Feb. 17 -Making Fitbits more useful; faculty explain critical race theory
Anteater Time Machine: Students strumming in the park, sometime between April 1981 and June 1984, according to UCI photo archives. Far out, man.
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
Making Fitbit data more useful for research
Although Fitbit and other wearable tracking devices are increasingly used in medical research studies, there’s a pitfall: Different brands use different sensors and algorithms. To help remedy the inconsistency, a UCI-led team has developed a framework for standardizing data collection and reporting.
Critical race theory, explained
In a video series, five UCI professors explain what critical race theory entails, why it’s important and how it became controversial.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
CDC may loosen mask guidance next week
"We want to give people a break from things like mask wearing when these metrics are better, and then have the ability to reach for them again should things worsen," CDC chief Rochelle Walensky told reporters on Wednesday. Meanwhile, at a press conference this afternoon, California officials plan to unveil a new “endemic phase” approach to living with the virus.
73% of Americans immune to omicron. Is it enough?
Scientists at Johns Hopkins University estimate that about 3 of 4 Americans will have been infected by omicron by the end of the surge. This will prevent or shorten new illnesses and reduce the amount of virus circulating overall, likely tamping down new waves, health experts said.
O.C. cases and hospitalizations continue to decline
Of those hospitalized, 84% were unvaccinated, the Orange County Health Care Agency reported. Overall, case rates and other trends look encouraging, officials said. Among residents age 65 and up, 93% are fully vaccinated.
Binding Blacks: Du Bois and Camus on Engaging the World
Monday, 4 p.m. (co-sponsored by UCI Program in Religious Studies)
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UCI IN THE NEWS
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Daily Pilot, Feb. 16
Cited: Michael Yassa, professor of neurobiology and behavior
The Atlantic, Feb. 17
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health
The Guardian, Feb. 17
Cited: Aurora Gutierrez, a project specialist in the Department of Earth System Science
Jon Gould, UCI’s new School of Social Ecology dean, tweeted recently: “If I can get up on a few waves, you, too, can try something you thought impossible.”
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