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Orange County Register, June 15, 2021
UCI grads celebrate with stage walks
After the coronavirus derailed any sort of gathering last year to celebrate the handing out of diplomas, this year officials at UC Irvine organized stage walks for the graduates so they had a moment to share with their family and friends. … UCI’s Class of 2021 – its 55th graduating class – features 10,204 students receiving bachelor’s degrees. Another 845 graduates completed master’s degrees and 289 doctoral degrees. Law degrees were awarded to 220 students and 105 medical students completed their degrees. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

KPFK – Background Briefing with Ian Masters, June 15, 2021 (Audio)
With 600,000 Deaths by Covid in the U.S., Deadlier Strains are on the Horizon
Andrew Noymer, UCI associate professor of population health and disease prevention speaks with host Ian Masters about COVID-19. [Noymer said], “We need to get vaccination rates even higher. … The vaccine is our best weapon but the reason for the reduction in deaths, is because of the reduction in cases and the reduction in cases is due to two things, the vaccine and also the fact that the COVID epidemiology is becoming more like a seasonal phenomenon now. .. I would encourage people who are not vaccinated to get vaccinated.”

Grist, June 15, 2021
During wildfires and hurricanes, a language gap can be deadly
It’s imperative that local governments provide live translations of emergency information for migrants, interpreting warnings in a way that is culturally appropriate and sensitive to their needs, said Michael Méndez, an assistant professor of urban planning & public policy at the University of California, Irvine. “It should be a requirement, in this day and age, in the era of climate change, that no county government should have an outdated disaster plan.”

Orange County Business Journal, June 14, 2021
SAP Reopens Newport Beach Office, Adding Second Site
SAP SE, one of the largest software companies in the world, plans to open its second office in Newport Beach …. There’s a lot we’re doing with UC Irvine,” says Anamarie Franc, the SAP chief operating officer for California. “There’s a collaboration we’ve had with them from the beginning.” UCI is a source of “great talent” for SAP she said, adding: “We guest lecture there, we host industry showcases where some of the CS (computer science) students come and pitch ideas to our teams here at SAP.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Forge/Medium, June 15, 2021
How to Think About the Future Again
“When trauma hits…this continuity from past, into present, into future that holds us up, is shattered for many people,” says Alison Holman, [nursing professor], a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, who studies the effects of trauma and stress on health. … “I would argue that getting the vaccine is probably the number one thing that people should do to help rebuild their future,” Holman says. “It will take away a lot of the anxiety, about catching COVID and getting really sick or dying.”

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