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Orange County Register, June 26, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: We need to reopen schools, but is it safe?
Steve A.N. Goldstein, UCI vice chancellor, Health Affairs and  Dan M. Cooper MD, UCI associate vice chancellor for clinical and translational science write, “At the University of California, Irvine (UCI) we have convened a group of scientists, clinicians and educators to collaborate with the Orange County Department of Education and representatives from regional schools to help identify the unique re-opening needs of each school in our diverse communities. This complex process requires new resources and has inherent challenges — here are some of our initial procedural recommendations for the return to school ….  [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CBS2, June 25, 2020 (Video)
OC Reports 7 Additional COVID-19 Deaths Bringing Total Over 300, Jump In Hospitalizations
On Thursday, healthcare officials revealed more worrying news: over half the county’s patients are under 44. “These are not patients who are just going through drive through testing,” said Dr. Daniel Chow from UCI Health. “These are patients who are sick enough to visit our ER.” Dr. Chow, co-director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Diagnostic Medicine at UCI, collects data to identify vulnerable patients, and he found them. Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Garden Grove are among the cities Dr. Chow found are being most impacted by COVID-19.

CNN, June 25, 2020
Gaming companies are responding to a wave of sexual misconduct allegations
“Twitch does not have a great history of dealing with things like sexual harassment, for example,” said Bo Ruberg, assistant film and media studies professor at the University of California, Irvine. Now, they added, “we’re seeing them respond more quickly…It’s the kind of moment where people seem to be expecting companies to respond more quickly to social justice issues.”

UPI, June 25, 2020
Astronomers find massive black hole in the early universe
“The preliminary data from Gemini suggested this was likely to be an important discovery,” said study co-author Aaron Barth, a professor in the physics and astronomy department at the University of California, Irvine. “Our team had observing time scheduled at Keck just a few weeks later, perfectly timed to observe the new quasar using Keck’s NIRES spectrograph in order to confirm its extremely high redshift and measure the mass of its black hole.”

Parade, June 26, 2020
Thank You, Neighbor: 50+ Good News Stories From All 50 States
“Anxiety is contagious, but so is compassion,” says Roxane Cohen Silver, Ph.D., professor of psychological science at University of California, Irvine. “We see our friends and neighbors reaching out to others, and we model that.” Meet some of America’s amazing helpers.

Previously “In the News”