UCI News

The Orange County Register, Nov. 22, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: The need to vaccinate our kids
David Souleles, director of the UCI COVID-19 Response Team and Dr. Erlinda Ulloa, assistant professor of pediatrics at the UCI School of Medicine write, “We are committed to doing our part to make sure the parents in our community feel confident and positive about signing their kids up for the COVID-19 vaccination. If there is any doubt, connect with your pediatrician or health care provider, and remember what is at stake. We can finally protect our children from COVID-19 and spare them a prolonged pandemic. Together, we can help our children once again experience a robust, engaging and healthy childhood.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

KCRW, Nov. 22, 2021 (Audio)
Enjoy Thanksgiving with a side of masks and hand sanitizer, says SoCal doctor
As health officials are warning of another potential deadly winter surge, UCI Health Family Health Centers [Executive Director and] physician Dr. José Mayorga shares advice on how we can avoid it and enjoy Thanksgiving safely this year. … “Remember, the sooner you get the vaccine, the sooner those antibody levels will rise to the level that we know are protective.”

Becker’s Hospital Review, Nov. 22, 2021
UCI Health launches hospital-at-home program with DispatchHealth
Orange, Calif.-based UCI Health is partnering with at-home care provider DispatchHealth to launch a hospital-at-home program. The program is designed to increase care access, improve patients’ experience and reduce the cost of care …. “UCI Health is honored to be the first healthcare system in California to offer our patients and the community this exciting program,” UCI Health CEO Chad Lefteris said in a statement. “As Orange County’s only academic health system, we are dedicated to finding novel ways to improve access to care, especially among patients whose health needs do not require a hospital stay.”

Brookings Institution, Nov. 22, 2021
Access to online college courses can speed students’ degree completion
UCI School of Education faculty and students write, “Overall, our study finds that online course-taking is associated with more efficient college graduation. Students who are given the opportunity to take classes online graduate more quickly compared to students in departments that offer fewer online courses. We also find that online course-taking is associated with a higher likelihood of successfully graduating college within four years.”

Wonderful Engineering, Nov. 21, 2021
This New Extended-Range NFC Fabric Will Allow Clothes to Talk To Each Other
Researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have created a novel, high-tech sort of material that foreshadows a future in which clothing gadgets may “talk” to one other and purchases can be made with a high-five or a wave of the arm. … “You’ve used near-field signaling applied sciences if you’ve held your smartphone or credit card near a reader to pay for a purchase order,” says co-author Peter Tseng [assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science]. “Our materials work on the same principle ….”

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