UCI News

CNN, Jan. 7, 2021
Some parents expand pandemic bubble to include children’s girlfriends and boyfriends
If you’re considering adding a boyfriend or girlfriend to your family’s social bubble, communication and boundary setting is key, said Mahtab Jafari, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, who currently teaches Life 101 across the 10 UC campuses. … “If my son wanted to bring his girlfriend into our pod, she would need to follow the same rules we have,” said Jafari, whose course teaches students healthy lifestyle choices.

NPR, Jan. 6, 2021 (Audio)
Hong Kong Police Arrest Activists
“What’s been happening in Hong Kong is everything that happened, repression-wise, in 1989 except the massacre,” said UCI Chancellor’s Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom. “These moves in Hong Kong have been an attempt, I think, by Beijing to have that same kind of deterrent effect without having the equivalent to the “Tank Man” photograph.”

Newsweek, Jan. 7, 2021
Capitol Hill Riots ‘Karma’ for Supporting Hong Kong, Chinese Media Jeers
President Trump’s inciting of his supporters and his administration’s inconsistencies create a “distrust in American foreign policy” and make the United States an “easy target” for Chinese propaganda, said Taiwan-based UC Irvine political science Ph.D candidate Lev Nachman, but the distinction between the protests in the Capitol and the ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong is still “very easy” to make.

Daily Mail, Jan. 6, 2021
Another hurdle for Californians in desperate need of COVID-19 vaccines: A quarter of Los Angeles residents – 2.4 MILLION people – live in ‘pharmacy deserts,’ study finds
Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, found that 25 percent of [Los Angeles] county’s more than 2,300 census tracts live in so-called ‘pharmacy deserts.’ What’s more, results found that mostly poor, largely black and LatinX neighborhoods have the fewest pharmacies. … ‘My goal is to bring these concepts together at the intersection of pharmacy practice, public health and social justice to reduce health disparities,’ said first author Dr Cheryl Wisseh, a health sciences assistant clinical professor of clinical pharmacy practice at UCI, in a statement.

Forbes, Dec. 30, 2020 (Contributor)
An Intervention In Childhood Could Prevent ‘Deaths Of Despair’ In Adulthood
Nancy Guerra, dean of the School of Social Ecology and psychology professor at University of California, Irvine, who was not involved in the study, said the results aren’t surprising. Building strong relationships and learning how to recognize and cope with emotions can create a well-adjusted person. “If you’re well-adjusted, you’re probably less likely to have suicidal ideation. You’re less likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors like drinking and smoking,” she said.

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