UCI News

Mother Jones, May/June 2020
Kids are especially tough to interview about abuse. Are robots the solution?
Even well-trained interviewers make mistakes, like forgetting to ask open-ended questions, says Zoe Klemfuss, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, who studies children’s memory and forensic interviews. “You’re cognitively having to do so many things at once, while being sympathetic to the child, while getting legally relevant information,” she says. The stakes are high: Tens of thousands of kids testify at criminal trials every year.

NPR, July 1, 2020
5 Takeaways from China’s Hong Kong national security law
“In part because of how vaguely many parts of the law are described, there will be further hits to civil society. The impact on universities will be dramatic,” says Jeff Wasserstrom [UCI Chancellor’s Professor], a historian and the author of the recent book Vigil about Hong Kong.

Medscape, June 30, 2020
How well trained is the class of COVID-19?
Some students who graduated this past spring worry about that clinical time they lost. … Such knowledge gaps mean new doctors will have to make up ground, says Jeremiah Tao, MD, who trains ophthalmology residents at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. But Tao doesn’t see these setbacks as a major long-term problem. His residents are already starting to make up the patient hours they missed in the spring and are refining the skills that got short shrift earlier on.

Irvine Standard, June 30, 2020
UC Irvine appoints new dean of business school
UC Irvine has appointed an internationally recognized expert in human resource management, Ian Williamson, to lead its business school. On Jan. 1, he will succeed Eric Spangenberg as dean of UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business, which consistently ranks among the nation’s top 5% accredited business programs.

Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2020
Some homeowners struggled to pay PACE improvement loans. The coronavirus made it harder
Stacey Tutt, director of UC Irvine’s Consumer Law Clinic, said that any government help needs to address such instances and that since the fall of 2018 her clinic has handled eight cases in which mortgage servicers initiated foreclosures because of PACE hardships, a number she called significant given the limited capacity of the clinic. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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