UCI News

France24, Oct. 14, 2020 (Video)
The race for a Covid-19 vaccine: Are lives at risk as countries try to find a quick fix?
Andrew Noymer, UCI associate professor of public health said, “The trials are being run with more transparency than ever before, so I have great faith in getting a fair result from the vaccine process. … We’re also concerned with the efficacy because the FDA here in the United States has said they will approve vaccines with 50% or better efficacy and we have to anticipate that some people who are vaccinated will still get the disease, if indeed, the vaccine is only 50% effective.”

EdSurge, Oct. 14, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: The ‘enrichment gap’ is widening. Students’ social-emotional development is at risk.
Mimi Ito, [professor in residence, infomatics] and Director of the Connected Learning Lab at UCI writes, “At the Connected Learning Lab at the University of California, Irvine, we have conducted many studies of out-of-school programs that serve Black/BIPOC and low-income youth. … There’s a lack of sustained public investment in addressing the enrichment equity gap, and it’s very troubling. … As we look toward long-term support for online and hybrid learning, it’s imperative that public leaders consider critical equity gaps and quickly move to increase funding for enriched and out-of-school time learning.”

Center for American Progress, Oct. 15, 2020
Creating a postal banking system would help address structural inequality
Mehrsa Baradaran, associate dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCI School of Law and others write, “By expanding the mandate of the U.S. Postal Service to include postal banking, the federal government could provide essential services. Postal banking would fix a structural error in the U.S. financial system and mitigate the harm many Black communities face from predatory lenders.”

Orange County Business Journal, Oct. 12, 2020
Enrollment mixed for local MBA programs
A closer look reveals that top-rated MBA programs have mostly maintained and gained students, while others have struggled to keep up. Both Chapman and UC Irvine, for example, saw their ranks of MBA students increase by more than 10%. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Consumer Reports, Oct. 13, 2020
The real deal on collagen
As for skin benefits, a 2019 review of 11 studies on collagen supplementation … found that doses ranging from 2.5 to 10 grams per day did increase skin elasticity and hydration. … “There is evidence it is absorbed, and that there is an increase in certain amino acids, but no direct evidence that taking a collagen supplement increases collagen in the skin,” says Natasha Mesinkovska, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of California, Irvine, and author of the review study.

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