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Spectrum News 1 (City News Service), April 13, 2022 (Video)
Orange County’s COVID hospitalizations and cases remain stable
Dr. Jose Mayorga, executive director of UCI Health Family Health Centers said, “Here in Orange County, the cases are on the low end and that’s a really good sign.” … [People who are not vaccinated], “Those are going to be the people in the emergency rooms or the hospital after spring break.” … He said the pandemic isn’t over yet. “We are not trying to project doom and gloom on folks, especially now that we have tools available to us, we have rapid home tests, we have vaccinations available to those over the age of 5, those are the things we need to concentrate our energy on.” … Andrew Noymer, UCI [associate] professor of public health [said], “I’m not expecting a big wave of hospitalizations in the next four weeks either.”

The New York Times, April 13, 2022 (Opinion)
Opinion: Trump Poses a Test Democracy Is Failing
In a March 2022 paper “Good Citizens’ in Democratic Hard Times,” Sara Wallace Goodman, [associate professor of political science], of the University of California, Irvine examined the growing disagreement among voters over what the obligations of a good citizen are. Goodman compared voter attitudes on what constitutes “good citizen” norms in 2004 and in 2019. A strikingly high level of agreement between Republicans and Democrats in 2004 had nearly disappeared by 2019, according to Goodman’s research …. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Vox, April 12, 2022
Elon Musk is no free speech messiah
“[Twitter] is a global platform,” said David Kaye, a UC Irvine [clinical] law professor and former UN special rapporteur for free speech. “So for somebody with a lot of money to just come in and say, ‘Look, I’m going to buy a part of this company, and therefore my voice as to how your rules are adopted and enforced is going to have more power than anybody else’s’ — I think that’s regressive after years of [Twitter] trying to make sensible rules.”

The Debrief, April 12, 2022
A New Smart Material Inspired by Squid Skin Could Keep Your Coffee Warm
What may sound like something out of a science fiction film will actually be helpful to the millions of coffee and tea drinkers around the world: a new material to keep your drink warm… inspired by squid skin. Designed by a chemical and biomolecular engineering [associate] professor at the University of California IrvineAlon Gorodetsky, the material is built into a sleeve to help insulate a drink. This adaptive material can also be used to help insulate restaurant take-out containers, postage parcels, and possibly even shipping containers. Gorodetsky took inspiration for this next-level technology from the squid’s color-changing centers in their skin, called chromatophores.

MSNBC, April 4, 2022 (Video)
Senate could vote Thursday to confirm Judge Jackson
Joining us now is Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor`s Professor of law at the University of California, Irvine…. “There’s a lot more to be alarmed by in this than the way Judge Jackson was treated by Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I think that these hearings represented what we must be concerned about in terms of the future of our American democracy based on the conduct and the questions that were asked which are really quite serious and that implicate reproductive health and rights, that implicate LGBTQ equality, that implicate the First Amendment and so much more,” said Goodwin.

Previously “In the News”