UCI News

Drug Store News, Sept. 14, 2021
UCI to welcome inaugural Pharm.D. class with white coat ceremony
The inaugural class of Pharm.D. students at the University of California, Irvine will begin their journey on Sept. 24 at a white coat ceremony, a rite of passage marking the transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences. “We are thrilled to welcome the first cohort of Pharm.D. students, who are the next generation of pharmacists who will help people live healthier, better lives,” said Jan Hirsch, founding dean of UCI’s School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences [and clinical pharmacy professor].

Daily Pilot, Sept. 15, 2021 (Opinion column)
Apodaca: Recognizing Orange County warriors in the fight against climate change
Take Brett Sanders, a professor of civil and environmental engineering. Sanders is an expert in water, specifically flooding and erosion. One of the projects his team at UCI has been working on is to develop new models to estimate how well infrastructure can withstand compounding hazards of successive fire and flooding events — crucial information given the increasing size and recurrence of such calamities. … Sanders’ colleague, assistant professor Tiirtha Banerjee, is also a civil and environmental engineer, but his area of expertise is wildfires, another immensely important area of study. … Another one of their colleagues, assistant professor Christopher Olivares Martinez, is also focused on the impact of wildfires on water quality. … [Professor] Jun Wu, whose specialty is environmental health, is researching the effects of pollution and climate change on health. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Spectrum News 1, Sept. 15, 2021
Orange County Democrats celebrate recall victory as Republicans look to the future
“The Republicans had an opportunity because of the pandemic and because of some of the personal failings of Gavin Newsom, and they failed to capitalize,” said Louis DeSipio, a political science professor at the University of California, Irvine. “And I think they face a harder road in 2022 than they otherwise would.” DeSipio added that it would be a mistake to take lessons from the results and apply them to national sentiments about abortion policy or the 2024 presidential election.

Medscape, Sept. 16, 2021
CDC Says COVID, Flu Vaccines Can Be Co-Administered
Consistent with the CDC recommendations, Andrew Noymer, PhD, did not see any problems with co-administration of the COVID-19 and flu vaccines. “The seasonal flu shot is very well tolerated (has low rates of serious adverse events), as is the COVID shot,” commented Noymer, [associate professor in] the Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention at the University of California, Irvine. In an interview with Medscape Medical News, Noymer commented, “People often wonder, can the body handle two vaccines simultaneously? The answer is yes, and we do this all the time. The MMR vaccine given to children is, in fact, a cocktail of three vaccines, and the MMRV is a cocktail of four. So I’m not concerned by dual administration of influenza and COVID vaccines.

EdSource, Sept. 15, 2021
‘Pool testing’ to combat Covid on campus grows popular in California schools
With pool testing, nasal swabs from up to 25 asymptomatic students are submitted together for a single PCR test. … Another downside is that if the pool is large, the test may be less sensitive and miss a positive case, said Dr. Edwin Monuki, [professor and] chair of the Department of Pathology at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. “For this reason, pooling should only be considered in conjunction with a sensitive high-quality test,” he said.

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