UCI News

The New York Times, Dec. 18, 2021
Why Los Angeles Delayed Enforcing Its Student Vaccine Mandate
Suellen Hopfer, an assistant professor of public health and pediatrics with the Center for Virus Research at the University of California, Irvine, surveyed parents of adolescents and found that some cited mandates as their primary motivation for vaccinating their children. “Public health and school officials need to send a strong, unified message on the importance and safety of vaccinating,” she said, adding that they should emphasize the importance of vaccination now, not later — especially given the unpredictability of variants. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

NBC News, Dec. 19, 2021
Record low turnout hits Hong Kong’s first ‘patriots-only’ election
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a [Chancellor’s] Professor of modern Chinese history at the University of California, Irvine, said that while many factors can affect voter numbers, “the strikingly low reported voter turnout in this one surely reflects a sense among many people that they simply were not being offered meaningful choices.” “Some people likely skipped voting as a subtle act of protest,” he added, “while others just felt there was little point in bothering when the range of difference between options is tiny.”

The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 19, 2021
NYU Is Top-Ranked—In Loans That Alumni and Parents Struggle to Repay
Bernadette Boden-Albala, [UCI director and founding dean of the program in public health], who was a senior associate dean at NYU’s School of Global Public Health at the time, and now heads up the public-health program at the University of California, Irvine, said it was great that the medical school could offer free tuition to all its students. She also thought: “What about everybody else?” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

SELF, Dec. 17, 2021
10 Flu Vaccine Side Effects That Are Totally Normal
“Everyone still needs to be mindful of things such as avoiding close contact with people who are sick, covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze—preferably with a tissue, so it can be discarded afterward—and using good hand hygiene, such as washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rubs, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth when possible,” Lee Nguyen, Pharm.D., associate clinical professor for the department of clinical pharmacy practice at the University of California, Irvine, tells SELF.

Spectrum News 1, Dec. 20, 2021 (Video)
College student’s cookbook helps combat children’s hunger
A new cookbook written by [Sahana Vij, a UCI] college student in Southern California is doing more than providing step-by-step instructions on how to bake a cake. … While the book provides Vij a way to share her twists on sweet treats, for her, it also provides a sweet opportunity to give back. “So, 100% of the author royalties will be going to No Kid Hungry,” she said. … This year, Vij was named one of People Magazine’s Top 10 Girls Changing the World.

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