UCI News

Daily Pilot, Nov. 16, 2021
UCI breaks ground on $1.3B hospital, medical complex in ceremony at Irvine campus
A $1.3-billion effort to construct a new, state-of-the-art medical complex at UC Irvine — complete with an acute care hospital, comprehensive cancer center and advanced care facility — has launched, as officials and community leaders broke ground in a ceremony Monday. … UCI Health Chief Executive Chad T. Lefteris called the project the “next chapter of healthcare in Orange County. “The new UCI Medical Center — Irvine will be a full-service academic medical complex, bringing a broad range of the most advanced healthcare services to coastal and southern Orange County, including access to the hundreds of clinical trials underway at UCI Health,” he said Monday. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Scratching & Thriving Podcast, Nov. 19, 2021 (Video Podcast)
Black & Thriving – Interview with UC Irvine’s Vice Chancellor Douglas Haynes
Douglas M. Haynes is the inaugural UCI Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, [Director of ADVANCE and professor of history]. Haynes leads a comprehensive effort to establish UCI as a national leader and global model of inclusive excellence.

CNN, Nov. 17, 2021
Area burned by wildfires could increase by as much as 92% by 2040s in Sierra Nevada, study finds
Rising summer temperatures could lead to an exponential increase in the number of wildfires and acres burned in the Sierra Nevada in California, researchers have found. … Aurora Gutierrez, an environment and climate researcher at the University of California, Irvine, said …. “Fires are very sensitive to small changes in temperature,” Gutierrez, the lead author on the report, told CNN. “And so there could be a lot of potential risks with that, when we’re talking about climate change and future scenarios in that region.”

Discover, Oct. 15, 2021 (Nov/Dec 2021 magazine issue)
Reforming Forensics: Why Academics Are Challenging the Science Behind U.S. Criminal Justice
Looking at a cleanly pressed fingerprint, “you see how complex it is,” says Simon Cole, [professor of criminology, law and society] at the University of California, Irvine …. Immediately, you might think: “Well, this must be a very powerful identifier,” he says. That notion extends back ages, as Cole discovered when he wrote the book Suspect Identities: A History of Fingerprinting and Criminal Identification, published in 2001.

CalMatters, Nov. 19, 2021
Understanding the debate behind California’s new math framework
Svetlana Jitomirskaya, a mathematics [Distinguished] Professor at UC Irvine, said the authors of the committee should have consulted more experts in the STEM fields who are more familiar with the advanced education and training students need after high school. “The process should have definitely involved STEM faculty from top CA universities with direct knowledge of what is needed for success as STEM majors,” she emailed.

Previously “In the News”