UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, May 23, 2022
Sight Restoration Center to Open at UC Irvine
In the latest boost to Orange County’s thriving ophthalmology industry, the area will house the second center in the U.S. to restore sight to patients blinded from severe ocular surface disease by 2023. The Holland Foundation for Sight Restoration is building its first “Center of Excellence” at UC Irvine’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute on the western edge of campus, where it expects to recreate the ocular transplant program at Cincinnati’s Center for the Restoration of Sight. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

TIME, May 23, 2022
The 100 Most Influential People of 2022 – Xi Jinping
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history writes, “Xi Jinping has had a profound impact domestically and globally since ascending to power as Communist Party General Secretary in 2012, soon after which he became President and since has developed the biggest Chinese personality cult since Mao’s. The easiest way to describe this impact used to be by listing things he did …. To assess Xi’s particular impact in 2022, however, it’s worth highlighting four things he has not done but might have ….”

Good Housekeeping, May 21, 2022
How Long Do Breakthrough COVID-19 Symptoms Last? Experts Examine Average Recovery Timelines
“COVID-19 vaccines are doing exactly what they’re supposed to do — prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. What they don’t do is guarantee you won’t get infected at all,” says Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, the director [and Founding Dean] of the public health program at the University of California, Irvine. “Breakthrough cases occur when COVID-19 variants evade the body’s immune response… but most breakthrough cases are asymptomatic or mild, due to the vaccinated person having built-up immunity against the virus.”

Bloomberg, May 20, 2022
The Climate Threat Hidden in Your Hamburger
The researchers found that three-quarters of emissions from international agriculture trade are from changes in land use. A model they created based on trade and agricultural data found that between 2004 and 2017, land-use emissions in international trade increased 14%. “The land-use change problem needs to be front and center on our radar,” said Steven Davis, a co-author of the paper and an associate professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine.

Vanity Fair, May 20, 2022
“I Either Wanted It, or I Wanted That Guy to Pay”: Inside the Wild West Auction for The Sugar Shack
Ernie Barnes’s meteoric resurgence can be traced back to 2018, when the California African American Museum started planning the artist’s first museum show in decades. “African American people who were familiar with Good Times, they think back to how important that painting was to their psyche,” said Bridget R. Cooks, the curator of the show and [an associate] professor at the University of California, Irvine. “And the centerpiece of the show was The Sugar Shack.

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