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LAist, Aug. 17, 2021
Are Patchwork College COVID-19 Policies Leaving Students Vulnerable?
“Campuses do not exist in a vacuum from their communities. There are definitely strong opinions out in communities around masking. There are strong opinions around vaccination, and so I think all of that is at play when institutions are trying to do the right thing,” [said] David Souleles, director of UC Irvine’s COVID-19 response team. … For the time being, UC Irvine and other campuses are pushing their students and employees to comply with requirements to upload their COVID-19 vaccination records. The UC Irvine deadline is Sept. 6.

The Orange County Register, Aug. 17, 2021
California COVID-19 hospitalizations, cases top 2020 summer surge
California’s summer 2021 COVID-19 surge has now eclipsed its summer surge from last year in the number of people testing positive and being hospitalized each day. … “That’s concerning to me,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and [associate professor, population health and disease prevention] at UC Irvine. “To have more hospitalized this summer than last summer is not good. … “People who thought it was over in June and skipped the shots are now wondering if they should get vaccinated,” Noymer said. “The answer to that is yes. Yes they should.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

PBS Newshour, Aug. 13, 2021 (Video)
This author traveled across the country to ask: What does it mean to be Latino?
What does it mean to be Latino? Author Hector Tobar, [UCI professor of journalism and Chicano/Latino studies], took a 9,000-mile road trip across the country last winter exploring exactly that. In an essay for Harper’s and a forthcoming book, “A Migrant’s Light,” he captures the history and experience of Latinos everywhere from Los Angeles to Texas, Florida and New York. He talks to Jeffrey Brown about what he saw and how he thinks about his own identity.

Medscape (Reuters), Aug. 16, 2021
More Evidence of COVID’s Crushing Mental-Health Toll on Healthcare Workers
Dr. Sarah Martin, [professor in residence, School of Medicine], and colleagues of the University of California, Irvine, surveyed 20 attending pediatric emergency medicine physicians (10 female) working in a children’s hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their median age was 44 years. More than one third of them (35%) reported high levels of depersonalization, and a similar percentage reported moderate levels of emotional exhaustion. Perfectionism was the only characteristic associated with burnout.

MassLive, Aug. 15, 2021
Disrupting the cycle of incarceration
“Youths [in the study] all experience the juvenile justice system, but how they experience it has an impact on their subsequent behavior,” said Elizabeth Cauffman, professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine. “Basically, if you have two youths who have committed the same crime but you formally process one and informally process the other, the one who is formally processed will engage in more criminal behavior and is more likely to be re-arrested.”

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