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CBS This Morning, July 15, 2021 (Video)
Doctor recalls battling racism to achieve Olympic dream of representing the U.S. in water polo
UCI alum Omar Amr, an emergency medicine doctor, recalls battling racism that included physical and mental aggression to achieve his Olympic dream of competing in water polo. He became one of the first African Americans to represent the U.S. when he played in Greece.

The Washington Post, July 14, 2021
As IRS audits waned, big businesses racked up unapproved tax breaks
Terry Shevlin, a professor of accounting at the University of California at Irvine, said he is not surprised that companies with the most uncertain tax benefits are the ones with the lowest effective tax rates. “They are both measures of tax avoidance,” he said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

The Sacramento Bee, July 15, 2021
Will California backtrack on masks, reopenings as Delta variant sparks new COVID fears?
It will be hard to “throw down a big public-health order one month after lifting it,” said Andrew Noymer, an infectious disease expert [and associate professor of population health and disease prevention] at UC Irvine. Newsom could direct Californians to wear masks again, but “I worry that people will disobey the order,” he said. Despite the highly contagious nature of the Delta variant, “the vaccines we have still work against Delta,” Noymer said. It isn’t until a variant emerges that resists the vaccines that we’ll “need to go full-blown back to whatever,” he said.

Maclean’s, July 13, 2021
Mitch Fowler and the brain-bending world of ‘speedrunning’
Craig Stark, a professor of neurobiology and behaviour at the University of California, Irvine, explains that the hippocampus controls declarative memory—the recall of facts and events—but players like [Mitch] Fowler also nurture non-declarative memory: skills, habits and conditioning. “Other parts of the brain learn,” says Stark. “You can take those skills out of the hippocampus and do it just fine. Amnesic patients who played golf before can still play.”

Voice of OC, July 9, 2021
California K-12 Students Will Continue to Wear Masks Indoors, Says State Department of Public Health
Epidemiologist Sanghyuk Shin, [assistant professor of nursing], a public health expert at UC Irvine, told the Voice of OC earlier this week that children do contribute to the virus and schools will “definitely” be a place where the virus will be transmitted. “Children are human beings and they’re going to transmit,” Shin said in a phone interview Tuesday. “Definitely, that has been the case.” … He added masks are only one tool in the toolbox of preventing the virus and increased ventilation in schools is needed.

Previously “In the News”