UCI News

ABC7, Sept. 28, 2020 (Video)
UC prepares for fall quarter with majority of classes online, limited dorms
The first day of instruction for UCLA, UC Irvine and UC Riverside is Thursday. … Now, UCLA, UC Irvine and UC Riverside will conduct remote-only instruction for the fall quarter. One exception is a limited number of in-person courses to train students for essential workforce positions. … At UC Irvine, weekly COVID-19 testing is already in place for those who choose to live in dorms. Classes at UC Irvine will be remote, but about 7,000 students in need of housing will live on campus.

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 25, 2020 (Opinion)
Op-Ed: Don’t fall for claims of voter fraud. Political operatives want to turn errors into a way to throw the election
Richard L. Hasen, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law and political science writes, “Let’s admit this now: We are not going to have a perfect election in November. We never have perfect elections. … This doesn’t mean we won’t have a fair election overall, and we should not allow cynical political operatives to parlay small-bore errors into a full-scale attack on the integrity of the November vote. … The days leading up to November’s election may be rocky. But competence, patience, transparency and perspective are the best antidote to attempts to manipulate small-scale election problems into a full blown crisis.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CNBC, Sept. 25, 2020 (Video)
What the second wave of coronavirus in Europe means for Americans: CNBC After Hours
Andrew Noymer, UCI associate professor of public health said, “I expect the second wave of the coronavirus to be more severe this time around because of the fall season and there is a potential role that school children play in sort of being a catalyst, an engine, of influenza epidemiology, direct comparisons do have their pitfalls because this is coronavirus not flu.” [Starts 10:45].

Orange County Business Journal, Sept. 28, 2020
Irvine Co. taps UCI for pandemic plan
Now, the Irvine Company is doubling down on its effort by being the latest local business to tap health officials at the University of California, Irvine for specified reopening guidance, both for its property portfolio and its own internal offices in and outside of California. … After hearing Dr. Susan Huang, an infectious disease professor at UCI, speak in a paneled discussion, the company approached her to “provide a deeper review” of the reopening plan, and provide actionable strategies for the company’s own office operations, as well as its portfolio in Orange County. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Voice of OC, Sept. 25, 2020
As Orange County classrooms reopen, questions about coronavirus spread surface
Dr. Dan Cooper, a top professor of pediatrics at UC Irvine, said while OC’s case rates are improving, it doesn’t mean all schools should automatically reopen — especially in areas where the case rates are high. He’s also concerned about the lack of a data collection center that could gather information on everything from outbreaks and contact tracing to specifics on how the virus is spreading in schools and who’s catching it. “The problem is there really should be a systematic data collection effort,” Cooper said in a Thursday phone interview.

Previously “In the News”