UCI News

Orange County Register, Aug. 4, 2020
UCI creates pharmacy school, will enroll students in fall 2021
The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences adds a doctoral pharmacy option and folds it in with existing research-centered degree programs and an undergraduate course of study that Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Steve Goldstein said is the nation’s No. 1 feeder to PhD pharmacy programs. … UCI’s new pharmacy school is unique in the varied degree programs under its umbrella and its multidisciplinary approach, said Jan Hirsch, the school’s founding dean. “The profession of pharmacy is changing” from simply dispensing drugs to working directly with patients and collaborating with doctors and nurses, Hirsch said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 4, 2020
Can you form a school pod without fueling inequality? These groups are trying
Yenda Prado is a community research fellow for the Orange County Educational Advancement Network, which has ties to University of California, Irvine School of Education. She wanted to come up with a solution that has potential to scale. … She is working with UCI’s School of Education and the nine public schools in the network to match families interested in “podding up” with undergraduate students training to become educators. It would be free or heavily subsidized. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

Chicago Tribune, Aug. 3, 2020 (Column)
Column: As the coronavirus rages, families are left to decide how — not whether — it will affect their kids’ right to an education
“This is really one of the most perplexing and complex issues I’ve ever faced in 40 years,” Dan M. Cooper, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, said in yet another article I read this weekend: “Why is there no consensus about reopening schools? Too many variables, too few studies.” Of all the sentences I read on this topic, Cooper’s is the one that landed like a life preserver.

The Washington Post, Aug. 2, 2020
A coronavirus vaccine won’t change the world right away
Governments and companies are investing billions of dollars to ramp up the vaccine supply now, but even so, it won’t be possible to vaccinate everyone in the first week or even the first month after the first vaccine becomes available. The world will become safer, bit by bit, not all at once. “The vaccine is going to be a rollout, not a thunderclap,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Business Insider, Aug. 4, 2020
How America became a breeding ground for anti-maskers, according to social psychologists
“We’re in this space in the US where the two sides just really hate each other, and that extends to information. So it’s not just ‘I don’t like you.’ It’s ‘I don’t like your values, I don’t like your facts,'” Pete Ditto, a psychology professor at the University of California, Irvine, told Insider. “You really don’t see those levels of polarizations in other countries,” he added.

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