UCI News

Life Hacker, April 28, 2020
Don’t Let Cognitive Biases Cause You to Engage in Risky Public Health Behavior
Dana Rose Garfin, on the faculty at the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing (University of California-Irvine) said since the COVID-19 pandemic no longer feels new, we may be tempted to ease up on the behaviors that we committed to seven weeks ago—even though those are the very behaviors that can help protect us and the people around us. When self-isolation works, for example, it creates the kind of results that prompt people to ask why we’re still self-isolating. “This creates agitation in the community,” Garfin says. “People start saying we don’t need to be doing this.

Newsday, April 28, 2020
Death certificate data suggests higher number of COVID deaths than state’s total
“This can only be explained by COVID,” said University of California, Irvine Associate Professor Andrew Noymer, who has been researching pandemics for more than 13 years. The sheer number of excess deaths, Noymer said, cannot be attributed to typical causes like the aging U.S. population, which might provide a bump of about 4% per year. “The baby boomers getting older does not increase mortality by [32%], I guarantee you,” he continued. “There is significant undercount of COVID mortality, according to your numbers.”

WHCU, April 29, 2020
Senator Gillibrand calls for support for the US Postal Service
“Postal banking is the most efficient and effective path toward financial inclusion. The USPS is the only American institution that serves every community in this country–especially the places where private banks have abandoned. By offering a simple checking account, the post office can help millions of unbanked and underbanked Americans avoid the high fee check cashers and alternative service providers. … Today, more than ever, a public institution like the post office can provide essential financial services as private financial institutions have left so many behind.”  Mehrsa Baradaran, University of California Irvine Law professor and postal banking advocate.

University Business, April 29, 2020
Screen time use sparks discussion over how much is too much
Haylesh Patel, esports exercise physiologist for the University of California, Irvine said, “The activity of computer usage or screen time is sedentary by its nature, and there is a body of scientific literature that shows the negative effects of increased sedentary time upon the body.” … Mimi Ito, Director of the Connected Learning Lab at UC Irvine and Executive Director of Connected Camps, notes that “strict screen time rules, monitoring and surveillance are not always the best strategies, which is why even the American Association of Pediatrics has moved away from them.”

Cheddar, April 28, 2020 (Video)
Exploring The Universe Beyond The Milky Way
On this episode of ‘Cheddar Reveals’: Researchers estimate that the Milky Way is about 1.9 million light-years across; James Bullock, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UC Irvine, discusses what scientists are doing to prepare for the next generation of space exploration …. [starts 8:47]

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