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Orange County Register, Feb. 11, 2020
For second year, UCI was most popular for freshmen applicants in UC system
For the second consecutive year, UC Irvine received more applications from soon-to-be freshmen in the state than any other campus in the University of California system. The university received 72,391 applications from California high school students – 43 percent of which came from underrepresented-minority students and nearly half of which came from students who would be the first in their family to go to college. … Ranked by the New York Times as one of the universities “doing the most for the American dream” and No. 1 by Forbes for best value, UCI seems to be achieving its goal of affordability. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Daily Pilot, Feb. 11, 2020
UC Irvine seminar tries to dispel myths about coronavirus outbreak
There are still new things being learned about the international outbreak of novel coronavirus, but the risk of infection in Orange County remains low, according to panelists at a two-hour public seminar Monday night at UC Irvine. … “As of today, things are fluid. Things are changing on an hourly basis … [and] I think we’ve all been inundated with information regarding the coronavirus outbreak,” said Sanghyuk Shin, an assistant professor of nursing and director of UCI’s Infectious Disease Science Initiative. “Some folks have said that misinformation is the one thing that is spreading faster than the virus itself.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Health Day, Feb. 12, 2020
Coronavirus in America: Keep Your Panic in Check
“I would suspect individuals in the United States who are consuming a great deal of media about the novel coronavirus are similarly likely to be increasingly worried,” [said Roxane Cohen Silver, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine.] . “That worry appears at this point to be disproportionate to the risk.” … Media accounts sometimes sensationalize the threat of a health crisis, leaving out important context, [Dr. Amesh] Adalja and Cohen Silver noted.

KPCC, Feb. 11, 2020 (Audio)
‘Election Meltdown’ Addresses Failures In American Elections, And Where We Go From Here
In his new book, “Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy”, election law expert Richard L. Hansen addresses the contemporary and historical perils posed to elections in the U.S. He focuses specifically on how a progressive loss of trust in the electoral process, particularly in the 2016 and 2018 elections, could undermine democracy entirely for future elections. … Guest: Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine.

CBC, Feb. 11, 2020
‘We are here. We’re not going away’: What Parasite’s historic Oscar win means for movies
Asian studies expert [Professor] Kyung Kim of the University of California, Irvine says the difficulty in getting foreign language films into theatres is a key obstacle to them gaining wider popularity. “I don’t know whether this would effectively open doors for a lot of other films outside of the usual palette of films that we get,” the professor said in an interview. “Yes, it was a breakthrough for Parasite, and hopefully it won’t be just a rarity or an exception … [but] there’s only room for maybe one or two films that allow for wider releases in theatres.” … “Change is happening,” Kyung Kim explained, “but incrementally and very slowly.”

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