UCI News

Fast Company, Feb. 16, 2021
How Facebook can make up for disinformation and help get everyone vaccinated for COVID-19
“Public health officials are exploring a variety of ways to increase vaccination rates. My research suggests that Facebook ads targeting zip codes with large minority populations, high COVID-19 rates, and low vaccine uptake could be highly effective at encouraging underrepresented groups to get vaccinated,” [says Dr. Connie Pechmann, professor of marketing at the University of California, Irvine Paul Merage School of Business. She studies the impact of advertising and social media on consumers and the effectiveness of public health ad campaigns.]

Greater Good Magazine, Feb. 15, 2021
How to Cope If Someone in Your House Gets COVID
[UCI psychologist Jessica Borelli says it can be extremely stressful when families in quarantine have to move quickly to adjust their usual routines and family roles. Some people have to rearrange space allocation in their house, figure out child care or other household duties, and decide if and how they can continue working. “There’s a tremendous amount of anxiety and distress, and sometimes anger, resentment, and frustration, too,” she says. “People need to find time to take care of themselves if they can.”

The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 18, 2021
What ‘The Hunger Games’ Three-Finger Salute Means to Protesters Across Asia
“Activists are watching each other and trying to get ideas from each other, but at the same time authoritarian states are watching one another and trying to borrow their tricks,” said Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a professor of history at University of California, Irvine and author of the book “Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Vox, Feb. 17, 2021
How to avoid losing all your money on investing apps
On Robinhood, people were already more likely than other retail investors — people who aren’t professionals — to invest in the same stocks as other users, according to Christopher Schwarz, [associate professor of business], faculty director of the University of California, Irvine’s Center for Investment and Wealth Management and one of the authors of a paper looking at outcomes of investor behavior on Robinhood. When too many people crowd a stock, “the price of the stock overshoots what it should be and over subsequent days it corrects.”

Neurology Today, Feb. 18, 2021
This Neurology Resident’s Medicine-Related Doodles Are Gaining Traction on Instagram
Nita Chen, MD, a senior resident in neurology, at the UCI Medical Center, discusses her passion for art, the cartoons and doodles on her Instagram account, and the things that drew her to neurology. … Over time, Dr. Chen has built up a collection of medicine-related comics and doodles, which can be found on her Instagram account at @neurologicalpanda and at in-House, the UCI peer-reviewed publication for residents and fellows (https://in-housestaff.org/author/nita-chen). She spoke to Neurology Today about her passion for art and the things that drew her to neurology. Her comments are excerpted below.

Previously “In the News”