UCI News

Desert Sun, Jan. 19, 2021
Too few COVID-19 vaccines as California ramps up appointments. Are second doses guaranteed?
“Every first shot is a promissory note on the second shot. Immunization means getting both of the shots at the proper interval,” said Andrew Noymer, an associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine. “That is what has been trialed in the clinical trials. That is what has been authorized by the (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). That is what I recommend. That is what the manufacturers recommend.”

BBC – When Katty Met Carlos, Jan. 16, 2021 (Podcast)
Talking across divides
Katty Kay and Carlos Watson ask how Americans of differing views can restart their conversations. Partisan politics has broken up friendships, love affairs and even families. But is it up to the politicians to take the lead on restoring trust and respect, or should everyone play a part in reaching out across the aisle? Katty and Carlos are joined in the discussion by community organiser Maureen Hetherington …. and by Francesca Polletta, professor of sociology at University of California, Irvine, who argues that making people like each other isn’t fundamental to bringing Americans together.

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 20, 2021 (Opinion)
Editorial: Lucky me. I got my first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. But why?
The urgent text from a friend came late Friday afternoon: If you want to get the COVID-19 vaccine, go immediately to the website for the UC Irvine healthcare system and schedule an appointment. … From the moment I got in line on the UC Irvine campus to the end of my waiting period after the shot (to ensure there was no allergic reaction), no more than 35 minutes had passed. The event had an almost festive feel. Upbeat, chatty workers checked on our progress every step of the way. You could tell they were as happy to be providing life-protecting vaccines as we seniors were to receive them. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Marketplace, Jan. 19, 2021 (Audio)
Why rich people tend to think they deserve their money
One experiment by psychologists at the University of California, Irvine, invited pairs of strangers to play a rigged Monopoly game where a coin flip designated one player rich and one poor. “So one possibility is that rich players are kind of embarrassed by the situation, doing what they can to help out this other person who undeservedly is a poor player — and that’s actually the opposite of what we found,” said Paul Piff, the psychologist who conducted the experiment.

CBS8, Jan. 15, 2021 (Video)
San Diego ‘TikTok Twins’ go viral with Jason Derulo
What happens when twin San Diego sisters team up with Jason Derulo on TikTok? Their viral video is something you have to see and hear to believe. … The 21-year-old sister act sings and studies together. “I’m double majoring in music and psychology,” said Kiran. “I’m double majoring in music and business economics,” said Nivi.  After graduating from UC Irvine this year, the singing sensation plans on turning professional just like their new friend, Jason Derulo.

Previously “In the News”