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The Orange County Register, Jan. 6, 2022
Rick Hasen: American democracy more perilous a year after Jan. 6
In a cruel twist, the demonstrably false claim that the 2020 election was stolen — a claim made repeatedly by former President Donald Trump and his allies, and which helped trigger the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol — has significantly raised the odds of an actual stolen U.S. election. That’s according to UC Irvine [Chancellor’s] Prof. Rick Hasen, who serves as co-director of UCI’s new Fair Elections & Free Speech Center and is considered one of the nation’s preeminent scholars on U.S. election law. … We spoke with Hasen about the meaning of Jan. 6 and what needs to happen next to safeguard American democracy. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

HuffPost, Jan. 1, 2022
Taking A COVID Rapid Test? You May Want To Swab Your Nose And Throat.
According to Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist [and associate professor of public health] with the University of California, Irvine, respiratory viruses like SARS-CoV-2 can infect all parts of our respiratory tract, which is basically anything that brings air into your body — this includes your nose, throat, mouth, windpipe and lungs. Although the nose and throat are both part of the upper respiratory system and closely connected, there may be some differences in the amount of virus in the nose versus the throat.

Yahoo Money (Money), Jan. 5, 2022
How Much Does Online Therapy Cost, and Will Insurance Cover It?
If you’re looking to invest in your mental health in 2022, apps like Talkspace and BetterHelp could be a good place to start. “There’s all this prep work that takes place to go see a [traditional] therapist,” says Dr. Stephen Schueller, an associate professor, [psychological science], at the University of California, Irvine and the executive director of One Mind PsyberGuide, which analyzes and reviews digital health apps. … “These apps cut down on that prep work,” Schueller says.

 

The Guardian, Dec. 30, 2021
‘Extraordinary is no longer extraordinary’: US scientists on a year of climate disasters
Kathleen Johnson, California, associate professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine [said] “As a paleoclimatologist, it also motivates me to look back at the idea of trying to develop better records of fire in the Sierras, and so better inform and understand what is happening and what’s to come. There’s a lot we can all do. My students are also so incredibly motivated – they care deeply about sustainability and environmental justice. So as an educator, I see that as my role: to help send these well-trained scientists out there who can advise on policy issues, and help make these changes happen.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

 

VeryWell Health, Jan. 3, 2022
How Does Your Pharmacy Make Sure You Get the Right COVID Vaccine Dose?
How do healthcare providers keep track of the differences between the vaccine to ensure that people get the right dose? Verywell spoke to Keri Hurley-Kim, PharmD, MPH, health sciences assistant clinical professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of California, Irvine, about the safeguards that are in place for vaccine administration at pharmacies.

 

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