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ABC World News Tonight (Video), June 11, 2020
Medical school graduates ready to fight COVID-19 on the front lines
As the country continues to see new cases of the novel coronavirus, recent medical school graduates are stepping up to fight the pandemic in the front lines. Graduates from the University of California, Irvine’s School of Medicine shared scenes from their drive-through commencement and told ABC News what that moment meant to them.

EdSource, June 11, 2020
UC Irvine to offer remote undergraduate instruction in fall, but students will still be allowed on campus
“At the undergraduate level, essentially all instruction will be remote,” wrote Michael Dennin, the dean of the division of undergraduate education, and Gillian Hayes, the dean of the graduate division, in an email sent to faculty this week. … But remote instruction does not mean that students will be kept off campus. In fact, in a letter sent to students and their families on Thursday, administrators said that the campus “will continue to provide a wide range of student life, academic support, intercollegiate athletics, and campus spirit activities, as well as extracurricular programming.”

KPCC, June 11, 2020 (Audio)
COVID-19: New Hot Spots? Could We See A Vaccine In 2020?
In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry speaks with  Shruti Gohil, M.D., professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine. Today’s topics include: Are there new COVID-19 hot spots in some states? Could we see a vaccine in 2020? ….

Modem World, June 10, 2020
Studying digital cultures in Second Life
Professor Tom Boellstorff, has been teaching a course entitled Digital Cultures (Anthropology 128C), utilising facilities he constructed at Anteater Island …. What was particularly impressive about this entire process is just how well it appears to have worked. From initial need to move to on-line teaching, through the creation of Anteater Island without overly disrupting the students work, through to enabling the study groups to function and bring together a set of engaging and informative presentations, the entire process itself is perhaps a case study in the making – and as I’ve noted, Tom has plans for just that ….

The Washington Post, June 10, 2020
Would-be vacationers approach summer travel cautiously
Travel-related phobias are notoriously challenging to treat because most people travel only occasionally, according to Jessica Borelli, an associate professor of psychological science at the University of California at Irvine. “Anything we do infrequently is a prime target for anxiety buildup,” she says. “If we want to gain control over that anxiety, we have to do it more. The answer is always doing something more frequently, not less frequently if you want to feel less anxious about it.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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