UCI News

The New York Times, March 12, 2021
A Year of Risk, Fear and Loss for Families in Medicine
For Dr. Nadia Zuabi, [resident physician, UCI School of Medicine], the loss is so new that she still refers to her father, a fellow emergency department physician, in the present tense. Her father, Dr. Shawki Zuabi, spent his last days in her hospital, UCI Health in Orange County, Calif., before dying of Covid on Jan. 8. The younger Dr. Zuabi almost immediately returned to work, hoping to keep going through purpose and her colleagues’ camaraderie. … “I lost my best friend, my coach and the person I look up to,” she said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Orange County Register, March 12, 2021
Who’s Zooming who? UCI students and senior citizens
In the weekly virtual conversations involving a group of UC Irvine students and people who are members of local senior centers, no technology gap or generational divide gets in the way of discussing some key, pandemic-influenced topics — gratitude, self-care, positivity, patience, healthy relationships. … “We just set aside this time where we can learn from each other,” said Karishma Muthukumar, 20, who is in her third year as a cognitive science major at UCI. She laid the groundwork for the student-run program called The Patient Project that hosts the virtual gatherings. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

CNBC, March 12, 2021 (Video)
These college students worry they may not graduate on time due to the coronavirus pandemic
In January, the U.S. Department of Education made more than $21 billion available to institutions of higher education to support students during the pandemic. Colleges and universities across the nation, like the  University of California, Irvine and the University of North Carolina, have used these funds to implement emergency grant opportunities, housing assistance and academic support programs.

EdSurge, March 10, 2021
How Three Nonprofits Are Connecting Kids With Diverse Mentors During the Pandemic
Mimi Ito, director of the UCI Connected Learning Lab writes, “Our research at the Connected Learning Lab on engaged and interest-driven learning has demonstrated that young people thrive when connected to communities of interest, mentors and peers who share passions and purpose. … I hope leaders will not forget the value of the online connections that sustained us during the dark days of 2020. The online world offers an opportunity not only for continuity of traditional educational objectives, but also of expanding our possibilities to connect and inspire.”

Psychology Today, March 4, 2021
The Dark Side of Having No Stress
What happens if you have little to no stress? This question was the focus of a new study by researcher Susan T. Charles, [professor], from the Department of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine and her research team …. Being stress-free in this study was related to several positive outcomes. Overall, these people had fewer chronic diseases and reported experiencing more positive emotions and less negative emotions than stressed people. However, they also had lower levels of cognitive functioning, as assessed using a 20-minute test of memory and thinking flexibility. Moreover, they gave and received emotional support less often than stressed people.

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