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The Orange County Register, Jan. 31, 2022
Campuses in Orange County starting to return to pandemic normal
After three weeks of online courses to start the winter quarter, UC Irvine students returned to classrooms in person on Monday – with masking and vaccination requirements – as the county appears to be coming off an omicron-fueled winter surge of coronavirus. The decision to resume in-person instruction was based on several factors, including declines in new cases and the percentage of tests coming back positive and the availability of beds for isolation and quarantine, said David Souleles, director of UCI’s COVID-19 Response Team.

The New York Times, Jan. 29, 2022
It’s Lunar New Year. Get Ready for Some Fruit.
Linda Trinh Vo, a professor of Asian American studies at the University of California, Irvine, said that fruit was “a language of love” during Lunar New Year and that it could be given in many ways. Some families grow their own tangerines or kumquats to give away, while others give roots or seeds from fruit plants in their yards. Fruit can also be purchased in neatly packed gift boxes at grocery stores. “It’s hard in many Asian American cultures to say the words ‘I love you,’” she said, “so they do it through serving these special delicacies.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 28, 2022
Seminal SoCal artists Nancy Buchanan and Barbara T. Smith reflect on 50 years of art and friendship
The 1969 inaugural MFA program class at UC Irvine was small, likely no more than 12 people. Three of its students — Barbara T. SmithNancy Buchanan and Marcia Hafif …. went on to become seminal artists in the late ’60s and ’70s Southern California arts scene …. A new exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts, “how we are in time and space: Nancy Buchanan, Marcia Hafif, and Barbara T. Smith,” which opens Jan. 28, explores the deep, storied intersections between the artists and their work, unearthing like-minded creative impulses as well as points of divergence. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Good Housekeeping, Jan. 29, 2022
11 Potential ‘Stealth’ Omicron Symptoms Experts Say May Impact Breakthrough Cases
The sub-variant has [BA.2] quickly earned a moniker — the “stealth” Omicron variant — as officials begin to learn more about its unique characteristics, explains Karen Edwards, professor and chair of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. Edwards clarifies that it’s nickname isn’t tied to how quickly it spreads, as there isn’t enough data to confirm if BA.2 spreads faster than the original BA.1 just yet.

USA Today, Jan. 28, 2022
Fact check: No evidence defunding police to blame for homicide increases, experts say
Charis Kubrin, a professor of criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine, told USA TODAY she’s not aware of any data that illustrates the effect of defunding the police on homicide rates. But older research suggests there isn’t a definitive connection. … “Could defunding be a correlate and a cause? Theoretically, of course,” Kubrin said. “But my sense is that, even if it plays a role, it’s probably a small one.”

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