UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, April 18, 2022
UCI’s Cybersecurity Institute Ups Augmented Reality
The University of California, Irvine’s cybersecurity institute is moving further into augmented and virtual reality. Among other new projects, the school’s multidisciplinary Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute (CPRI) is seeking to develop a university-wide infrastructure to do immersive learning based on virtual reality and augmented reality. “I’m trying to develop a capacity to do immersive cyber-response exercises,” said Bryan Cunningham, CPRI, executive director. “That technology has a much broader implication than just for cybersecurity.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Marketplace, April 19, 2022 (Audio)
What does it take to be an effective mental health app?
There are thousands of mental health apps …. But not all these apps are backed by science. Stephen Schueller is an [associate] professor of psychological science at University of California, Irvine, and the executive director of One Mind PsyberGuide, which provides expert ratings for hundreds of wellness apps. He talked to host Meghan McCarty Carino about how the apps are rated.

Financial Times, April 18, 2022
Baby bust: Pandemic accelerates fall in China’s birth rate
Beijing dropped the one-child policy in 2016 but that did not reverse the demographic decline — the number of new infants born has fallen every year since then. “This is a slow storm that has gained strength over the past few years,” said Wang Feng, an expert on China’s demographic change [and sociology professor] at the University of California, Irvine, in the US. He said the “historical footprint” left by the policy meant families have grown accustomed to having a single child. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ft]

Business Insider, April 11, 2022
A mental-health crisis is brewing in Silicon Valley as tech workers complain of sexual issues, burnout, and distress. Some say even the perks can’t make them stay.
Melissa Mazmanian, a UC Irvine informatics professor, and author of  Dreams of the Overworked: Living, Working, and Parenting in the Digital Age, doesn’t think Silicon Valley’s competitive salaries or other perks will help, especially when retaining women or other traditionally marginalized employees. “We’re navigating this collective trauma, and if you’re taxed out of your mind and you don’t feel seen or valued, why stay?” she said. “Business is a capitalist enterprise. But at times of stress and trouble the inequity starts to ring hollow.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Healthline, April 18, 2022
To Mask Or Not to Mask: How to Decide Where to Wear a Facial Covering
“Given the increase in cases associated with the more highly transmissible BA.2 variant, many communities are recommending universal masking regardless of vaccination status when indoors in public settings,” David Souleles, MPH, the director of COVID-19 Response at the University of California Irvine, told Healthline.

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