UCI News

Orange County Register, May 8, 2020
Coronavirus: Six degrees of mask making at UC Irvine shows the power of teamwork
lot of people are making protection-style masks these days. … And few, if any, of those mask projects involve the blend of serendipity and organization as the mask making operation currently underway by people who work at UCI Medical Center in Orange. Along the way, the UCI project has grown to involve dozens of people … Melissa Chang and Aditi Sharma are  leading the UCI project to make high-grade, protective masks using sterilized material typically discarded at hospitals after one use. But they’re just two key players in a growing project …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Atlantic, May 7, 2020
A Guide to Staying Safe as States Reopen
Experts weigh in. … “If your favorite watering hole reopens, that’s not a guarantee that it’s safe to go have a beer with your friend,” Andrew Noymer, a public-health professor at UC Irvine, told me. “That’s one possible reason that it’s reopening, but another is that the pressures to reopen businesses have been so enormous.” He said that if the U.S. were solely concerned with containing the virus, “reopening shouldn’t even be in the conversation” yet..

The New Yorker, May 8, 2020
To Save Election Day, Start by Getting Rid of Election Night?
Now a group of scholars calling themselves the Ad Hoc Committee for 2020 Election Fairness and Legitimacy have put out a helpful report listing fourteen recommendations. … “The reasons for growing voter concern about the fairness and legitimacy of the U.S. election process are multifaceted, raising issues in law, media, politics and norms, and tech,” the group, which was convened by Richard L. Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, wrote. “This means that solutions to bolster American confidence in the fairness and accuracy of the elections must be multifaceted as well.”

Inc. May 8, 2020
How the PPP Is Failing America’s Small Businesses
If the government wants to save businesses–rather than just preserve paychecks–it should let them use their loans to pay for necessary expenses, Mehrsa Baradaran, professor of law at the University of California, Irvine says. “There is an argument that keeping businesses alive is a value in itself,” she explains, noting the multiplier effect of businesses on the economy goes beyond just providing jobs.

Los Angeles Times, May 8, 2020
Tens of thousands of California college students to get relief from emergency grants
At UC Irvine, more than 17,000 students will receive CARES funding, interim provost Hal Stern said. University officials created five tiers of funding, ranging from $500 to $1,500, that take into account whether students are dependents or considered financially independent and if they have children — in addition to their financial aid and expected family contribution. “Our guiding principles were to get money to the neediest populations we could identify. And make the process as easy as possible,” Stern said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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