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Good Housekeeping, Aug. 28, 2022
Here’s When to Expect a 4th COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Vaccine
These new booster vaccines will also aim to rebuild immunity to the original coronavirus strain that people gained earlier on in the pandemic, explains Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, the director [and founding dean] of the University of California, Irvine‘s program in public health. “A ‘bivalent’ booster simply means that it will target two different antigens, meaning it will respond to the original coronavirus strain as well as the Omicron variant,” Boden-Albala tells Good Housekeeping. “[Healthcare officials] are finding that the original vaccine hasn’t been as responsive to newer variants as we hoped, hence we need these bivalent boosters.”

The New York Times, Aug. 29, 2022
Revenge of the Founders: A Generational Struggle on Wall Street
It’s sort of amazing, given private equity’s power, given their influence in D.C. and the way that they’ve become fully adult in that arena, that it is still a first-generation business in many ways,” said Victor Fleischer, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, and an expert on private equity. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Daily Pilot, Aug. 27, 2022
Lost your sense of time during the pandemic? You’re not alone
Researchers at UC Irvine say this phenomenon — temporal disintegration — is the result of the pandemic and the collective, unaddressed trauma caused by it, in addition to other challenges that came with 2020: unemployment, financial downturns, supply shortages, death, loss, global warming, political polarization and major social upheaval. E. Alison Holman, a professor of nursing at the university, said in a recent interview she’s been studying the relationship between trauma and the perception of time for decades. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Hill, Aug. 28, 2022
White House faces legal questions with student loan forgiveness plan
The Biden administration relied on the 2003 Heroes Act enacted following the Sept. 11 terror attacks to underpin its plan. It argues that because of the COVID-19 emergency, the law gives the Education Department the authority to both suspend loan repayments through Dec. 31 and cancel loan debt for many borrowers. … “They very clearly narrowed their decision to this very specific national emergency hook,” said Dalié Jiménez, a law professor at University of California, Irvine. “I think they did that probably to avoid a legal challenge or prevent it as much as possible.”

Newport Beach Independent, Aug. 27, 2022
‘Comedy of Errors’ at New Swan: That ’70s Shakespeare
New Swan’s production show at UC Irvine isn’t the first time the Irvine company has indulged itself and its patrons with the show’s goofy tone and humor, and if you want a remedy for post-pandemic doldrums, this is it. Director [and Chancellor’s Professor of Drama] Eli Simon’s approach is aptly playful. First off, he has deliberately misspelled the show’s title with a surplus of “r”s (as “The Comedy of Errrorrs”). Secondly, he has set the story in the 1970s, giving himself and his production team a chance to showcase that period’s colorful apparel and singular rock music.

Previously “In the News”