UCI News

ABC7, July 29, 2020 (Video)
Mother and daughter in Orange County make, donate candles to provide stress relief for healthcare workers
“I work in surgical ICU where we are taking care of the COVID positive patients,” said Vickie Nimmo, an RN at UCI Medical Center. “It’s a very stressful time, long shifts. Hopefully, I can use these candles, because it’s a stress relief candle. So hopefully it’ll reduce my stress tonight.” … “I think it’s great that the community helps support the people that are on the frontlines,” said Rita Frerk, a Registered Nurse at UCI Medical Center. “It feels really, really like we’re valued.”

Vox, July 29, 2020
The pandemic is raising concerns about how teens use technology. But there’s still a lot we don’t know.
new report from the nonprofit Common Sense Media, a national advocacy group focused on digital access and safety for children and families, reflects the urgency and state of the conversation. The report, written by UC Irvine child psychology professor Candice Odgers and Common Sense research director Michael Robb, attempted to review the existing research about the effects of tech use on teens, draw conclusions about the overall risks and benefits, and suggest recommendations for parents, educators, and the public.

Politico, July 29, 2020
California’s tough-on-crime movement runs into coronavirus, Floyd activism
The nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California in 2018 said Proposition 47 did not lead to an increase in violent crime, but likely affected property crime, with larceny thefts increasing by about 9 percent compared to other states.  But University of California, Irvine criminologist Charis Kubrin found the measure had no impact on violent crime and said there was insufficient evidence that it drove up motor vehicle theft or larceny, saying that while some counties or cities have seen increases in crime, “across the state it has done more good than harm.”

Marketplace, July 28, 2020 (Audio)
Negotiation is a super important skill
Our guest, Carrie Menkel-Meadow, mediation expert and law professor at the University of California, Irvine, offered some additional thoughts for parents. “It’s so important to realize that you are in a lifelong negotiation with your child.” … “Parents may have to say no, but it’s important for children to know those decisions are made out of love, Menkel-Meadow added. “When we’re talking like this with each other, we’re learning how to solve problems together.”

NPR, July 30, 2020 (Audio)
Butterflies have hearts in their wings. You’ll never guess where they have eyes
Adriana Briscoe, a professor of biology and ecology at UC Irvine, studies vision in butterflies. Turns out, butterflies are really cool. For instance, they can be trained to detect light of a certain color — which she’s done as part of her research. Adriana also answers questions you might’ve never thought to ask like: Why they bask in the sunlight? And why do some of them have ‘hearts’ in their wings? … We also discuss the importance of teachers and mentors in diversifying the STEM fields, which Adriana has written about.

Previously “In the News”