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U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 25, 2022
U.S. News Unveils 2022 Best Online Programs Rankings
U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, today released the 2022 Best Online Programs rankings. The new edition evaluates more than 1,700 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for individuals looking to complete or further their education. … Criminal Justice/Criminology: 1. University of California, Irvine.

The New York Times, Jan. 24, 2022
Cash Aid to Poor Mothers Increases Brain Activity in Babies, Study Finds
A study that provided poor mothers with cash stipends for the first year of their children’s lives appears to have changed the babies’ brain activity in ways associated with stronger cognitive development, a finding with potential implications for safety net policy. … Greg J. Duncan, an economist [and Distinguished Professor of education], at the University of California, Irvine, who was one of nine co-authors of the study, said he hoped the research would refocus the debate, which he said was “almost always about the risks that parents might work less or use the money frivolously” toward the question of “whether the payments are good for kids.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Orange County Business Journal, Jan. 20, 2022
COVID-19: Peak ‘Going Down,’ Says UCI Epidemiologist
“It looks like our peak may have been earlier this week or late last week and we now may be coming down, albeit coming down from an extremely high level,” Dr. Susan Huang, [professor of infectious diseases, School of Medicine], … at UC Irvine, told the Business Journal. “While it’s reassuring to see a downward trend, we will stay extremely high for a long time. We are still sky high because Omicron is so contagious.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Verywell Health, Jan. 24, 2022
How Do KF94s Stack Up Against KN95s and Other Masks?
While some may assume that KN95 and N95 masks perform better due to the 1% difference, “all [KN95, N95, KF94] are effective at preventing COVID-19 infection and are considered high-quality masks,” Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, director, and founding dean of the program in public health at the University of California, Irvine, told Verywell.

CalMatters, Jan. 21, 20226 things to know about omicron’s risks on the job
Usually the day before symptoms start and the day symptoms appear are when people are the most infectious, said Sanghyuk Shin, [associate professor of nursing], director of UC Irvine’s infectious disease science initiative. … That means people can become highly infectious faster with omicron than with the previous variants. “This creates epidemic dynamics that are really hard to get in front of,” said Andrew Noymer, epidemiologist and [associate] professor of public health at UC Irvine. “Because it’s so rapid.”

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