UCI News

The Orange County Register, Sept. 28, 2021
The Great Park could be ‘presented by UCI Health’ under sponsorship deal
Under a 10-year, multi-million dollar deal, UCI Health could become the Great Park’s top sponsor, giving the medical center a range of branding perks that include featuring its name on the park’s logo beside the words “presented by.” … The sponsorship comes amid expansion plans for UCI Health. The medical center is building a new health complex near the northern edge of its university campus, which will feature a 144-bed hospital, specialized oncology and neuroscience services, children’s health and urgent care facilities. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

The Washington Post, Sept. 29, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: Here’s what Congress can do to keep the next Trump from stealing an election
Richard L. Hasen, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of law and political science writes, “Simply put, we face a serious risk that election results will not reflect the will of the people in 2024 or some other future American presidential election. Congress has the power to put up barriers to election theft, but the window is quickly closing.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

Parade Magazine, Sept. 28, 2021
There Are a Lot More COVID Testing Options Available Than There Used to Be—Here’s How to Find the Right One for Your Situation
The antigen tests can be more variable in terms of accuracy, says Dr. Philip Felgner, PhD, director of the UCI Vaccine Research and Development Center [and professor of physiology and biophysics] at the University of California, Irvine.  “So, it’s hard to make a blanket statement that antigen tests are better or worse than the PCR tests, because it depends on which antigen test you are using,” he says. … “Antibody tests measure whether you were previously exposed to the virus, or whether you were vaccinated and still have the antibody response to what is presented in the vaccine,” explains Dr. Felgner.

Yahoo News, Sept. 28, 2021
‘Ice melange’ warning over Antarctica ice shelf collapse
“The thinning of the ice melange that glues together large segments of floating ice shelves is another way climate change can cause rapid retreat of Antarctica’s ice shelves,” said co-author Eric Rignot, UCI professor of Earth system science. “With this in mind, we may need to rethink our estimates about the timing and extent of sea level rise from polar ice loss – i.e., it could come sooner and with a bigger bang than expected.”

PBS NOVA, Sept. 29 2021 (Watch)
The Cannabis Question
NOVA: The Cannabis Question, premiering Wednesday, September 29, 2021, follows scientists such as [anatomy and neurobiology Professor] Daniele Piomelli at UC Irvine and Yasmin Hurd at Mount Sinai Hospital, who are leading research on the endocannabinoid system—a collection of chemicals and receptors throughout the brain and body that help the body maintain balance, or homeostasis. [Starts 6:34]

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