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Orange County Business Journal, July 27, 2020
OC’s wealthiest
Henry Samueli and his wife, Susan Samueli, have donated a reported $250 million to UCI; Paul Merage, name on top of UCI Business School. … Donations included $511,000 to UCI’s Shaping the Future Campaign; Donald Bren directed more than $70 million to UCI; Bill Gross, big break: After a car accident, spent months in a hospital where he read Edward O. Thorp’s “Beat the Dealer.” Pair became friends when Thorp was teaching at UCI, with Gross telling Thorp: “I tell him all the time that he’s responsible for my career.”; Sue Gross was in charge of couple’s prior foundation, which gave more than $800 million over the years, including $40 million to create a school of nursing at UCI; C. Frederick ‘Fred’ Taylor – mentor: Edward O. Thorp; Fariborz Maseeh donated to UCI to start a Persian studies center, Gavin Herbert Sr., helped develop UCI which now has a world-class eye institute that bears his name. Has pledged $24 million in research at UCI. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

ABC7, July 25, 2020 (Video)
Orange County community members undergo training to conduct contact tracing in COVID hotspots
Adriana Moreno is excited to be part of a training program that is making those impacted most by COVID-19 in Orange County part of the solution. Moreno is a community advocate with experience working on improving access to public health for low-income, immigrant communities. … UC Irvine teamed up with the Orange County Health Care Agency and local nonprofits to train contact tracers in areas where COVID-19 has spread most.

Orange County Register, July 27, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: As the coronavirus spreads in Orange County, we have a choice
Bernadette Boden-Albala, UCI director and founding dean of the program in public health and Eric Spangenberg, UCI dean of the Paul Merage School of Business write, “Collective action – embraced by every individual in our community – can immediately reduce the rate of transmission of coronavirus and flatten the curve in Orange County and California. It will truly serve everyone’s self-interest to choose compassion towards our neighbors over the convenience of following a pre-pandemic routine during a health pandemic.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Daily Pilot, July 24, 2020
Organizers at UCI collect donations to help prisoners released early to help stop COVID-19 spread in jails
[Nayla] Rodriguez, a sociology PhD student at UC Irvine who has been organizing around prison issues for about eight years …. learned that often times the newly released prisoners are sitting in the release area for hours without basic necessities. For the last week, Rodriguez and Courtney Echols — organizers for the newly formed People’s Coalition of UC Irvine — and their volunteers have been putting together backpacks filled with supplies to give to these prisoners. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

GMA, July 27, 2020
Tips for boosting your child’s mental health during COVID-19
“The structured routine is really big” and “firm sleep times” are very important, said Dr. Anju Hurria, a child psychiatrist at the University of California, Irvine. Hurria suggests creating a schedule on a white board and also adding fun weekly activities, such as movie night on Fridays, so children can look forward to those special events. … Check in with your kids. Set aside time in the day or week to ask them, “How are you doing with everything?” Hurria recommends.

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