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Daily Pilot, April 20, 2021
UC Irvine to open campus partially in July; full return slated for September
It’s been more than a year since UC Irvine closed last March and both students and professors swiftly transitioned to online courses, but they’ll be able to return to the university as early as July in a phased back-to-campus plan. “Our next chapter will focus on the needs of our community, utilizing innovative solutions to create a UCI experience that is more satisfying, productive and supportive,” said Chancellor Howard Gillman in a statement released Tuesday announcing the return. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, April 20, 2021
The Death of George Floyd Reignited a Movement. What Happens Now?
Davin Phoenix, an [associate professor of] political science at the University of California, Irvine [said], “Before Black people even get a chance to process their feelings of trauma and grief, they’re being told by people they elected to the White House — that they put into power — ‘Don’t do this, don’t do that,’” Mr. Phoenix said. “I would love if more politicians, at least those that claim to be allied, turn to the police and say, ‘Don’t do this, don’t do that.’” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Daily Pilot, April 20, 2021
Virtual worlds could play important role in future of learning
As cases of the coronavirus decline, schools are starting to reopen their campuses. But Dalton Salvo, a UC Irvine PhD candidate in English, believes that remote learning will continue to evolve and play an important role in the future. “I see this virtual platform as being a way to improve the possibilities and access for some of our population that may struggle with just the good old-fashioned, in-person learning,” Salvo said. … For half a decade, Salvo has been studying how virtual environments immerse and engage users. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, April 20, 2021
Coronavirus metrics in Orange County dip to new lows
Epidemiologist Andrew Noymer, [associate] professor of public health at UC Irvine, said Orange County’s COVID-19 levels are looking good. “I believe the summer is going to be OK in California, because we are vaccinating like crazy right now and we’re in a lull in transmission,” Noymer said, but in a pandemic that has been full of twists and turns, nothing is guaranteed. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Spectrum News 1, April 21, 2021
Anti-Asian hate letter sent to Riverside nail salon, family speaks out
But the recent hate-filled attacks against Asian Americans have been a focal point in Asian American studies. Judy Tzuchen Wu, a professor at UC Irvine, said she believes anti-Asian rhetoric reflects America’s history that stems back to early anti-Asian legislation. “The presumption of Asians being perpetually foreign is something that was legalized because, in the United States, you could not become a U.S. citizen unless you were a free white male that was part of the 1790 naturalization act and so that legal exclusion again leads the basis for these cultural assumptions about Asian people in the United States,” Wu said.

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