UCI News

The New York Times, Sept. 5, 2021
Covid Deaths Surge Across a Weary America as a Once-Hopeful Summer Ends
“What worries me the most is not where we’re at, although that’s bad enough, but where we’re headed,” said Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine. “I think the U.S. is still in for a doozy of a next six months. We haven’t seen the effects yet of school reopening.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Money – MSN.com (Stacker), Sept. 7, 2021
Public colleges with the best return on investment
#32. University of California, Irvine. … The New York Times called the University of California-Irvine “the number one school in the country doing the most for the American dream,” meaning it ensures its students aren’t just coming from the 1%, but from all economic levels and backgrounds. If that doesn’t speak highly enough about the 37,000 student-strong school, maybe this will: UC Irvine has a 93% one-year retention rate and an 83% graduation rate over six years.

Daily Pilot, Sept. 4, 2021 (Front page print edition)
UC Irvine working to bring at-risk Afghan scholars fleeing danger to campus, safety
A local effort [The UCI Afghanistan Emergency Response Fund] is underway at UC Irvine, where administrators across the campus have committed $250,000 to help academics, lawyers, artists and journalists continue their work in places of refuge. … “There are many Afghan scholars, particularly women scholars, who’ve been getting PhDs for the past 20 years, and they’ve grown up with this possibility, but now it’s shutting down on them,” [comparative literature professor Jane O.] Newman said in an interview Wednesday. “If we just abandon these people, what do we think is going to happen to the U.S. in the world?” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Business Journal, Sept. 6, 2021
UCI Finds Disparities in COVID Infections, Deaths
Class, race and other demographics determined the risk of COVID-19 infection and death among Orange County residents in 2020, a new study conducted by the University of California, Irvine found. … “A pandemic is really made up of many local epidemics, each playing out according to local contextual factors,” Daniel Parker, [assistant] professor of public health, infectious disease epidemiologist and author of the study said in a statement. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, Sept. 3, 2021
Should 4,400 UC Irvine homes count toward city’s new housing goal?
Irvine is asking state Housing and Community Development officials … to include 4,400 units of existing housing for UC Irvine grad students, families and staff in a plan [for a state mandate to plan for more than 23,600 new homes over the next eight years] ….  UCI officials are backing the city’s request. An April 30 letter to the state signed by UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman, Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan and Councilman Mike Carroll noted that UCI is the city’s largest employer, and “the housing provided for faculty, staff, students and student families will meet a housing need that otherwise would have to be met in the surrounding neighborhoods.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

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