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The Nation, July 12, 2021
What Next for Haiti?
Amy Wilentz, UCI professor of English writes: “Most mainstream media commentary on the assassination of the Haitian president in the early hours of July 7 has included many of the old racist tropes about Haiti: if not outright calling the country “ungovernable,” at least hinting that it is so, with comments about its inherently tragic cycle of chaos and crisis. … Let’s look at what really has happened in Haiti in the past few days—and in the past few years.”

MSN (Billboard), July 9, 2021
Health Professionals on the Mental Toll of Returning to Shows Mid-Pandemic
Andrew Noymer, associate public health professor, University of California Irvine: “Herd immunity doesn’t mean everybody is vaccinated. It means most people are vaccinated, and the other people are riding on the backs of those who are vaccinated. If you’re vaccinated, you can go out to the concerts. Wear a mask and be a nice person if the venue tells you to. If the venue doesn’t tell you, then don’t, if you don’t want to. The nuance is in the fall and winter. I do expect COVID to come back. I don’t expect it to come back as severely as before.”

The New York Times, July 12, 2021
As Republicans Take Aim at Voting, Democrats Search for a Response
Richard L. Hasen, [Chancellor’s Professor], a leading election-law expert at the University of California, Irvine [said] … “There’s no question that the road is much tougher for voting rights plaintiffs in federal courts,” he said. “These battles will have to be fought within each state, mustering coalitions among business groups, civil leaders and voters from all parties who care about the sanctity of the right to vote.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Yahoo News (USA Today), July 12, 2021
Your child’s first smartphone: What you should consider before buying
Parents might also want to get their kids a phone at a time when they are moving more freely and wanted a way to keep in touch, said Candice Odgers, a professor of Psychological Science University of California, Irvine, who studies the impacts of mobile phones on young people. “A lot of time the decision on when a child should have a phone is based on when the parents believe their child needs to have a phone,” said Odgers.

Times of San Diego, July 10, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: Borrego Springs Nears ‘Breaking Point’ as Climate Change Stresses Native Vegetation
After analyzing more than three decades of satellite data, a group of scientists from the University of California, Irvine, found a 37.5% decline in native vegetation in a study that encompassed 5,000 acres of the Southern California Sonoran Desert,  from the Mexican border north across Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to Palm Springs, where plants such as creosote bush, yucca, ocotillo and mesquite grow. “Plants are dying and nothing is replacing them,” said Stijn Hantson, an [assistant] project scientist at UCI’s Department of Earth System Science, and lead author of the study. “It looks to be a striking loss for shrubs.”

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