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POLITICO, July 20, 2021
New academic center aims to ‘strengthen’ democracy in U.S.
A well-regarded elections law expert is launching a new center focusing on elections and free speech at the University of California-Irvine School of Law. UC-Irvine law professors Rick Hasen, a well-known expert in elections law, and David Kaye, a former UN appointee focused on freedom of opinion and speech across the globe, are co-directing the new center, called the Fair Elections and Free Speech Center.

KABC (City News Service), July 19, 2021 (Video)
UCLA’s 2021 freshman class is most diverse, academically accomplished in history, school says
UC locations with the greatest annual overall year-over-year freshman admission gains include UC Davis up 19.2% (42,726 from 35,838); UC Irvine up 6.9% (31,261 from 29,245); and UC San Diego up 6% (40,616 from 38,305).

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, July 19, 2021
$15M Grant Will Help U of California Recruit and Mentor Diverse Faculty
The University of California (UC) has received a $15 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (PPFP), which “encourages outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers” at the university. The most-recent funding will go toward expanding the number of PPFP fellowships and establishing a hiring program for faculty who emphasize diversity and equity in the humanities at six UC institutions: UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis. All six are Hispanic-serving institutions.

Spectrum News 1, July 20, 2021
Delta variant drives uptick in OC COVID-19 cases
Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, previously said that lifting the mask mandate for the vaccinated made sense to serve as an incentive for residents to get inoculated. But on Monday he said the new, more contagious Delta varient “is changing things rapidly.”

Newport Beach Independent, July 19, 2021
Segerstrom Center Announces the Return of Indoor Performances in July
You know things are looking up when Segerstrom Center for the Arts brings back live performances to its venues. … The Center’s health and safety protocols have been informed by Infectious Disease experts at the University of California Irvine to ensure adherence to the principles for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention.

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