UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, Sept. 19, 2022
Krzysztof Palczewski: Research With Rigor
Dr. Krzysztof Palczewski is searching for the cure to blindness. … Palczewski, [Donald Bren Professor of Ophthalmology], is the director of the Center for Translational Vision Research at UCI and is a faculty member in the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. He has positioned UCI to take the lead in cutting-edge research and has brought the university to the forefront of eye health, according to [Dr. Michael] Stamos (dean of the UCI School of Medicine]. “We believe UCI can be the best place for research in the world,” Palczewski said. “The one place to eliminate blindness.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Good Housekeeping, Sept. 17, 2022
8 Potential Bivalent Omicron Booster Side Effects to Anticipate, Experts Say
Since the formulation of this particular round of bivalent booster vaccines was made in a very similar process to earlier options, experts aren’t expecting any new subsets of potential side effects to present this fall. Shruti Gohil, M.D. associate medical director of infection prevention at UCI Health and an [assistant] professor at the University of California, Irvine, posits an analogy that this bivalent vaccine is like a riff on a standard brownie recipe: “You’re going to have almost the same ingredients, and bake it for the same time at the same temperature — but this time, instead of just chocolate chips, you add dark chocolate, too,” she tells Good Housekeeping. “The resulting brownie is the same, though.”

The Orange County Register, Sept. 16, 2022
Opinion: Why recalling progressive prosecutors is the wrong idea
Jon Gould, UCI dean of the School of Social Ecology and Professor of Criminology, Law and Society writes, “So, when you hear politicians or activists call for the recall of a prosecutor, ask yourself what is really going on. Is the issue crime or larger social discontent? Is the problem something prosecutors can control or are other factors, people, or functions a more powerful influence? What are the motives of the campaigners, and who is likely to benefit if the prosecutor is removed? Finally, will greater punitiveness truly solve the problem or will we simply return to an era of heightened criminalization that ignores the trail of racial disparities in its wake? It’s a complicated case. You need to be the jury. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Financial Times, Sept. 17, 2022
Federal Reserve to keep interest rates above 4% beyond 2023, economists predict
The Federal Open Market Committee has already raised interest rates this year at the fastest pace since 1981 and is expected to implement a third consecutive 0.75 percentage point rate rise on Wednesday. … “The FOMC has still not come to terms with how high they need to raise rates,” said Eric Swanson, a professor [of economics] at the University of California, Irvine, who foresees the fed funds rate eventually topping out between 5 and 6 per cent. “If the Fed wants to slow the economy now, they need to raise the funds rate above [core] inflation.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ft]

The Economist, Sept. 16, 2022 (Subscription)
The falling cost of petrol is good news for Joe Biden
In “Identity Crisis”, a book published in 2018 about voter psychology and behaviour in the 2016 election, three political scientists, John Sides, Michael Tesler, [UCI professor of political science] and Lynn Vavreck, find that the University of Michigan’s Index of Consumer Sentiment had predicted the approval ratings of presidents from Kennedy to George W. Bush pretty accurately. But under Barack Obama and Donald Trump, the correlation fell apart. An improvement in perceived economic conditions did not translate into a boost in ratings. Polarisation was the culprit. Consumer confidence improved under Mr Trump, but that was explained almost entirely by sentiment among Republicans, who were already predisposed to approve of his performance as president.

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