UCI News

KTLA, Dec. 15, 2020 (Video)
Arrival of Orange County’s 1st COVID-19 vaccine doses delayed until Wednesday
In Orange County, UCI Medical Center in Orange is expected to get a shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine this week. Nearly 600 people signed up to be vaccinated within the first few hours, UCI Health CEO Chad Lefteris told KTLA.

KNBC, Dec. 15, 2020 (Video)
Mobile Field Hospitals Are Being Set Up to Handle Orange County’s Coronavirus Surge
Construction is expected to begin Wednesday on at least one mobile field hospital in Orange County, in an empty lot next to UCI Medical Center, as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations reach record highs. The mobile field hospital might be ready to start operations by the end of next week. … [They] will be housed in large trailers and include canvas tents with hard flooring and temperature-controlled units that feature running water, toilets, showers and generators as well as air purifiers.

KQED, Dec. 15, 2020
UC to Launch Its First Bachelor’s Program in Prison
UC Irvine and the state prison system have reached a deal to create the first University of California bachelor’s degree program behind bars. … “Taking this step brings us closer to fulfilling the central goal of the state’s Master Plan for Higher Education — that anyone from anywhere can earn a college degree,” said UCI associate professor Keramet Reiter, founding director of UCI’s LIFTED, the university’s prison education initiative. Reiter has been developing the pilot program for more than two years.

USA Today, Dec. 15, 2020
Students are falling behind in online school. Where’s the COVID-19 ‘disaster plan’ to catch them up?
For younger and older learners alike, online classes can and should be restructured to focus on community and peer-to-peer connections, said Mimi Ito, who studies youth media practices at the University of California, Irvine. At the moment, a lot of virtual classes feel like “a second-rate version of what’s done in a physical classroom,” she said, which is why they’re not very engaging.

The New York Times, Dec. 16, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: America, We Have a Problem
Peter Ditto, a professor of psychological science at the University of California, Irvine … argued in an email that the most toxic element in contemporary politics “is moralization. Our political culture has devolved into what both sides see as an existential battle between good (us) versus evil (them), and in that environment almost any lie can be believed, almost any transgression excused, as long as it helps your side.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

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