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San Francisco Chronicle, June 11, 2021
San Francisco crime is starting to look more like it did before the pandemic
Charis Kubrin, [professor and] a criminologist at the University of California, Irvine, said that monthly data on crime rates needs to be treated with caution because so many factors can cause short-term boosts or declines in different types of crime, particularly in individual cities. … “As it turns out, California is doing pretty darn well overall,” Kubrin said. “We are still at near historic lows” despite pandemic-era fluctuations.

CalMatters, June 11, 2021
County health agencies — fighting disease — also have to fight for state funds
Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention at University of California, Irvine, said counties need infectious disease specialists “who could step into action during an emergency,” but also add eyes to other diseases during non-crisis times.

Vermont Public Radio, June 9, 2021 (Audio)
Vt. Prisons Used Lockdowns To Slow Coronavirus, But Prisoners’ Mental Health Suffered
These measures might have slowed the spread of COVID-19, but research shows restrictive housing practices have detrimental effects on mental health. Keramet Reiter, associate professor of criminology and law at the University of California Irvine, said extended confinement can produce symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder. “And they include hallucination, insomnia, trouble sleeping, trouble modulating your emotions. All kinds of severe mental health crises can ensue,” she said.

Hidden Brain, May 26, 2021
The usefulness of uselessness
Researchers recently looked at how our moral judgments affect our perceptions of COVID risk. They found that people judge how risky an activity is based on what they deem to be moral or immoral behavior. …  “The effect in our paper is small, but congruent with previous work,” said co-author Cailin O’Connor [associate professor of logic & philosophy of science]. “Possible implications for public health messaging: 1) risk messaging should track real risk, not morality, and 2) risk messaging should (maybe) focus on morally good activities like going to church or protests.” Read more about their research here.

BBC News, June 10, 2021
Trese: What Netflix’s new occult anime reveals about the Philippines
“There are multiple type of aswang in Philippine folklore. There’s the witch, the were-beast, the bloodsucker, the corpse-eater, as well as the winged monster who sucks unborn children out of pregnant women,” said Bliss Lim, a professor of film and media studies at the University California at Irvine. The aswang are an umbrella term of vampiric and malevolent spirits ….

Previously “In the News”