UCI News

Orange County Register, Mar. 10, 2020
UC Irvine moves its classes online; two more new coronavirus cases announced in Orange County
UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman said in a statement to the campus community that all final exams will be administered remotely next week and all events and gatherings with more than 100 participants will be canceled. For the spring quarter – with classes starting March 30 – instructors will teach students online. In limited cases such as lab courses, instructors are expected to make accommodations so students can take the classes in person or “via an alternative delivery mode,” Gillman said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Daily Pilot, Mar. 11, 2020
Person tested at UC Irvine doesn’t have COVID-19, university says
Results were negative for a UC Irvine community member who was tested for COVID-19 at the Student Health Center, the university said Tuesday night. Dr. Albert Chang, medical director at the Student Health Center, said in an email to the campus that the Orange County Health Care Agency informed UCI that the person had tested negative. … “Should we have any further cases of [people under investigation], we will be practicing the same outreach measures to ensure those that are most likely to be at risk are aware of the details and counseled on proper actions to take in order to minimize spreading the virus responsible for COVID-19.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

ABC7, Mar. 11, 2020 (Video)
Coronavirus: UCLA, USC, Pepperdine and LMU shifting to online-only classes, holding sporting events without fans
UC’s Irvine campus is continuing classes in-person this week but is encouraging instructors to shift to online-only teaching. Final exams next week will be administered remotely. During spring quarter, the campus will shift to “remote learning mode,” though exceptions will be made for situations such as working in a lab or studio. Students who live on campus are encouraged to move back to their off-campus homes and stay there for the spring quarter. Gatherings with more than 100 people are being canceled. Athletic events will be held without spectators.

Los Angeles Times, Mar. 11, 2020
Why you should stop obsessing about coronavirus news, and how to do it
One way people try to exert control during times of uncertainty is to increase their media consumption, said Roxane Cohen Silver, a professor of psychological science and public health at UC Irvine. … “The media is a double-edged sword,” she said. “It is the mechanism by which we get important, validated information. But at the same time, we need to protect ourselves from the onslaught of the 24/7 news cycle.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Forbes, Mar. 11, 2020
CIOs Vs. COVID-19: Tech Leaders Are Key To Companies’ Emergency Plans
As executive teams grapple with the fallout, CIOs such as [Prakash] Kota have become key players in crisis-response plans. “The CIO role has definitely become more central [to contingency strategies] because technology mediates almost every single interaction in business these days,” says Vijay Gurbaxani, the director of the Center for Digital Transformation at the University of California, Irvine.

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