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July 14 - Study suggests new ALS treatment; staff picnic set

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Anteater Time Machine: A 1993 performance by members of UCI’s Tomo No Kai club.

Anteater Time Machine: A 1993 performance by members of UCI’s Tomo No Kai club.


Study suggests bone marrow transplants for Lou Gehrig’s disease

It’s not just a haywire central nervous system that causes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to a UCI-led study published in the journal Nature. Immune system abnormalities also contribute, a finding that suggests bone marrow transplants may be an effective new treatment, according to Dr. Albert LaSpada, a UCI distinguished professor of pathology, neurology and biological chemistry, who collaborated on the research with microbiologists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York.

Staff Appreciation Picnic scheduled - RSVP by July 20th.

Staff Appreciation Picnic scheduled

After being sidelined for two years because of the pandemic, UCI’s Staff Appreciation Picnic is set to return Aug. 25 at 11:30 a.m., but in a new location (ARC Main Field) that will limit some activities. To assist with planning, organizers request that staff RSVP by July 20.

Irvine Co. apartments offer faculty/staff discount

UCI employees who sign a lease in select Irvine Co. apartment complexes will receive a $65-a-month rent discount – and their security deposit will be $99.


FDA authorizes new COVID vaccine

Novavax’s more traditional type of shot – a protein vaccine – was approved for U.S. adults on Wednesday by the FDA. Protein vaccines have been used for years to prevent hepatitis B, shingles, flu and other diseases. It’s a very different technology from Pfizer and Moderna’s mRNA vaccines, which deliver genetic instructions for the body to produce its own copies of the spike protein. However, like the mRNA vaccines, Novavax is linked to an increased but rare risk of myocarditis and pericarditis, an inflammation of the heart or its lining. This side effect most often occurs in adolescent males and young men, who are at elevated risk for the condition generally. Novavax’s two-dose shot is already in use in Europe and other nations. It still needs CDC approval.


UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge Rally
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Health)

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Masks could return to Los Angeles as COVID surges nationwide

Associated Press, July 14
Cited: Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health

How the Upwardly Mobile Feel About Wealth

The Wall Street Journal, July 14
Cited: Hyunjin Koo, doctoral candidate in psychological science, and Paul Piff, associate professor of psychological science

California judges able to renew domestic violence protection orders under new law

The Orange County Register, July 14
Cited: Jane Stoever, clinical law professor and director of the Domestic Violence Clinic


While sporting an Anteater bandanna, an Australian cattle dog named Charlotte checks out the views in Upper Newport Bay. (@ucirvine)

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25 new campus cases

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