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ABC News, July 27, 2021
US volleyball star revels as role model for deaf kids
David Smith was born nearly deaf with 80-90% hearing loss but has managed to overcome that to become an elite athlete competing in his third Olympics for the U.S. men’s volleyball team. … The 36-year-old Smith eventually earned a scholarship to play volleyball at UC Irvine, joined the national team in 2009 and made his first of three Olympic teams in 2012. He won a bronze medal in 2016 and is seeking to do even better this year.

AP, July 28, 2021
‘OK not to be OK’: Mental health takes top role at Olympics
John Speraw, coach of the U.S. men’s volleyball team and the son of a psychologist, hired a specialist to assist his athletes when he coached at UC Irvine. He was an assistant on two Olympic teams before advancing to be the head coach for the Rio Games. There, he noticed his players were posting on Facebook — during the actual opening ceremony. “To me, it was the most striking,” he said. “I think we are very conscious of the increased scrutiny and external pressure and expectations that it places on our athletes.”

MarketWatch, July 28, 2021
With COVID-19 on the rise, restaurants tell customers, ‘No vax, no service’
Michele Bratcher Goodwin, a [Chancellor’s] professor of law the University of California, Irvine and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, raises another point: If businesses don’t put vaccine requirements in place, they potentially open themselves up to a liability case if a customer or staff member becomes sick from being exposed to an unvaccinated individual. “The last thing you want to be hit with is a wrongful-death lawsuit,” said Ms. Goodwin.

Spectrum News 1 (City News Service), July 28, 2021
Orange County reports 453 new COVID-19 cases, rise in hospitalizations
The positivity rate is more alarming as it reflects more people being infected rather than an increase in testing, said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention. “Delta is exploding everywhere,” Noymer told City News Service. “It’s become apparent Delta has become a big game changer.”

The Orange County Register, July 27, 2021
Rams training camp: key dates, what’s new, how to attend
Schedule: Rams will practice at UC Irvine from Wednesday, July 28, to Tuesday, Aug. 10 …. Fans: Late-afternoon practices at UC Irvine are open to the public July 28, 29, 30, 31, Aug. 2, 3, 4, 6, 9 and 10. For info and tickets, see therams.com/trainingcamp. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

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