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The Atlantic Aug. 5, 2020
The winter will be worse
“What do you do when nobody wants to go to the beach on some cold November day?” Andrew Noymer, a public-health professor at UC Irvine, said to me. “People are going to want to go to bowling alleys and whatnot, and that’s a recipe for disaster, honestly—particularly if they don’t want to wear masks.” … “The winter could get a lot worse than even now,” Noymer said. “There’s plenty of room [in the population] for this thing to expand.”

Forbes, Aug. 5, 2020
This banking change could deliver your second stimulus check faster
“We have the technology. There are a few things around the edges that we could do,” Professor Mehrsa Baradaran of University of California, Irvine School of Law said during that hearing. “We would need ATMs at certain post offices. We would need the Fed to do real-time payments.”  But Baradaran called those items “well within our technological capacity.”

SCOTUSblog, Aug. 6, 2020
Symposium: The unfolding revolution in the jurisprudence of the religion clauses
Howard Gillman, UCI chancellor and a professor of political science and law and Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley School of Law write, “It is becoming increasing clear that longstanding principles concerning the First Amendment’s religion clauses are being discarded by the conservative justices. These justices are bent on eliminating many of the limits on direct government involvement in religious activity. They are loosening restrictions on the use of tax dollars to support religious practice and instruction and, indeed, requiring government financial support for religious institutions.”

Mekong Review, Aug. 2020 (Subscription required)
In Tiananmen’s shadow
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of history writes, “The rapid shifts in the Hong Kong protest movements in June 2019 took everyone by surprise. I took part in several panels and workshops in the United States and Britain that May, dealing with dissent in China, and I had exchanges about Hong Kong with many people, including Lord Patten, the territory’s last colonial governor, and I don’t remember anyone suggesting that a sequel to the 2014 Umbrella Movement was in the offing.”

KPCC, Aug. 5, 2020 (Audio)
COVID 19 AMA: Worldwide virus-related deaths top 700,000
In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Shruti Gohil professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine.

Previously “In the News”