UCI News

KCBS, Jan. 3, 2021
UCLA, UCI Begin Winter Quarter Classes Remotely
Amid the alarming rise in coronavirus cases as a result of the emergence of the Omicron variant, UCLA and UC Irvine returned to online learning Monday for the first two weeks of the winter quarter. … While classes at UC Irvine will be remote, “the campus will remain fully operational, with the same staffing policies we have followed for the past few months,” UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman wrote in a campus message on Dec. 21.

The Orange County Register, Dec. 26, 2021
Most influential: Meet Orange County’s 125 top influencers for 2021
Philip Felgner. Felgner is the director of UC Irvine’s Vaccine Research and Development Center and Protein Microarray Laboratory and Training Facility. His painstaking work over the past 35 years laid the groundwork for the mRNA vaccines that are so effective against COVID-19. … David Souleles. Souleles is the director of the COVID-19 Response Team at UC Irvine. He is also the director of the Masters in Public Health Program and Practice for the UCI Program in Public Health. Souleles’ team had been working son the on-site contact tracing program at UCI, operating under agreement with the OC Health Care Agency to provide the services for the university’s students, faculty and staff. Throughout the pandemic, Souleles became the university’s main point of contact for all things COVID. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

The Washington Post, Dec. 24, 2021
The pandemic has caused nearly two years of collective trauma. Many people are near a breaking point.
That danger heightens the feeling of whiplash among people tired of the pandemic’s twists and turns, said Roxane Cohen Silver, a [Distinguished] Professor of psychological science at the University of California, Irvine. “The news about the omicron variant came right at the time that many people in the U.S. were poised to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones for the first time in a long time,” she said. “It seemed almost cruel that just when ‘normalcy’ seemed to be on the horizon, hopes were again dashed with the latest news.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

ABC News, Jan. 2, 2022
5 ways to deal with anxiety during the holidays amid the omicron surge
According to trauma and stress researcher Alison Holman, [nursing professor] at the University of California, Irvine, the key is finding ways to heal and nurture your body to let the energy flow. “When the energy stays pent up inside, it actually can really get the mind going,” Holman said. “Get some kind of exercise, whether it’s a creative form of exercise. … “One of the best things you can do to protect yourself from stress is to turn off the TV and turn off social media,” said Holman.

KQED, Jan. 1, 2022
2022 Promises Continued Climate Extremes, But Also A Glimmer of Hope for Californians
Michael Méndez, author of the book “Climate Change from the Streets,” [and UCI assistant professor of urban planning and public policy] says people can vote and pressure local, state and federal leaders to act on climate change and phasing out fossil fuels. “If people care about climate change and environmental issues, it’s important, they stay active and educated about who’s running for office,” he said. “Many people think that their vote doesn’t count, but we see it does count.”

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