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The Washington Post, June 2, 2020
How do you build a better cop? By making them slow down.

Emily Owens, UCI professor of criminology, law and society writes, “In 2018, for example, I and three colleagues published a study finding that scheduling brief meetings between officers and sergeants, where they talked through encounters on the street, led to more measured responses to later incidents. The conversations were explicitly designed to make officers more conscious of the importance of “procedural justice” … One way we thought the program might work was by “slowing down” officers’ thinking on the streets. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KPCC, June 2, 2020 (Audio)
Will Anger Over Death Of George Floyd Translate To Political Change?

Public anger can stoke change in the form of political pressure, but that hasn’t always been the case. Today on AirTalk, we discuss how the protests could lead to change and how public emotion influences politics. Guest: Davin Phoenix, assistant professor of political science at UC Irvine; author of the book “The Anger Gap: How Race Shapes Emotion in Politics

Yahoo News, June 2, 2020
On coronavirus vaccine, don’t hold your breath, experts say

Dr. Donald Forthal, chief of the infectious diseases division at the University of California, Irvine, has long studied HIV and dengue fever antibody response, and more recently has focused on the coronavirus. He said that while a vaccine is far from guaranteed and a safe and effective vaccine will take time, it will likely offer enough herd immunity for social distancing guidelines to be relaxed.

Inverse, June 2, 2020
Transparent human cells turn a classic sci-fi story into reality

Alon Gorodetsky is the paper’s lead author and an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UC Irvine. He tells Inverse that his goal is to eventually use this technology to make HUMAN SKIN TRANSPARENT too, which could have implications for cosmetic surgery or cell imaging. But also just because it’s cool. … “Our engineered human cells work almost the same way, as far as we can tell, as the natural leucophore cells in squid skin,” he says.

Verywell, June 1, 2020
Gyms Are Reopening, But Is It Safe to Go Back?

“There are still a lot of unknowns here,” says Dr. Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and associate professor of population health and disease prevention at the University of California, Irvine. “But [exercising in] an indoor facility is among the riskier activities you can do right now.” … Risk-averse and immunodeficient exercisers will likely benefit from avoiding the gym for now, until better measures, treatments, or even vaccines are rolled out.

Previously “In the News”