UCI News

Orange County Register, April 23, 2021
Orange County colleges, universities have mixed plans for graduations in person, more plan fall returns to campus
At UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Irvine Valley College and Orange Coast College, ceremonies will be virtual. … UCI’s walks, which will take place over a few days after the June 12 virtual commencement ceremony, will also include graduates who weren’t able to get a moment on stage last year. … UC Irvine is also planning to be back fully in person by the fall quarter, which starts later than most schools, said Michael Dennin, vice provost and dean of the undergraduate division. … “The plan is all done in the context of not where we are now in terms of health, but where everything is predicting us to be in terms of health,” Dennin said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

CNN, April 25, 2021
Are we numb? Handling the collective trauma of police violence, mass shootings and a pandemic
A reckoning with the deaths resulting from institutionalized racism, a resurgence of almost-daily gun violence and 3.1 million pandemic deaths worldwide, there has been trauma piled upon trauma upon trauma. It turns out these collective traumas are taking a toll on all of us, according to Roxane Cohen Silver, a professor of psychological science, medicine and mental health at the University of California, Irvine. Over the course of her 40-year career, Silver has studied the effects of trauma on individuals and on society as a collective whole.

Voice of OC, April 24, 2021
Meet Orange County Doctors Who Are Confronting COVID-19
When the coronavirus first popped up in the world, Dr. Shruti Gohil, the associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Medical Center, and her team quickly began preparing for the worst: the pandemic reaching Orange County. … Gohil, from Anaheim, has co-led the UC Irvine Health System’s response to the pandemic and is an assistant professor of infectious disease in the Department of Medicine. … “I’m grateful that I have this great privilege to be involved in something as important as helping our communities get through this type of a pandemic,” Gohil said.

The Washington Post, April 24, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: Rep. Maxine Waters voiced the anger of many Black Americans. That’s important, politically.
Davin L. Phoenix, UCI associate professor of political science and others write, “Our work finds that Black elected representatives may also matter because as members of the same underrepresented group, they can better mirror the moods of Black constituents. … In this way, Maxine Waters’ display of anger, and others like her, may inspire Black citizens to feel that it’s worth staying involved in the struggle to reform policing.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

NW News Network, April 23, 2021 (Audio)
It’s Complicated: Why Some Northwest Latinx Residents And Farmworkers Hesitate On COVID Vaccine
Vanessa Delgado is a Ph.D candidate in sociology at the University of California, Irvine, where she studies the interactions between children and their immigrant parents. She says many times it takes children convincing their parents to get the vaccine. … “This is work that millions of (children of immigrants) here in the U.S. are doing in order to make sure that their parents get the best resources that they can,” she says.

Previously “In the News”