa [assistant professor, school of medicine] said.

KTLA5, May 13, 2021 (Video)
Esports program at local college is helping churn out pro-gamers: VENN + 5 Live
Having a career as a professional video game player was pretty much a pipe dream until very recently. But gaming is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and more jobs open up in the industry every year. Some colleges now offer both intramural and varsity programs for competitive gamers and students looking to go into esports broadcasting and designing the technology that makes it all work. VENN recently ranked the top 10 esports programs in the U.S. The top 3 schools were UC Irvine, Miami University and Michigan State. [Starts 4:18]

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