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Orange County Register, July 2, 2021
UCI professor wins international prize for work that led to COVID-19 vaccines

The conviction that science can and should make lives better always ran deep in [Philip] Felgner, and his painstaking work over the past 35 years laid the groundwork for the mRNA vaccines that are so startlingly effective against COVID-19. The UC Irvine professor has seen his work take off in ways he never quite expected, and soon he’ll be rubbing elbows with Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia as they honor him — alongside the German creators of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and four others — for outstanding advances in technical and scientific research. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

The Washington Post, July 1, 2021
Supreme Court upholds Arizona voting laws that lower court found were unfair to minorities
Liberal election law experts said the decision is part of a pattern in which the Supreme Court has systematically weakened legal protections for minority voters. “The conservative Supreme Court has taken away all the major available tools for going after voting restrictions,” said Richard Hasen, [Chancellor’s Professor], an election-law expert at the University of California, Irvine. “This at a time when some Republican states are passing new restrictive voting laws.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

Daily Pilot, July 3, 2021
O.C. health officials boast 70% vaccination among adults, but total herd immunity still elusive
Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, said he’s pleased at the progress Orange County has made so far, especially since adults face greater risk from the coronavirus than children. But, he added, that pleasure comes with some caveats. “Herd immunity is a moving target. … The COVID-19 vaccines kick ass. Public health has given us the best weapon against this and that is a great vaccine — now we have to use it,” Noymer said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Healthline, July 2, 2021
July 4 COVID-19 Vaccination Goal: The Difference Between 67 and 70%
Dr. José Mayorga, an assistant clinical professor of family medicine at the University of California at Irvine, told Healthline that history shows how we can beat COVID-19. “If you think about what other communicable diseases we have been able to eliminate in the United States with vaccines, it’s been due to a high uptake in vaccine rates,” he said. “Good examples are polio, mumps, and tetanus.”

Mother Jones, July 2, 2021
Stop Blaming Crime Rates on Defunding the Police
Is there really a surge in crime? … “It’s hard to give a nice simple overview of what crime is doing,” Charis Kubrin, a professor of criminology, [law & society], at University of California, Irvine, says. “Crime was rising drastically in the 1980s through the 1990s, then we experienced the crime drop. Now it seems to depend on which city.” In fact, Americans always seem to be convinced that crime is rising. “It’s an entrenched, salient perception,” Kubrin explains.

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