UCI News

The Washington Post, Nov. 4, 2021
Want to make sure your child is fully vaccinated for the holidays? Here is what to know.
Still, health experts stressed the most important thing is to get vaccinated as soon as possible — partial vaccination still offers some protection. “The approval is really timely,” said Chulie Ulloa, a pediatric infectious-disease specialist [and assistant professor] at University of California, Irvine, adding that she anticipates “a lot more holiday travel and fewer mask-wearing. And people who are unvaccinated are certainly going to be the most vulnerable to infection. … “I anticipate children, even after one dose, will have a pretty strong protection, but you will need that second dose to get you closer to 100 percent,” she said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 4, 2021 (Column)
Column: After the FDA delayed enforcement against stem cell clinics, unlicensed operators poured in
The agency, however, suspended its enforcement for three years to give these operators time to get right with its regulations. … Instead of stem cell purveyors reaching out to the FDA to work out how to meet federal regulations, a torrent of shady operations poured into the field — so many that the task of protecting the public from them may now exceed the FDA’s capabilities.  That’s the concern of Leigh Turner, a public health [professor] and expert at UC Irvine, longtime critic of stem cell treatment claims and author of a new study that tracked the explosion of businesses offering purported stem cell treatments and cures during the FDA’s hands-off period. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Orange County Register, Nov. 4, 2021
Hospital chaplains help health workers heal with compassion and spirituality
At UCI Medical Center, Chaplain Pirjo Carlisle has been responding to crisis situations with a program called Code Lavender …. Carlisle describes it as a rapid response program to help caregivers who need calm after a stressful situation such as the loss of a patient. … “We sit together, it’s like a debriefing,” she said. “We have social workers, nurses, chaplains and other staff with experience in such situations. It gives us an opportunity to come together and talk. It’s about bringing them to a calm space and encouraging them to be vulnerable.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Sky News Australia, Nov. 4, 2021 (Video)
One year on from American election
It has been just over a year since Joe Biden was named the 46th President of the United States. Louis DeSipio, professor of political science, joined Sky News Australia to discuss Biden’s most notable accomplishments, toughest challenges, the likely challenges for the year ahead, and how the US political landscape has changed since such a divisive election.

Irvine Standard, Nov. 2, 2021
Yeah, that’s the ticket: Jon Lovitz
One of UC Irvine’s most famously funny Anteaters will be back in town Nov. 19-21 at the Irvine Improv. Jon Lovitz graduated from UCI in 1979 before becoming a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and later a film, TV and Broadway actor. We chat with him about his college days in the drama department and why he likes coming back to the place where it all began.

Previously “In the News”