UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, May 25, 2020
OC50 – Making a Difference
Bernadette Boden-Albala, UCI founding dean School of Population Health. Joined a task force organized by Chancellor Howard Gillman to … track and analyze the looming spread of COVID-19 in Orange County. … Chad Lefteris, Chief Executive, UCI Health. … UCI Health has infectious disease experts, public health researchers and world-class clinicians working to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. …  Henry & Susan Samueli … One of OC’s biggest philanthropists, funding huge medical campus expansion at UCI, now under construction. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2020
Researchers Outside Medicine Have a New Focus: Covid-19
Researchers who never dreamed they would be working on responses to a deadly pandemic are redirecting their expertise to the global effort to understand and contain Covid-19. … An algorithm tuned to air pollution is being repurposed to track social distancing. A team at the University of California, Irvine, is researching whether components from Blu-ray video players can be used as ultraviolet lasers to disinfect surfaces. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

The Washington Post, May 27, 2020
Coronavirus may never go away, even with a vaccine
Eventually, many experts believe this coronavirus could become relatively benign, causing milder infections as our immune systems develop a memory of responses to it through previous infection or vaccination. But that process could take years, said Andrew Noymer, a University of California at Irvine epidemiologist. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Inverse, May 28, 2020
Researchers say this is the ideal salary for happiness and well-being
study out of the University of California, Irvine, adds more clarity to these findings. … researchers found that income levels actually change how people experience happiness. “These findings indicate that wealth is not unequivocally associated with happiness,” said lead author Paul Piff. “What seems to be the case is that your wealth predisposes you to different kinds of happiness.”

The New York Times, May 25, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: Is the Age of the Road Trip Over Forever?
UCI Associate Professor Hector Tobar writes, “But isn’t taking to the open road an expression of our national character? From the Oregon Trail and “Huckleberry Finn” to “Into the Wild,” Americans love a good road trip. … There are several candidates for the American king of the road … I’ve been researching the life of one such man. Joe Sanderson was a self-described “road bum” who visited more than 70 countries and territories in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

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