UCI News

KNBC, May 18, 2022
UCI Health Expert on Boosters, Testing and Other COVID-19 Questions
If you haven’t already gotten vaccinated, Executive Director of UCI Health [Family Health Centers], Dr. Jose Mayorga said, it’s still a good time to start. …”What the vaccines are doing, it’s being very stealth and focused on the virus itself,” getting your body used to recognizing and fighting off COVID more effectively than your immune system on its own, Mayorga said. It’s “better to be more precise and accurate… and that’s what vaccines do.” … According to UCI Health’s Executive Director, it’s a good idea to take a COVID test if you’re experiencing any COVID-like symptoms — even if you think it’s allergies. … That kind of testing is “really important” to minimizing how many others get sick, Mayorga said.

ABC News, May 18, 2022 (Video)
House holds hearing on abortion access as nation awaits final Supreme Court decision
Expert witnesses who spoke before the committee included … Michele Bratcher Goodwin, a Chancellor’s Professor of law at the University of California, Irvine …. “The Supreme Court has never gone back to in fact revoke what has been freedoms that have been well-articulated and established in the Constitution and also by the Supreme Court,” Goodwin said. The professor also explained that poor women and women of color would suffer the most from such a decision. [Chancellor’s Professor Goodwin comments in video start at 5:26]

The Orange County Register, May 19, 2022
OC grads prepare to cap another year at colleges, universities
UC Irvine’s commencement honoring more than 8,000 students at Angel Stadium will be the first time since 2014, when President Barack Obama was the commencement speaker, that the school will host an all-grad ceremony. Actor and writer Kal Penn … will give the graduation address on June 15. … The event at the stadium will be a “capstone” to the school’s graduation celebrations, which are scheduled over several days in May and June, recognizing students across a number of schools of study. Grads will have their stage-walk moment during those individual events. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Bakersfield Now, May 19, 2022
Is crime seasonal? Experts say yes, incidents spike in summer months
Jon Gould, dean of UC Irvine’s School of Social Ecology, says there are several reasons why crimes go up in these months. “Longer days mean more opportunities to be outside as people have more time on their hands. … The good news is that, for the most part, the crimes that we’ve seen go up that are violent crimes have been between people who know one another. I know that doesn’t necessarily sound like a wonderful thing, but what it does mean is that when you’re walking down the street, the risk of being attacked by a stranger is not substantially higher,” he said.

WebMD, April 18, 2022
A lot of children are about to be born in Ukraine. Will the war affect them for life?
“It’s basically thinking about what happens during the 9 months of pregnancy that can help program, and help determine, the lifelong health of the offspring,” says Karen Lindsay, an assistant professor of pediatrics in the College of Health Sciences and researcher who specializes in maternal nutrition in pregnancy at the University of California, Irvine. “And that can be in a positive or a more negative direction.”

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