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Los Angeles Times, June 25, 2022
Persevering through pandemic hardships, two members of the class of 2022 earn their diplomas
For years, graduating from high school, let alone university, felt like a far-off goal for Andrew Norman. On June 11, the 29-year-old walked in a commencement ceremony for the first time, after two battles with cancer and a winding path to graduation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychological science from UC Irvine. “If you were to tell me four years ago that I would go to UCI and have graduated, I wouldn’t have believed you. There’s just no way,” Norman said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

AP, June 30, 2022
Supreme Court to hear case on state authority over elections
“This case could profoundly alter the balance of power in states and prevent state courts and agencies from providing protections for people’s right to vote,” said Rick Hasen, a law [Chancellor’s] Professor at the University of California, Irvine. “There’s a wide range of ways the court could rule on this. Taken to its extreme, it would be a radical reworking of our system of running elections.”

Voice of OC, June 29, 2022
End of Pandemic Outreach Leaves Some OC Residents in a Difficult Spot
UC Irvine public health expert [and assistant professor], Alana LeBron, also said it’s a confusing time for many people since outreach efforts and public health interventions have curbed significantly. … Meanwhile, UC Irvine [epidemiologist, public health expert, and associate professor], Andrew Noymer, said Orange County’s COVID wave could be receding. … “So far, the Omicron variants have been milder, but as your stock broker will tell you, past performance is no guarantee of the future,” he said. … People can do a very simple thing, for example if you invite people to your house, just open the window – that’s going to increase the air exchange rate,” said UCI air quality expert [and associate chemistry professor] Manabu Shiraiwa. “I’d recommend meeting outside if possible.”

The Chronicle of Higher Ed, June 30, 2022
Teaching: Staying Flexible Without Becoming Overwhelmed
“I agree that too much flexibility (no deadlines, redo everything, no attendance policies, etc.) can lead to students not doing the work or feeling like there is no accountability,” writes Andrea Aebersold, director of faculty instructional development in the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation at the University of California, Irvine. “Many faculty have shared that they bent over backwards during remote learning with flexible everything and now that we’re back, students are demanding that their every request be granted. It’s time for the pendulum to swing back to a happy medium.” Aebersold is advocating for “flexibility with guardrails.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Click here: https://www.chronicle.com/,  while logged into the UCIFull VPN]

Bicycling, June 28, 2022
Healthy Habits That Can Help You Live Longer—and Easy Ways to Make Them Stick
Even just two weeks of a higher-fiber diet with vegetables, fruits, and whole grains can change your gut health in a way that helps you absorb nutrients better, according to a study in the journal mSystems. That can improve far more than your digestion, says study’s lead author, Katrine Whiteson, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of California, Irvine.

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