Feb. 6 - RSV surge; sustainable air travel
The winter sun casts long shadows across a courtyard at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
UCI ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
UCI Minute: What is RSV, and what’s behind the surge in cases?
In this edition of the UCI Minute, Dr. Coleen Cunningham, senior vice president and pediatrician-in-chief at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and chair of the UCI Department of Pediatrics, addresses the recent surge of RSV cases and answers questions about the virus, including how to protect children from the disease.
Steven Davis, a UCI professor of Earth system science, is a co-author of a paper that outlines the difficulties involved in decarbonizing the aviation industry. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI
UCI scientists chart future of sustainable air travel
In a paper published in Nature Sustainability, UCI Earth systems scientists outline ways for the airline industry to significantly reduce its high-carbon footprint, a necessary task to help make possible the goal set by many countries of stabilizing global mean temperature by 2050. Assuming moderate growth in demand for flights over the next few decades, steps to curtail aviation emissions include business practice and infrastructure enhancements, more efficient propulsion systems and greatly expanded use of sustainable aircraft fuels, the paper’s authors note.
Receiving the awards on behalf of UCI Health are (from left) Dr. Joseph Carmichael, chief medical officer; Chad Lefteris, CEO; Susanna Rustad, chief procurement officer & executive director, virtual care; Dr. Shaista Malik, director, Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute; and Tatyana Popkova, chief strategy officer.
Irvine Chamber of Commerce honors UCI Health
During its Jan. 26 black-tie Excellence in Healthcare Gala, the Greater Irvine Chamber recognized outstanding healthcare organizations and innovative industry leaders who continue to make advances in the region’s formidable healthcare sector. Among the honorees was the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute, which won the Wellness Program of the Year prize.
Each element in this ICS-designed periodic table honors a Black pioneer in human rights, science and technology.
ICS creates Periodic Table of Black History
To celebrate Black History Month in 2021, a Florida elementary school student named Dana Boone put up a periodic table of the elements honoring African American pioneers in science and technology. Boone got the idea from staff members at nearby Lakeland Public Library. Now, following their lead, UCI’s School of Information and Computer Sciences has created its own ICS Periodic Table of Black History.
UC NEWS AND GENERAL NEWS
California drops COVID-19 vaccine mandate for schoolchildren
A California policy requiring all schoolchildren in the state to receive COVID-19 vaccines, which was enacted in October 2021 but has been on hold since April 2022, has now been lifted. The move, which affects 6.7 million children in California, comes as health officials plan to end the state’s official COVID-19 emergency status on Feb. 28.
Updates on the Legal Landscape in Post-Roe America and Impact of the Dobbs Decision
Wednesday, noon (sponsored by UC Health & UCI School of Medicine)
Unholy Alliances: Labor, Sex Work, and Garveyism in the Dutch- and Spanish-speaking Caribbean
Wednesday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies)
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UCI IN THE NEWS
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ChatGPT is suddenly everywhere. Are we ready?
Engadget, Feb. 3
Cited: Peter Krapp, professor of film & media studies
A Looming El Niño Could Dry the Amazon
Wired, Feb. 6
Cited: James Randerson, Chancellor’s Professor of Earth systems science
Here’s what happens to your body in subzero temperatures
The Boston Globe, Feb. 3
Cited: Dr. Shruti Gohil, assistant professor of infectious diseases
Celebrating Black excellence in biological sciences
#UCIBioSci tweets: We're excited to celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth by highlighting Black excellence across #UCIBioSci! For our first feature, learn more about Roshae Roberts, Ph.D. candidate in the Interdisciplinary #Neuroscience Program.
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