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KABC (City News Service), Jan. 11, 2021
UC system plans return to in-person classes for Fall
Expressing optimism about COVID-19 vaccines and advancements in virus research, the University of California announced today that it is planning to return students to campuses for in-person instruction in the fall. The 10-campus system, including UCLA and UC Irvine, has been holding primarily remote classes due to the coronavirus pandemic. University officials said they wanted to make an early announcement about fall classes so current and prospective students can plan accordingly.

LAist, Jan. 11, 2021
Incarcerated Californians Can Soon Get Federal Aid For College. But Students Beware
Incarcerated Californians will soon be able to apply for federal Pell Grants to pay for higher education …. The change is “incredibly exciting,” said Keramet Reiter, [associate professor of criminology, law & society], who directs a new UC Irvine program that will offer the University of California’s first bachelor’s degree for incarcerated students. She started teaching in prisons in the late 1990s, when the end of Pell Grants led to a drastic decline in higher education offerings for incarcerated people.

The Hill, Jan. 12, 2021
Senate majority gives Biden path to student loan forgiveness
Roughly 44 million Americans owe the U.S. government $1.5 trillion in student loans, and many have not reaped the rewards of their heavily financed college education. “It’s a good bet, but for the people who are suffering the most, this bet didn’t work out,” said Dalié Jiménez, a law professor and director of the Student Loan Law Initiative at the University of California, Irvine. “There’s a lot of people who are actually really worse off for having taken student loan debt — far worse. And we need to help them.”

ABC News, Jan. 8, 2021
Congress, LA take divergent paths after COVID test warning
Los Angeles will continue using a coronavirus test that federal regulators warned may produce false results while Congress, which has used the same test, is seeking an alternative. … Suzanne Sandmeyer, a professor of biological chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, questioned why the FDA had issued such a warning without more information that could be useful to the public. “It’s disappointing they couldn’t be more specific because it might be discouraging for people who might be planning to be tested, especially if it’s the major test in LA right now,” Sandmeyer said.

Healthline, Jan. 8, 2021
Why California Is One of the Worst COVID-19 Hot Spots and What the Future May Hold
“[Lockdown and other restrictions] began in February, and now we’re all the way into [a new year]. People are really fatigued and tired… People just, I think people just got very, very tired, and there really wasn’t enforcement,” said Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala, DPh, director and founding dean of the program in public health at the University of California, Irvine.

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