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The New York Times, March 12, 2021
Why Older People Managed to Stay Happier Through the Pandemic
Scientists needed an environment where both older and younger populations were in equally stressful situations. “There’s never been a way we could somehow test the effect of extreme stress on this relationship, in any ethical way,” said Susan Charles, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine. The coronavirus changed that. … “I think the older generation now, as much as it’s been threatened by Covid, they’re beginning to say, ‘My life is not nearly as disrupted as my children’s or grandchildren’s,’” Dr. Charles said, “and that is where our focus on mental well-being should now turn.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Bloomberg, March 13, 2021
Biden’s Gamble on Covid Vaccine Depends on a Lot Going Right
“We need to be humble in the face of Mother Nature — we don’t understand all the things that can happen in the next 12 months,“ said Andrew Noymer, associate professor of population health and disease prevention at the University of California Irvine. “I think we can have a normal July 4, and probably will have a normal July 4. But that’s not a watertight guarantee.”

Teen Vogue, March 12, 2021
COVID Anniversary Anxiety Is Real — Here’s How to Cope
Roxane Cohen Silver, PhD, a professor of psychological science, medicine, and public health at University of California Irvine, has led multiple studies examining the mental health impact of national disasters, and in September testified to Congress on the “cascading collective trauma” effect of COVID, climate crises, and social injustice. Calling the past year “unlike anything I’ve ever studied,” she believes that, rather than an anniversary reaction, what many are now grappling with is the cumulative mental health impact of an extreme and continuing “chronic stressor.”

KPBS, March 16, 2021
Less Than 1% Of San Diego County Jail Inmates Vaccinated Despite Ongoing Outbreaks
“It’s really devastating, actually, to hear that so few people in jail have been vaccinated,” said Naomi Sugie, an associate criminology professor at UC Irvine. “It is really good that the employees are getting vaccinated at such high rates, but we have to give the same sort of priority, out of public health concerns, to people who are incarcerated in those facilities,” Sugie said.

The Desert Sun, March 14, 2021
Opinion: Voice: Government can help advance economic resiliency in Coachella Valley and its environs
Another joint effort between local government, and either academia or the federal government, that I would like to see explored is the development of microgrids. As I noted in a Valley Voice here in November 2019, we have local expertise at the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) at UC Irvine. The NFCRC is a part of the Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) at the school and was founded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission.

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