UCI News

CNBC, April 14, 2020
As college classes move online, don’t expect a tuition discount due to coronavirus
At the elite level, schools like Harvard have set themselves apart with small classes, distinguished professors and a strong community network, which is why some students and their families, when told to complete their coursework online, feel cheated out of some of the value associated with college attendance, said Richard Arum, dean of the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. “I do think it is a legitimate question and concern parents can have,” Arum said. “If this situation drags on into the fall, colleges and universities have a responsibility to provide high quality instruction regardless of the delivery.”

The New York Times, April 14, 2020
Stigma Hampers Iraqi Efforts to Fight the Coronavirus
Some of the fear surrounding the disease stems from the Muslim rituals surrounding death, said Sherine Hamdy, a professor of medical anthropology at the University of California at Irvine who has worked extensively in Middle Eastern communities. … “The worst thing in the world isn’t to die, but it’s to die away from your family and your community and to have no control over what happens to your body.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Wire, April 13, 2020
What to Do and Not to Do Amidst a Crisis if You Are a Public Representative
UCI Chancellor’s Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom writes, “Last year’s political crisis in Hong Kong and the public health one hitting California as well as so many other places in 2020 are very different. There is, though, a key connecting thread. Both crises have brought home to me in powerful ways how crucially important choices made by local officials can be.”

Honolulu Civil Beat, April 14, 2020
Hawaii Appears To Be Flattening The COVID-19 Curve — For Now
But when it comes to statewide trends, Hawaii is doing relatively well, according to Dominik Wodarz and Natalia Komarova, professors at the University of California at Irvine. Wodarz, a professor at the Department of Population Health and Disease Prevention, and Komarova, professor of applied mathematics, are part of a team in the university’s public health division analyzing the virus’ spread. They co-authored a paper about the trajectory of COVID-19 internationally, and have studied the disease in 10 California counties. Wodarz and Komarova said the virus’ spread in Hawaii is comparable to Orange County, and both places are doing better per capita compared with Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

The Atlantic, May 2020
The Anxious Child and the Crisis of Modern Parenting
A stronger case can be made that social media is potentially hazardous for people who are already at risk of anxiety and depression. “What we are seeing now,” writes Candice Odgers, a professor at UC Irvine who has reviewed the literature closely, “might be the emergence of a new kind of digital divide, in which differences in online experiences are amplifying risks among [the] already-vulnerable.

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