UCI News

Coast Magazine/Orange County Register, June 2020
Women in Healthcare 2020: Dr. Nasim Afsar

Nasim Afsar always knew that her life would be about providing health care to communities with the goal of creating a better future for those she serves. Now, Afsar is the chief operating officer for Ambulatory Care for UCI Health. Her vision is the same as it always has been: to deliver flawless care for the population of patients in Orange County and beyond. But that’s not where her vision ends. She also wants to create the best place to work in health care. She’s currently succeeding on all fronts. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Straits Times, June 2, 2020
Anger sweeping across America does not necessarily mean votes against Trump

He pointed to findings from University of California, Irvine political scientist Davin Phoenix, whose book The Anger Gap details how minority voters are less likely to be motivated by dissatisfaction with political figures to head to the polls. … “Contrary to the expectation that the unique racial threat represented by a prospective Trump regime would sufficiently spur turnout among people of colour, it is likely the case that any anger activated by Trump more effectively steered people of colour to the front lines of protest action rather than to the polls,” said Dr Phoenix in a UCI interview about his book in February.

CalMatters, May 30, 2020 (Commentary)
California needs to protect its prison staff and inmates during COVID-19 pandemic

[UCI associate professors] Naomi Sugie, Keramet Reiter and Kristin Turney write, “Closing the gap between policies and practices is challenging but critical. Promising efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 infections have been undertaken at other vulnerable institutions, such as hospitals and nursing homes. Prisons must be the “third” institutional wave of attention. Prisons, and especially their staff, are as critical to containing COVID-19 and protecting our communities as our hospitals.”

The Washington Post, June 1, 2020
Experts dispute reports that coronavirus is becoming less lethal

“The virus hasn’t lost function on the time scale of two months,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist at the University of California at Irvine. “Loss of function is something I expect over a time scale of years.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, June 2, ,2020
Relaxing the Rules of Social Distancing

Sara Goodman, 39, has kept kosher her entire life. An associate professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, Ms. Goodman is used to responding to dinner invitations with an awkward but polite inquiry about what sort of food will be served, and if accommodations can be made for her. It’s a skill, she says, that has come in handy as California eases its way out of the stay at home order …and families like hers begin navigating the uncharted landscape of post-Covid-19 socializing.  [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

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