UCI News

ABC7, May 15, 2020 (Video)
UC Irvine researchers to conduct antibody testing for Orange County
A new antibody test that researchers say may be the most comprehensive in California is coming to Orange County. Researchers at UC Irvine plan to examine the blood of five thousand people at a drive through collection site for the antibodies to the virus.

Daily Pilot, May 14, 2020
Virtual ceremonies, care packages & online yearbooks: O.C. colleges find creative ways to toast Class of 2020
Willie Banks, UC Irvine vice chancellor for student affairs, said the school will hold a virtual commencement on June 10 for which 7,400 students have already registered to attend. The commencement ceremony was recorded in a room at the Bren Center on the UCI campus last week. While maintaining social distancing and wearing masks, Banks and other administrators spoke at a podium dressed in their graduation regalia as though it were a traditional commencement ceremony. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Diverse Issues in Higher Education, May 13, 2020
Online Education Offers New Ways to Identify and Support At-Risk Students
On campus, faculty can keep an eye out for early indicators that a student is struggling – a missed first assignment or a low grade on the first test – but online, professors can detect trouble even earlier and “it can be even more nuanced,” said Dr. Di Xu, associate professor of education at the University of California Irvine and co-director of its Online Learning Research Center.

Orange County Register, May 14, 2020
Rigorous coronavirus antibody testing coming to Orange County
The County of Orange has tapped UC Irvine to answer the burning question: How many people here have been infected with COVID-19? In perhaps the most comprehensive effort to date in California, researchers will examine the blood of 5,000 people for antibodies to the virus to better understand how widespread the disease has become in Orange County. Starting this month, researchers will examine a representative sample of the county’s population, set up eight to 10 drive-through sites, administer pin-prick tests to collect blood, then send the samples to UCI for analysis. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Scientific American, May 15, 2020
Expanding Paved Areas Has an Outsize Effect on Urban Flooding
Maura Allaire, a water economist at the University of California, Irvine, who was not involved with the new study, says the research design is “a major contribution to natural sciences and hydrology in particular.” Conducting similar analyses for other human-made contributors to flooding could help cities take targeted steps to ameliorate them.

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