UCI News

The New York Times, Jan. 27, 2021
Answers to All Your Questions About Getting Vaccinated for Covid-19
I’ve heard that taking a pain reliever after getting a Covid-vaccine could blunt its effectiveness. Is that true? Several medical and health groups, including the Henry Ford Health System and UCI Health , advise against taking prophylactic pain relievers before your shot, but they agree it’s fine to take an over-the-counter pain reliever for discomfort after getting the vaccine. “Taking over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen before receiving a vaccine may reduce its ability to work and blunt your immune response to the vaccine,” advises UCI Health. “After the vaccination, don’t hesitate to take an over-the-counter medication if you have symptoms that make you uncomfortable.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes

The Washington Post, Jan. 26, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: A record number of women are serving in Congress. That’s good news for constituents.
Danielle M. Thomsen, UCI assistant professor of political science and Bailey K. Sanders write, “Does electing women legislators have consequences for voters? Research suggests that it does. Studies at both the state and federal levels find that women are more active and productive than their male counterparts on a variety of policy-related activities …. But our recent study shows that women stand out in another area as well: constituent service. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KPCC – Air Talk, Jan. 27, 2021 (Audio)
Acknowledging, Assessing And Addressing Racism Within The Fantasy Genre
The fantasy role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons has editions that date back to the 1970s. While the game is made up of mythical characters and spells that can be cast, its depiction of race and gender are anything but a fantasy. … Game makers are starting to grapple with the deeply ingrained stereotyping that exists. … So where does the fantasy genre of gaming go from here and how can it increase representation? …Guests: Aaron Trammell, assistant professor of informatics at UC Irvine and editor-in-chief of Analog Game Studies ….

Elemental, Jan. 26, 2021
A Fun Way to Keep Your Memory Sharp
“As adults approach retirement age, they come to a fork in the road,” says Michael Yassa, PhD, director of the Brain Initiative at the University of California, Irvine. “You’ve been intellectually and emotionally engaged for a very long time. You can choose to cease that engagement, or you can plan a rich retirement filled with activities. We see clear differentiations in brain function for those who get out and about and do lots of new things, as opposed to those who decide to stay at home and watch TV.”

Romper, Jan. 25, 2021
Here’s Why Your Kid Will Literally Not Stop Talking About Roblox
“Roblox is a super compelling example of what game developers call a ‘sandbox game’ where players have easy-to-use tools and the freedom to create things and set their own goals,” Dr. Mimi Ito, a University of California, Irvine professor with an expertise in gaming and social media, tells Romper. “On top of the creative component, Roblox is also a social platform where children can connect with players and creators who share their interests, give constant feedback, and fuel their learning.”

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