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News Nation, Feb. 25, 2021 (Video)
New coronavirus variant in New York spurs caution, concern
“I’ve never been more optimistic in the recent past as I am now,” said Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine. “The worst variant hasn’t arrived yet … And the way we keep that new variant from emerging is to vaccinate as many people as we can as quickly as we can, because these variants emerge when the old virus infects someone and a new variant comes out. So if we can block that first step through vaccination, that’s the best way to fight the variants. Vaccination is key.”

The Washington Post, Feb. 28, 2021
Supreme Court to again consider federal protections for minority voters
“That the first Section 2 vote denial case comes to the Supreme Court as a partisan battle is exceptionally unfortunate,” University of California at Irvine law professor Richard Hasen wrote in an essay on Scotusblog.com. “Because it will focus the justices’ attention less on the cost of restrictive voting laws on minority voters and more on how the parties fight over voting rights rules for partisan gain.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Forbes, Feb. 27, 2021 (Contributor)
The First Is Always Last: The Scarcity Of Black CEOs In Corporate America
Douglas Haynes, UCI vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion writes, “The reason why there are so few Black CEOs is because there is no ecosystem for Black people to thrive. Even for those who succeed in positioning themselves for senior leadership, they have to maneuver through social organizations where explicit and implicit bias can undermine their destination at the C-suite. The dearth of Black CEOs also speaks volumes about the willingness of white men and women in positions of power to create the opportunities for Black men and women to compete and thrive in business.”

KCBS, Feb. 26, 2021
UC Researchers Awarded $1.2 Million Grant To Develop Low-Cost, Easy-To-Operate Robots To Use In Post-COVID-19 World
“When communities reopen, not everyone will be able to return to in-person activities,” UCI research scientist Veronica Ahumada-Newhart, [postdoctoral  fellow, UCI Institute for Clinical Translational Science], said in a statement. “Through this work, we will create telemanipulation robots that allow people to participate in social gatherings, family events and cultural activities in public spaces.” The robots will be designed with tactile sensing, manipulation capabilities and technology to transmit information through touch, according to UCI officials.

KABC 30, Feb. 26, 2021 (Video)
Changing immigration policies negatively impact undocumented students, new UC study says
“28% of undocumented students and 30% of U.S. citizens with undocumented parents are sort of expressing anxiety and or depressive symptoms at that clinical level, compared to 21% of U.S. citizens with lawfully present parents,” said Laura Enriquez, the lead principal investigator of the immigration study and associate professor, [Chicano/Latino studies] at UC Irvine. … “A lot of the conversations that we had with students was very much about the inability to plan and to move forward,” Professor Enriquez said.

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