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The New York Times, April 9, 2021
Beyond Pandemic’s Upheaval, a Racial Wealth Gap Endures
Americans, much more than people from other countries, interpret “their advantages in terms of things they themselves have earned or deserved as opposed to thinking it’s the result of an unfair world,” Paul Piff, [UCI assistant professor of psychological science] said. … Without dedicated funds — the kind of programs that enabled white families to build assets — it won’t be possible for African-Americans to bridge the wealth gap, said Mehrsa Baradaran, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine ….  [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

The American Scholar, April 12, 2021
Four Masks and a Funeral
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of history writes, “The air in Chengdu has become less toxic since those artists put masks on statues a few years ago. It can be much more dangerous now in Hong Kong, though, for ordinary people to do what once were ordinary things without covering their faces. And Covid-19 is by no means the only, and sometimes not even the main, reason why.”

Business Insider, April 10, 2021
Sports and other large outdoor events are finally returning but experts say they shouldn’t be an ‘unregulated free-for-all’
“Because it’s outdoors, I may surprise you here, but I do think they can play baseball in front of fans,” Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health], an infectious disease specialist at the University of California Irvine, told Insider. … Despite the good situation in Texas, Noymer said precautions should still be taken at large events. He said they should still be at 50% capacity, at most, but noted that when people cannot be spaced apart they should be wearing masks.

Los Angeles Times, April 12, 2021
UC explains admissions decisions in a record application year of much heartbreak, some joy
At UC Irvine, admissions officers had to review a record 108,000 applications for freshmen spots. Almost half of the students applied to just six of 85 majors — with biological sciences the top choice, selected by nearly 12,000 applicants. Other popular majors were business administration, nursing science, computer science and psychology. Dale Leaman, UC Irvine’s executive director of undergraduate admissions, said Irvine probably couldn’t accommodate more than 10% of biological sciences applicants. Less popular majors would probably have a higher admission rate, he said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Forbes, April 11, 2021 (Senior contributor)
The Pandemic Isn’t Over, But Its Emissions Reduction Is
“I can tell you that, nationwide, emissions are 3 percent higher already in the first two months of 2021 than they were in the first two—which were unaffected by the pandemic—of 2020,” said Steven J. Davis, [associate professor], of Earth system science with the University of California, Irvine. “We’re bouncing back.”

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