UCI News

KTLA 5, Sept. 24, 2020 (Video)
UC Irvine Anti-Cancer Challenge with Monarch Beach Resort
Dr. Richard A. Van Etten, M.D. PhD, UCI School of Medicine/Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center said, “The UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge is a fund raising event raise money to support the most innovative cancer research cancer research at UCI and our cancer center. People can sign up on the website …. Every dollar raised goes to support the most innovative cancer research at UCI and our pediatric partner, CHOC Children’s Hospital. In the past 3 years, we’ve raised over 1.5 million dollars and the return on investment in terms of getting grants is about 18:1, so for every dollar we put in, we get about 18 dollars back in grants from the NCI and American Cancer Society.”

Orange County Register, Sept. 21, 2020
Here’s one district’s plans, Capistrano Unified, for a safe return of students to classrooms
Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and an associate professor of public health at UC Irvine, said with the improving health conditions in the county, he’s comfortable with campuses opening, but he still has some concerns with students being asymptomatic – meaning they have the virus, but aren’t showing symptoms. “My biggest fear is actually not the children,” he said. “Kids really don’t get sick from this bug. They get infected, so they test positive, but illness is quite rare. “I’m worried the role infection can play in transmission.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Scientific American, Sept. 24, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: Does ‘brain training’ actually work?
Susanne M. Jaeggi, UCI professor of education and cognitive science, Anja Pahor, UCI project scientist and Aaron R. Seitz write, “We are looking to engage the U.S. population in a new challenge to test why and for whom brain training works, and under which conditions. To accomplish our goal, we have launched a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health that aims to recruit 30,000 volunteers to participate in a memory training study that compares multiple approaches to train working memory.”

Law.com, Sept. 23, 2020
Women of color in corporate legal speaking out on racial justice could lead to systemic change
“There are many who want to learn about the history of structural racism and what that means,” L. Song Richardson, dean and Chancellor’s Professor of law at the University of California Irvine, said. “People are willing to learn and listen, which I think is a big difference from the past.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Consumer Affairs, Sept. 21, 2020
Coronavirus update: CDC issues new COVID-19 guidance, cruise lines getting ready
Feeling stressed lately? Researchers at the University of California Irvine say they aren’t surprised, and they blame most of the rising tension on COVID-19. … “The media is a critical source of information for people when they’re faced with ambiguous, ongoing disasters,” said Roxane Cohen Silver, professor of psychological science and one of the study’s principal investigators. “But too much exposure can be overwhelming and lead to more stress, worry, and perceived risks.”

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