UCI News

Verywell Health, Sept. 9, 2021
Are COVID-19 Booster Shots Variant-Specific?
Philip Felgner, PhD, [professor of public health and] the director of the University of California, Irvine Vaccine Research and Development Center, tells Verywell that boosters will be “exactly the same” as what vaccinated people got the first time around. … While the boosters are more of the same, we may see updated COVID vaccines in the future. “The technology is very agile,” says Felgner. “And they will be able to change it or modify it and then make the next generation version as the virus mutates.”

Quartz, Sept. 8, 2021
The best employers for remote workers; Workplace trends, September 2021
After years spent studying how workers use email, smartphones, and other forms of communication to signal our value at work, Melissa Mazmanian, an associate professor [and Chancellor’s Fellow] at the University of California, Irvine, with joint appointments in computer science and organization and management, offers an alternate theory. Mazmanian concludes the real root of our communication problems lies not in our digital workplace tools but in workplace culture itself. She explains more in this Q&A with Quartz’s Nicolás Rivero.

Daily Pilot, Sept. 9, 2021
As COVID-19 wreaks havoc in Vietnam, Orange County nonprofits provide needed support
Project Vietnam has worked with UC Irvine’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, which aims to improve health-based research. It is one of 11 sites in California that are a part of the National Institutes of Health Community Engagement Alliance initiative. The institute received funding to work with groups in the county who assist vulnerable populations. It has provided funding to Project Vietnam and Madison Park Neighborhood Assn. in Santa Ana in order to foster community education and outreach and to identify barriers that stand in the way of providing health services, such as vaccine hesitancy. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

EdSource, Sept. 7, 2021
Research finds ethnic studies in San Francisco had enduring impact
Research released Monday found that the benefits for San Francisco Unified students who took an ethnic studies course in ninth grade lasted throughout high school, resulting in higher attendance, higher graduation rates and increased enrollment in college, compared with similarly matched students who didn’t take the course. … The peer-reviewed study appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [Thomas] Dee’s co-authors are Emily Penner, an assistant professor [of education] at the University of California, Irvine, and Sade Bonilla ….

Voice of OC, Sept. 10, 2021
A Look at Orange County’s Arts & Culture for Fall 2021
‘The Resonant Surface: Movement, Image and Sound in California Painting’
Where: UCI Institute and Museum of California Art, 18881 Von Karman Ave., Suite 100, Irvine
When: Sept. 11-Feb. 19. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
Cost: Free
While UCI IMCA’s future on the UCI campus is still a bit vague, the institution continues to use the old Irvine Museum space on Von Karman Avenue. The newest exhibition offers selections from the museum’s holdings — including the venerable Buck Collection — through four thematic lenses: correspondence, rhythm and abstraction, dynamism and flux, and visual music. Artists will include John Bond Francisco, Agnes Pelton, Gordon Onslow Ford, Lee Mullican, Oskar Fischinger, Stanton Macdonald-Wright and Morgan Russell.

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