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Orange County Register, June 8, 2020
UCI business dean: ‘Going out to shop is just not going to be as enjoyable’
“What was once off-putting is now comforting,” says Eric Spangenberg, dean of the UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business and a professor of marketing and psychological science. To Spangenberg, coronavirus created an almost permanent retooling of how people shop. Anybody dealing with consumers better be quick to adapt. There will be no return to old shopping habits any year soon. “It’s not a new normal. Normal is what we now talk about,” he says. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Undark, June 8, 2020
For Experts Who Study Coronaviruses, a Grim Vindication
Dogged by skepticism and inconsistent funding, these coronavirus researchers say they were stymied from developing treatments and vaccines for SARS — many of which could have been helpful in the current crisis. Much about what we learned about SARS would have applied now, according to Michael Buchmeier, a virologist at the University of California, Irvine. “The viruses are so similar.”

Psychology Today, June 9, 2020
How Does Media Play Into Trauma?
An interview with Dana Rose Garfin, assistant adjunct professor in the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing at the University of California, Irvine on media exposure and trauma. … “It is critical to stay informed during traumatic events, especially ongoing events like the COVID-19 pandemic, an approaching hurricane, and now the George Floyd protests and riots. … That withstanding, I encourage people to pick one or two media sources to stay informed and try to limit repeated exposure, particularly to disturbing images.”

Edsource Today, June 8, 2020
Complex health considerations make reopening California’s schools a challenge
“It’s a very challenging situation. We’ve never been through a virus like this before, and we don’t know how it’s going to act,” said Dr. Dan Cooper, a pediatrics professor and researcher at UC Irvine and one of the lead authors of the article. “There are issues schools need to address before they can plan for what school will look like on Day One.”

TIME, June 9, 2020
One Year After the Hong Kong Protests Began, Frustrated Hardliners Call for Independence
“It is virtually inevitable that independence is moving from a very fringe idea to one that more people think about as an extreme position, a hard goal to imagine [attaining], and yet the only possible way to preserve a way of life they value deeply,” [UCI Chancellor’s Professor] Jeffrey Wasserstrom, historian and author of VigilHong Kong on the Brink, tells TIME. “It is still a fringe idea but less of one than it was just a year ago.”

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