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The Wall Street Journal, July 1, 2021
Another Respiratory Virus Is Spreading as U.S. Gets Back to Pre-Covid-19 Life
“The things we were doing to protect ourselves from getting Covid are also excellent at preventing us from getting flu and RSV [respiratory syncytial virus],” said Chulie Ulloa, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and assistant professor at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. “As everything is relaxing, we’re probably going to see an uptick in some of these common infections that we normally see outside of a pandemic.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Associated Press, July 1, 2021
Conservative high court upholds Arizona voting restrictions
Election law expert Rick Hasen wrote on his blog that the decision “severely weakened” Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. He noted that this decision along with others over the past 15 years have “taken away all the major available tools for going after voting restrictions.” “This is not a death blow for Section 2 claims, but it will make it much, much harder for such challenges to succeed,” Hasen, a [Chancellor’s] professor at the University of California, Irvine, Law School, wrote.

MSN (City News Service), June 30, 2021
Should OC Replace 4th Of July Fireworks With Drone Shows? Report
Scientists at UC Irvine are calling for a reimagining of the typical 4th of July celebrations that are more environmentally friendly. A recent study on Independence Day fireworks shows spark plumes of pollutants can pose significant health risks. The lead author of the study, Amirhosein Mousavi, a postdoctoral scholar in UCI’s Program in Public Health, says the pollutants were worse in 2020 due to the COVID-19 quarantine restrictions and spurred more individual backyard fireworks displays.

Mother Jones, June 28, 2021
Stop the Freakout Over Kids’ Screen Time
The classist overtones of the [American Academy of Pediatrics] recommendations rankle [Professor] Candice Odgers, a University of California, Irvine, psychologist who studies how screen time affects kids. “It’s a very privileged thing to be able to do, to have this tech-free life,” she says. What bothers Odgers even more is that the screen-time guilt trip is based on shaky science. Most of the studies on the negative mental health effects of screen time rely on caregivers’ iffy recollections of how much time children spent in front of a screen.

The Spectator, June 28, 2021 (Podcast)
Hong Kong’s National Security Law, one year on
On this episode, I speak to Jennifer Creery, who works for the Financial Times in Hong Kong, about the situation on the ground; and Professor Jeff Wasserstrom, a historian of China at the University of California [Irvine and a Chancellor’s Professor of history], about the last year and the city’s future. We reflect on the strategic erosion over time of Hong Kong’s autonomy, the importance of education that the CCP places on its Hong Kong policy, and whether the 2019 protests actually expedited the choking off of the city.

Previously “In the News”