UCI News

Orange County Register, June 27, 2020
Orange County’s ‘Young Adult Court’ celebrates its first graduate
UCI’s Elizabeth Cauffman, professor of psychological science, helped launch the program in 2018 after receiving a $780,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice. Now she hopes to keep it going with another cash infusion. … The brain’s frontal lobe, which governs impulse control and decision making, does not completely mature until the age of about 25, Cauffman said. “Before then, we are at the highest risk for doing stupid stuff.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

National Geographic, June 26, 2020
Here’s how to stop the virus from winning
“When there’s an absence of consistent messaging from authorities, many rumors and conspiracy theories can fill the void, and that makes it very difficult for people to figure out what it is that they should do,” says Roxane Cohen Silver, a UC Irvine professor of psychological science. … “I would encourage people to monitor the amount of time that they’re engaged with the media to make sure that they’re checking trustworthy authoritative sources,” Cohen Silver says.

Orange County Business Journal, June 29, 2020
UCI Researchers Lead $10M Study of Internet Personal Data Privacy
“We can do things better going forward,” said principal investigator Athina Markopoulou, professor and chairperson of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UCI. “With COVID we’re even more aware of data collection,” she told the Business Journal on June 16. Businesses and governments are stepping up monitoring and tracing to prevent further coronavirus outbreaks. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Mail Guardian, June 27, 2020
Part II: ‘Afropessimism’ and the rituals of anti-Black violence
Frank Wilderson is professor and chair of the African-American studies department at the University of California, Irvine. He is a poet, filmmaker and the multi-award-winning author …. Amid the current international Black Lives Matter protests that are leading to the toppling down of the statues of slavers and imperialists, the Mail & Guardian interviewed Wilderson on his latest book and the genesis of Afropessimism as a field of thought. This is part two of a three-part interview. Part one can be read here.

AP, June 27, 2020
Low-income California zip codes see spike in virus cases
Cases and hospitalizations have grown significantly in the last couple weeks, and “it’s not just around the hot zones — we’re seeing much more spread around the county,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of University of California, Irvine’s public health program.

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