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Orange County Register, Aug. 10, 2020
UC Irvine scientists launch coronavirus tracking site that compares Orange County to others
A team of UC Irvine scientists on Monday launched a coronavirus tracking website that distills important pandemic metrics and compares Orange County’s case, hospitalization and death averages against other large counties around California. … The team that created the website, called the UC Irvine COVID Awareness Group, is made up of scientists and professors from the university’s Department of Statistics, Program in Public Health, the Center for Virus Research and the Infections Disease Science Initiative. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange Coast, Aug. 11, 2020
Addressing anxieties: Locals share new business practices to ease patrons’ concerns
Michael B. Dennin, UCI vice provost for teaching and learning and dean of the undergraduate division [said], “We’re committed to teaching essentially all our undergraduate courses remotely. We have developed a program for our graduate students, which involves training remote instruction and best practices, as well as working with faculty to go over and prepare all the courses … in case we have to be remote for winter and spring as well.”

EdSource, Aug. 11, 2020
Why some California classrooms will reopen for child care, though barred from in-person instruction
“My fear is the role of schools in being an engine or catalyst for a broader outbreak,” said Andrew Noymer, epidemiologist and associate professor of public health at UC Irvine. “At the same time, I understand that parents very often need to get to work themselves, so we’re putting parents in a major bind by canceling school. So we’re kind of between a rock and a hard place here. I could argue again from the other hand that if a kid’s parent dies, that’s worse for their welfare than being kept at home.”

HealthDay, Aug. 10, 2020
Can seniors handle results of Alzheimer’s risk tests?
“The study was an observational study to see if telling people whether they had elevated amyloid in the brain was a safe process,” explained study author Joshua Grill, director of the Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders at the University of California, Irvine. “In the short term, telling people that they have higher amyloid levels didn’t cause depression or suicidality,” Grill noted.

Artsy, Aug. 7, 2020
How Ernie Barnes’s paintings became celebratory emblems of Black Southern life
Bridget R. Cooks, curator of the Barnes retrospective at CAAM and associate professor of African American studies and art history at the University of California, Irvine, said that Barnes frequently depicted his characters with their eyes closed to represent the way that humans close ourselves off to one another. “For him, it was a criticism of how people treat each other. He always said, ‘we’re blind to each other’s humanity,’” Cooks shared in a recent interview. “If we could see each other as humans, as people who have equal value, the world would be a different place.”

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