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The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 27, 2022
Facebook, Apple and Other Tech Giants Face Rising Pressure Over Ukraine
“This was decades in the making and it is getting worse because countries are adopting more and more serious rules around content,” said David Kaye, a [clinical] law professor at University of California, Irvine and author of “Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

AP, Feb. 25, 2022
CDC: Many healthy Americans can take a break from masks
With many Americans already taking off their masks, the CDC’s shift won’t make much practical difference for now, said Andrew Noymer, a public health [associate] professor at the University of California, Irvine. But it will help when the next wave of infection — a likelihood in the fall or winter — starts threatening hospital capacity again, he said. “There will be more waves of COVID. And so I think it makes sense to give people a break from masking,” Noymer said.

Inside Philanthropy, Feb. 23, 2022
Amid Scarce Funding, One of Philanthropy’s Largest-Ever Gifts for Depression Research
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) recently announced that it has received a gift of $57.75 million from the estate of Audrey Steele Burnand, a philanthropist …. During her lifetime, she backed research into Alzheimer’s disease at UCI, which has long been a leading site of study into that form of dementia. … The bulk of the gift, $55 million, is earmarked to fund research into depression. UCI says the money will foster multidisciplinary research by scientists from across the campus. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Guardian, Feb. 27, 2022
‘They were fooled by Putin’: Chinese historians speak out against Russian invasion
There is a long history of Chinese intellectuals speaking out, individually or collectively, on major domestic and international issues, including in ways that challenge official policies, said [Chancellor’s] Professor Jeff Wasserstrom, a historian of modern China at the University of California, Irvine. … Wasserstrom said the five prominent Chinese historians’ letter was particularly noticeable because of the tightening of the freedom of speech on Chinese campuses – both on the mainland and in Hong Kong – in recent years

Yahoo Entertainment, Feb. 27, 2022
Taylor Fagins’s Black Lives Matter ballad ‘We Need More’ declared one of the greatest ‘American Idol’ auditions of all time
But the real moment that some viewers waited a lifetime for came at the premiere’s end, courtesy of Taylor Fagins — whose original song “We Need More” was rightfully declared “one of most powerful moments in Idol history” by Seacrest himself. Taylor, a renaissance man and UC Irvine drama graduate who also writes movies and plays, performed the only original song of Sunday’s episode, a Black Lives Matter anthem called “We Need More” that he penned just three days after George Floyd’s murder in 2020.

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