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Los Angeles Times, Mar. 9, 2020
Expect more California schools to close amid coronavirus spread, Newsom says
UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman said the campus will remain open after assessing that the risk of transmission is low, but he said the university is ready to switch gears at any time. “We will continue to monitor and assess the risk, but at the present time, there is no reason for us to suspend ordinary instructional activity,” Gillman said. “In-person classroom meetings will be under normal operation for the week of March 9.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, Mar. 9, 2020
Coronavirus and 2020 Elections: What Happens to Voting in an Outbreak
“The problem is, we don’t have a plan for what happens if a part of the country faces a disruption on a presidential Election Day,” said Rick Hasen [Chancellor’s Professor], an election law expert at the University of California-Irvine’s law school. He said Congress should right now be considering federal legislation that would address potential voting trouble. “What if one part of the country is affected, if it’s California or Florida?” he said. “The closer we to get to the election, the harder it’s going to be to come up with rules that look fair.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Quartz, Mar. 9, 2020
The psychology of coronavirus fear—and how to manage it
Commonsense precautionary measures are especially important given the high likelihood of contracting Covid-19. There are “important, very basic things that people can do to take back the power here, and control at least to the extent that you can, your degree of vulnerability to this illness,” says Alison Holman, associate professor in the school of nursing at UC Irvine and expert in health psychology. Those include self-isolating and monitoring your temperature if you get sick; washing your hands regularly with soap and water; and staying away from large gatherings, like concerts or marathons.

witnessLA, Mar. 8, 2020
New Study Says CA’s “Sanctuary State” Law Did Not Cause Crime To Increase, Feds Claim Otherwise
“Very little research to date has evaluated the connection between sanctuary policies and crime,” said study co-author Charis Kubrin, UC Irvine professor of criminology, law & society, “and no studies have examined SB 54’s impact in particular. Thus she and her UCI co-author decided to move into the breach. Their research found that “sanctuary status had a null effect and, more broadly, suggest that major reductions in crime in the U.S. are unlikely to follow from any proposed changes to immigration policy,” Kubrin said.

Orange Coast Magazine, Mar. 6, 2020
Radical Thinker At UC Irvine Spreads Afropessimism Wherever He Goes
A radical thinker helming the African American Studies department at UC Irvine, Frank B. Wilderson III is an award-winning author, professor, and public intellectual. His third book, “Afropessimism,” a blend of groundbreaking critical theory and moving passages of memoir, comes out next month. It’s bound to be controversial, as this cover blurb hints: “There are crucial books that you don’t agree with, but one still comes to understand the importance of the thought experiment. ‘Afropessimism’ is one of those books,” writes poet and Yale University professor Claudia Rankine.

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