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Wired, March 17, 2020
Why the Coronavirus Hit Italy So Hard
“Florida is like an uber-Italy,” says Andrew Noymer, [UCI associate professor, public health], who wasn’t involved in this research. “Florida is going to be a tough situation, I would predict.” In a place with so many elderly people, many of them living close together in retirement homes, social distancing will be extra important to avoid disaster. “It’s not destiny to say Florida is going to be absolutely clobbered by this,” Noymer says. “There is time with social distancing to flatten the peak. Maybe we can make this the dog that didn’t bark, so to speak.”

The Washington Post, March 16, 2020
Coronavirus tests American democracy as planning begins for ‘worst case’ in November election
“If [Trump] calls out the National Guard and says people can’t leave their houses? That’s a crisis,” warned Richard L. Hasen, a [Chancellor’s] professor of law and political science at the University of California at Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Wall Street Journal, March 17, 2020
Project Digs Deeper Into Teenage Smartphone Use
Candice Odgers, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine, analyzed 40 studies that examined the ties between social-media use and depression and anxiety in adolescents. The main takeaway from her review, she said, was that the association between the two was inconsistent and that the links are “much smaller than the other stuff that we know relates to depression and anxiety.” “The phone really is this mirror,” Ms. Odgers said. “It’s picking up on the positives and negatives that are present in offline life.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: WSJ.com/UCILibraries]

Fast Company, March 17, 2020
California’s strict air quality regulations don’t just make clean air—they make more productive farms
“The farming community, if they’re looking at this, can actually see over history, see improvements in yields related to a decrease in this ground-level ozone,” explains Steven Davis, an associate professor at the University of California Irvine and coauthor of the study published Monday in Nature Food. “If that were to continue, we could even see further improvements in the yields of these sensitive crops, and maybe farmers would pause a little bit and not oppose all environmental policies.” (Though, of course, not all farmers do oppose environmental efforts, he adds).

Daily Pilot, March 16, 2020
On Theater: Venues cancel shows across Orange County as coronavirus takes a toll on the arts
UC Irvine’s New Swan Shakespeare Festival also is history for 2020. The outdoor venue had been scheduled to present “Julius Caesar” and “The Comedy of Errors” this summer. “Given the coronavirus threat, the campus barring gatherings and the mandate of social distancing, there is no possible way to proceed,” explained festival director Eli Simon. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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