UCI News

CalMatters, Dec. 21, 2020 (Guest commentary)
A call for a California higher education compact for Black people
Douglas M. Haynes, UCI vice chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and chief diversity officer writes, “In the wake of the national reckoning on systemic racism, last August I announced UC Irvine’s compact to Black communities in the state and in the country. The purpose of the Black Thriving Initiative is to establish UC Irvine as the nation’s leading destination for talented Black people to thrive as undergraduates and graduate students as well as faculty and staff employees. … After 60 years of the state’s master plan, the time has come for California’s postsecondary system to join with us in creating a new compact for higher education for Black people to thrive.”

PBS Newshour, Jan. 4, 2021 (Video)
Trump’s attempt to ‘manufacture votes’ in Georgia raises legal questions
President Trump’s hour-long phone call with Georgia’s secretary of state over the weekend and his requests to change the vote count have raised a number of legal questions. Rick Hasen, an election law professor at the University of California, Irvine, and author of the book “Election Meltdown,” joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.

The New York Times, Dec. 21, 2020
What You Can Do Post-Vaccine, and When
“Winter is going to start being flu and Covid season,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist studying Covid-19 at the University of California, Irvine. The last things he will return to, he said, are international travel and crowded events like concerts — but he expects to do those again at some point. He is waiting not just for the vaccine, but also for the virus’s spread to decrease greatly and for hospitals to have more capacity: “I intend to go back bit by bit.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Cheddar, Dec. 24, 2020 (Video)
Traumatic Affect Of The Pandemic Causing Psychological Time Distortion
We discuss the many psychological ramifications of the ongoing pandemic with E. Alison Holman, Professor of Nursing and Psychological Science at UC Irvine.

CO – U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Dec. 28, 2020 (Contributor)
The Surprising Psychology of Successful Entrepreneurs and Why They Take the Risk
“Many entrepreneurs are fully aware of the risks in launching a business, but they believe their idea is important enough that it’s worth trying anyway,” said Travis Howell, PhD, an assistant professor of strategy at the University of California, Irvine’s business school. “Even if there is a minimal chance of success, they won’t be happy doing anything else.”

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