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Orange County Business Journal, Aug. 17, 2020
UCI’s robotics team focuses on COVID work
University of California, Irvine researchers say the pandemic is a good time to evaluate the importance of robots at home, school and in the office, especially as machines get better at anticipating what humans want. Jeffrey Krichmar, UCI cognitive sciences professor, said robots can help disinfect areas that may be contaminated with the coronavirus, while others can clean homes, tend to the elderly in nursing homes and even conduct [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

AP, Aug. 19, 2020
How COVID-19 gives cover to press crackdowns the world over
David Kaye, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, and a former UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression said increasing media repression is a direct consequence of a global rise in authoritarian government. “Authoritarians and populists of the last several years have been elected into office,” he said. “There’s been pressure on independent media, that hasn’t changed, and that has been happening in parallel prior to and into COVID.” The pandemic “has added a new vector toward repression,” he said. “There is existing repression that’s continued, and COVID-oriented repression that’s new.”

Foreign Policy, Aug. 18, 2020
Hong Kong Is a local tragedy, not a geopolitical shuttlecock
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of history and Sharon Yam write, “The defining moment that marks the impact of the national security law might be the police raid on Aug. 10, when 200 police officers descended upon the headquarters of Next Digital, arresting its founder, Jimmy Lai. Lai and his newspaper Apple Daily have been staunch supporters of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.”

The Undefeated, Aug. 19, 2020
Actress Ward on the significance of her character on Tyler Perry’s ‘The Oval’ and how sports shaped her life
Actress Natasha Ward’s background is varied. She was a former Division I track athlete at the University of California, Irvine, where she earned a scholarship and also majored in political science. … “Did participating in competitive sports help shape your acting career?” “I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for my athletic career and experiences. I feel that every child should play sports, even if they’re not good, because of the intangible things that you learn about mental toughness, about working on a team, about being self-motivated, about pushing past your physical barriers. And about how so much of what we achieve in life has to do with our mentality.”

Orange Coast, Aug. 17, 2020
Philosophy professor looks at the bright side of quarantine
Philosopher Aaron James spends much of his days pondering ways to make the world a better place. The author, UC Irvine professor, and longtime surfer explains how a universal basic income can be funded without raising taxes in “Money from Nothing,” co-written with Robert Hockett and due out in September. James sees the pandemic as an opportunity for innovation.

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