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The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 7, 2020
Hong Kong’s exiled dissidents become fugitives from China
“The Chinese Communist Party has done a fairly effective job in some cases, with dissidents in the mainland, of minimizing their effectiveness once they’ve left the country,” said Jeffrey Wasserstrom, professor of Chinese history at the University of California, Irvine. A difference with Hong Kong, he said, is “you have a very energized diaspora—a large number of people who identify with Hong Kong, who are already living abroad and who were very active last year in support activities.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

WIRED, Aug. 7, 2020
A ‘COVID Slide’ could widen the digital divide for students
“Throwing computers into social, educational problems doesn’t really solve them,” says [Mark] Warschauer, the researcher from UC Irvine. There are, he points out, steps that can be taken to mitigate the unequal impact of school closures, like continuing to train teachers in distance learning best practices, prioritizing in-person learning for the youngest students, and investing in catch-up after the pandemic.

Well+Good, Aug. 6, 2020
Why some experts think the pandemic is a breeding ground for pre-traumatic stress disorder
Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD, a professor of psychological science, medicine, and public health at University of California, Irvine, says that pre-traumatic stress disorder is not an official psychological disorder in the DSM-5 (the official manual used to diagnose mental health conditions). However, she says that this kind of anxiety has very real symptoms for those who experience it. And it isn’t new to the pandemic, either.

Orange County Register, Aug. 6, 2020
Coronavirus hospitalizations dip in Orange County, but ‘we’re not out of the woods’
But “we’re not out of the woods,” said Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Medical Center. “We’re still orders of magnitude higher than we were in April or May – June even.” … The availability of intensive care beds and ventilators has slipped. … That poses an ongoing problem for hospitals such as UCI Medical Center, Gohil said. “We’ve become a place where people will transfer to UC Irvine for higher levels of care. Our numbers are probably going to decline later than other hospitals.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CNN, July 29, 2020
Permanent WFH sounds great. But it’s harder than it sounds
If getting the whole team on the same schedule isn’t feasible, remote workers should still try to make regular appearances at the office. “Ideally you should go into work once a week if you are going to be at home,” said Judith Olson, professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine.

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