UCI News

The Orange County Register, Sept. 15, 2021
With pandemic lingering, Orange County universities strive for in-person experience
David Souleles, director of UCI’s COVID-19 response team, said the emergence of the Delta variant was an unforeseen snag at this stage in the pandemic, and changing guidance on masking led the university to institute an indoor mask mandate for everyone, regardless of vaccination – a shift from what university leaders previously anticipated. But availability and effectiveness of the vaccine “has been huge,” he said, in allowing in-person instruction to resume. The university requires all its students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before coming to campus, except for people with an approved exemption. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Bloomberg Businessweek + Equality, Sept. 14, 2021
Women Fill Fewer MBA Spots Than Men, and Covid Isn’t Helping
The inaugural Bloomberg Businessweek Best B-Schools Diversity Index shows women secured fewer than 40% of MBA spots at the 84 U.S. schools included in the study and were at parity or better at only five schools. … The only programs in the Bloomberg Businessweek index in which women were a majority of the cohorts were at … the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine ….

The Washington Post, Sept. 14, 2021
Opinion: Democrats should finally close the carried interest loophole for the wealthy
The Congressional Budget Office says that closing the loophole would bring in $14 billion over 10 years. But others think that’s a seriously lowball estimate. Victor Fleischer, a tax law professor at the University of California at Irvine, calculates that the reform would bring in as much as $180 billion over the same period. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

Marketplace, Sept. 14, 2021 (Audio)
10 years later, was the Occupy Wall Street movement effective?
Now, many experts say the movement laid the groundwork for the economic platform of the modern Democratic Party. “Marketplace” host Kai Ryssdal spoke with David S. Meyer, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, about the Occupy movement’s impact 10 years on. … “When we look back at Occupy 10 years later, it makes sense to take stock, not of all the things that didn’t happen — an egalitarian, just society, where everybody has health care and there’s no political and economic inequality — count that a loss, but that doesn’t mean that Occupy didn’t make a big difference in the political debate. Because it did,” [Meyer said].

NPR (All Things Considered), Sept. 14, 2021 (Audio)
If You’re Brave Enough — An Injection Of Pufferfish Toxin Could Treat ‘Lazy Eye’
In the meantime, scientists are trying other tactics to treat amblyopia in adult brains. Steven Greco is part of an [anatomy & neurobiology] team at the University of California, Irvine that has done experiments using the drug ketamine. [He said], “Mice that were treated with ketamine – the vision in their amblyopic eye had improved very significantly, and we were able to see that with behavioral testing of visual performance.” … Greco says ketamine probably worked because it induces brain plasticity.

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