UCI News

Business Insider, Sept. 30, 2021
A COVID-19 pill could soon fill a gap in our pandemic response that vaccines can’t overcome
Antivirals would be “one more piece of the larger puzzle of solving the COVID problem,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, the director [and founding dean] of the public-health program University of California, Irvine, who is not involved with the research. But Boden-Albala said she was worried the public-health system wouldn’t be equipped with widely available rapid testing and an easy way to quickly write and dispense prescriptions for the millions of patients in the US with the virus.

The New York Times, Sept. 30, 2021
Mandates Boost Vaccination Rates Among Health Care Workers in California
California’s requirement for all health care workers to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, which took effect Thursday, appears to have compelled tens of thousands of unvaccinated employees to get shots in recent weeks, bolstering the case for employer mandates. … Similarly high compliance rates were reported by Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto where officials said 97 percent of 15,000 workers were now vaccinated … and at UCI Health in Orange County, where officials said the university and state mandates have boosted vaccination rates among nurses to 95 percent. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Well + Good, Sept. 28, 2021
Researchers Predict a Steady Decline in COVID-19 Cases Through March 2022—Here’s the Only Way We’ll Make It Happen
While things should be looking up by March, Andrew Noymer, PhD, an associate professor of population health and disease prevention at the University of California, Irvine, says that we should still expect to see surges in the future. “I don’t doubt that a hundred deaths a day by March 2022 is a possibility, especially since it’s described as the best-case scenario’” says Dr. Noymer. “But I expect the cyclicality to remain. That means at some point in the future after March 2022 to have another wave.

Martha Stewart, Sept. 27, 2021
These Doctor-Approved Brain Games Will Sharpen Your Memory
“Cognitive exercise is important for maintaining good cognitive functioning throughout your lifespan, and it may help prevent or slow any current or further decline,” says Dr. Hayley Kristinsson, a neuropsychologist at UCI Health’s Department of Neurology. … Researchers are still learning exactly how brain games affect cognition, and Dr. Kristinsson says that research is mixed regarding their ability to prevent neurological disorders like dementia. But we do know that they stimulate the brain to work in new ways, which is key for a healthy mind, Dr. Kristinsson explains.

LA Weekly, Sept. 29, 2021
The Resonant Surface explores musicality in visual art
Entering The Resonant Surface at Irvine’s Institute and Museum of California Art feels like walking into an exotic world, perhaps one from another time. The viewer first sees a film, Soul of the Cypress by Dudley Murphy, with Debussy’s Impressionist composition “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” playing in the background. … In conjunction with this exhibition, IMCA is presenting a range of experiential programs for audience interactions and exchanges, addressing what it means to resonate.

Previously “In the News”