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AP, July 8, 2020
University of California system names 1st Black president
Dr. Michael Drake was chosen Tuesday to be president of the University of California, the first Black leader in the system’s 150-year history. … Drake was UC Irvine’s chancellor from 2005 to 2014, when the university increased the number of applicants for undergraduate admission by more than 90% and added programs in law, public health, pharmaceutical sciences and nursing science.

Los Angeles Times, July 8, 2020
International students upended, unsure if they can continue U.S. studies amid new federal rules
Sara Wallace Goodman, a professor of political science at UC Irvine, tweeted Monday that she would offer a face-to-face independent study to any student confronted with removal because of the new guidelines. “It was not just the humane thing to do but the responsible thing to do as a professor,” Goodman said. She said she has received dozens of emails from students, each of which “is heartbreaking.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KPCC, July 7, 2020 (Audio)
COVID AMA: Is Covid-19 airborne?
In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry speaks with Dr. Shruti Gohil, professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine and Ann Marie Carlton, professor of chemistry at University of California, Irvine.

TPM, July 8, 2020
As COVID surges again, experts forecast hundreds of thousands more US deaths
Andrew Noymer, a demographer and associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine, is predicting a COVID-related death toll on the high end of the range, but he emphasized the number of variables that could affect the final numbers. “It partly depends on us,” Noymer said. “It depends whether there’s a fall wave in the Northeast, and whether people get some religion when it comes to masking, and it depends on the effect of restarting K-12, all of which are things that nobody really knows the answer to.”

CNBC, July 7, 2020
What do you do when your internship is canceled? College students need to get creative and adapt this summer
When Jordan Rubin, a recent graduate from UC Irvine, found out his internship in the talent partnerships department at marketing agency 9thWonder was canceled, he decided to use the summer to create and develop his app PocketShark, a one-finger mobile game that he hopes can be used by all. … “I’ve actually found this pandemic to be more helpful in the startup space, especially for funding,” he said. “I’ve been able to connect with more venture capital firms and angel investors, especially being able to pitch the concept via Zoom and Google Hangouts.”

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