UCI News

Los Angeles Times, Mar. 14, 2020
UC Irvine cancels graduation for the first time to protect against coronavirus
“We are saddened to share that the UCI Commencement Ceremonies will not take place in the same way as previous years,” Willie L. Banks Jr., the vice chancellor of student affairs, wrote in a message to students Friday. … Banks told students that campus officials are “actively looking at alternatives to celebrate our graduates in an appropriate manner. We understand that commencement is an important part of the UCI experience and we want to honor our students while still keeping our community safe.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KPCC, March 16, 2020 (Audio)
As California Seniors, High-Risk Populations Self-Isolate Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, How Are You Staying Connected?
Among the recommendations from California Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday night as he updated Golden State residents on the latest regarding the coronavirus outbreak was that Californians over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions self-isolate to prevent the spread of disease. … Today on AirTalk, we’ll talk about some tips for older Californians as they self-isolate amid the outbreak. … Guest: Lisa Gibbs, M.D., clinical professor of family medicine and chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.

PBS Newshour, March 15, 2020 (Video)
What’s being done to stop Russia’s election interference?
Coronavirus is not the only concern. As the 2020 election takes shape, Russian interference in the 2016 race still resonates today and could be a factor on Election Day. I recently sat down with Richard Hasen, a [Chancellor’s] Professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine, and author of “Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust and the Threat to American Democracy.”

Health Day, March 16, 2020
Hit by Coronavirus Panic? Look for Data Not Drama, Experts Say
“One of the most stressful aspects of this outbreak is the uncertainty and ambiguity that surrounds transmission,” said [Roxane Cohen] Silver, who’s professor of psychological science at the University of California, Irvine. … “What is likely to be unhealthy is the spreading of rumors and misinformation, which often creep in during uncertain periods,” she said. For many, endless cycling through cable news or reading specious posts on Facebook can prove harmful, not helpful. Instead, people should proactively “seek out information from authoritative sources,” she said, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), or your local department of health.

The Atlantic, March 13, 2020
The Art of Socializing During a Quarantine
Melissa Mazmanian, an informatics professor at UC Irvine, told me that it might help to proactively schedule a videochat date that functions as a “low-level exchange of ‘What’s going on with you today?’” …. Recently, she and a colleague agreed that while they were working remotely, they’d set up a standing videochat lunch date, chatting and eating “together” in front of their laptops.

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