UCI News

Orange County Register, Sept. 22, 2020
UC Irvine to test students living on campus weekly for COVID-19
A majority of classes at UC Irvine will be taught remotely when the fall term starts Oct. 1, but that doesn’t mean the campus is empty of students. With about 3,600 students already living in campus accommodations and another 3,500 expected to move in by the end of the month, the school launched a coronavirus testing program recently to make sure every student gets a test before school starts – and university officials plan to require weekly testing after that. The goal is “to protect the health and well-being of our campus,” because for some students, it’s the safest or most practical place for them to be, said Dr. Albert Chang, medical director of UCI’s Student Health Center. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Newsweek, Sept. 23, 2020 (Opinion)
In RBG’s legacy, echoes of a feminist president: Jimmy Carter | Opinion
Michele Goodwin, UCI Chancellor’s Professor writes, “As we mark the passing of a great champion of women’s equality in the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg her legacy exposes the urgent work of her time, as well as that which remains. … If Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the Notorious RBG, then Jimmy Carter was the masterful MC, clearing the path for a revolution of women to come into the federal courts—or at least relatively so. Not only did he nominate Ginsburg, but also the first women to serve on the Second, Third, Fifth, Tenth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeal.”

ABA Journal, Sept. 23, 2020 (Podcast)
Constitutional scholars sound warning on SCOTUS and the separation of church and state
The separation of church and state is a concept that is often talked about, but there’s hardly a national consensus on what that should look like—or whether it should exist at all. In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has been shifting towards an “accomodationist” interpretation, say the authors of The Religion Clauses: The Case for Separating Church and State. To Erwin Chemerinsky and [UCI Chancellor] Howard Gillman, this is a dangerous approach. … In this episode of the Modern Law Library podcast, Chemerinsky and Gillman explain to the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles the difference between separationist and accomodationist views, the reason they felt that it was an opportune time to write this book, and what they hope to accomplish with its release.

KFI (CNS), Sept. 23, 2020
UC Irvine doctor helps OC schools reopen safely
As some public school students in Fountain Valley returned to campus today, a prominent UC Irvine pediatrician who has consulted with local educators on the coronavirus said the safety of in-person instruction depends on how well a school prepares for it. “I’m a believer that the schools should be open and the safest place for the kids is the schools,” said Dr. Dan Cooper, a professor of pediatrics who is leading a research effort with Children’s Hospital of Orange County and the county that will track the progress of return to personal instruction at four Orange County schools.

Kaiser Health News, Sept. 23, 2020
Battle rages inside hospitals over how COVID strikes and kills
The idea that the virus is spread by either droplets or aerosols is an oversimplification, said Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. Gohil said it’s more of a spectrum, with the virus being transmitted by some droplets and some large aerosol particles as well.

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