UCI News

The Orange County Register, Sept. 20, 2021
UC Irvine to add $50 million health science facility, the campus’s largest research center
Adding to a “health sciences district” taking shape on the southwest side of campus, UC Irvine announced it will build a new 200,0000-square-foot facility for collaborative research on cancer, neuroscience, regenerative medicine and other specialties. Called the Falling Leaves Foundation Medical Innovation Building, it will be the largest research building on campus and one of the largest in the western U.S., UCI officials said. It will be funded by a $30 million donation from the Huntington Beach-based foundation of the same name and $20 million in other private contributions. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Orange County Business Journal, Sept. 20, 2021 (Front page/Innovators of the Year)
Felgner’s Lifetime of Vaccine Work Put to Rapid Use
Those still skeptical of the seemingly fast rollout of COVID-19 vaccines can take comfort in knowing the medical technology is actually 40 years in the making—a culmination of decades of work from hundreds of scientists worldwide. One of whom is Dr. Philip Felgner, professor of physiology and biophysics and director of the UCI Vaccine Research & Development Center and the university’s Protein Microarray Laboratory. He’s dedicated his life’s work to gene therapy and the immune system. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Business Journal, Sept. 20, 2021 (Innovators of the Year)
Kenneth Chang: Helping OC’s Stomachs Get Better
Dr. Kenneth Chang, [director-H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center], is one of the world’s preeminent experts on stomachs. For the past 30 years, from his base at the University of California, Irvine, he’s researched endoscopic modalities for cancer, staging and therapy. … In 2017, he started the innovative UCI Digestive Health Institute that is teaching doctors around the world new methods of treating stomach diseases. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Orange County Register, Sept. 17, 2021 (Slideshow)
Move-in day at UCI is all hands on deck
Classes are soon to be back in session at UC Irvine and students have been filling up the university’s on-campus housing with the help, or at least moral support, of parents, friends, welcome committee volunteers and for a few hours on Friday, Sept. 17, UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 17, 2021
Hate attacks are up in Orange County, with a huge increase against Asian Americans, new report says
“It’s just distressing to see that year over year, the Black community in Orange County is disproportionately among the victims of hate incidents and crimes, which are a far more serious expression of hate,” said Douglas Haynes, the vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at UC Irvine. … There are two contradictory narratives about Orange County, he said. “One narrative is very much, I believe, a 21st century narrative that we are a very diverse county. … I think that’s real evidence for progress,” he said. “And yet at the same time, what’s striking is we have a 20th century problem, the data show, in terms of antisemitism, anti-Asian, anti-Black discrimination of various forms.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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