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The Washington Post, June 15, 2020
Coronavirus recommendations ignored as case numbers rise
“They’re either just over it, or they’ve come to believe it’s a phony pandemic because their own personal grandmother hasn’t been affected yet,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine, in Orange County. Elected officials last week forced the county health department to scale back a mask-wearing order. “People just think this is a nothingburger. So they think the risk is exaggerated.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, June 16, 2020
Why Protest Movements Are ‘Civil’ Only in Retrospect
“You can tell a story about civil rights in which Martin Luther King made a good speech and then the government changed — and Martin Luther King did make good speeches, and government policies did change, but a lot of other stuff was happening at the same time,” said David S. Meyer, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. “Promoting social change requires a complicated recipe, and to pull out and identify one ingredient and say ‘this is the one that matters’ is either bad social science or just deceptive.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Bloomberg Opinion, June 13, 2020
Fighting Climate Change Means Fighting Racial Injustice
“You can’t let one segment of society become a sacrifice.” Michael Méndez, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, was on the phone talking about the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd beneath a white police officer’s knee. But he was also talking about environmental justice and climate change. … Méndez has a new book called “Climate Change From The Streets” about the struggle of low-income and minority communities to have a voice in shaping environmental policy.

NPR, June 12, 2020 (Audio)
Law Professor On Misdemeanor Offenses And Racism In The Criminal System
Alexandra Natapoff, is a law professor at the University of California, Irvine and author of Punishment Without Crime. “It’s surprising to many people to realize that misdemeanors — these low-level, often chump-change offenses that many of us commit routinely without even noticing it — make up the vast majority of what our criminal system does,” Natapoff tells NPR’s Ari Shapiro on All Things Considered.

Orange County Business Journal, June 15, 2020
At-Home Workers Face Hacking Threat
Bryan Cunningham, head of University of California, Irvine’s cybersecurity institute, say foreign government agents are increasingly trying to swipe information about the hunt for a vaccine for COVID-19, the latest example of hackers targeting those working from home during the pandemic. … Cunningham reviewed some of the cybersecurity lessons learned during the coronavirus pandemic, during a talk with the Business Journal on June 4. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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