UCI News

Inverse, March 17, 2020
How to keep up with coronavirus news without losing your mind
Roxane Silver, a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, has spent decades studying collective traumas like mass violence, natural disasters, and disease outbreaks like coronavirus. She tells Inverse …. there is value in taking a break from anxiety-producing content, Silver says. It’s okay to press pause on the steady flow of news and check in on your health, all the while staying in the know. … “I’m not at all endorsing denial or putting one’s head in the sand,” Silver says. “I’m suggesting that people be thoughtful, careful and proactive in their seeking of new information.”

The New York Times, March 18, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: No Stimulus Without Election Protection
Richard Hasen, [Chancellor’s Professor] an election law expert at the University of California, Irvine, put it well in a message to me on Tuesday: “Election bills are notoriously hard to get through Congress. And we don’t know when Congress will be able to meet again. The only way a congressionally mandated expansion of [voting access] for November’s elections is going to pass is if it is folded into one of the existing coronavirus bills needed to keep this country going during the crisis.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Washington Post, March 18, 2020
Greenland lost a near-record 600 billion tons of ice last summer, raising sea levels
“We knew this past summer had been particularly warm in Greenland, melting every corner of the ice sheet, but the numbers are enormous,” said lead author Isabella Velicogna, an Earth system science professor at the University of California at Irvine and a senior scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in a news release. The mass loss from Greenland alone was enough to raise global sea levels by 2.2 millimeters, the study found. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Campus Technology, March 17, 2020
UC Irvine Launches Online Learning Research Center
The University of California, Irvine School of Education has created a new research center … “The Online Learning Research Center is designed by leading experts in online learning and is firmly based on research evidence on how to improve online learning for diverse students,” said Richard Arum, dean and professor of the UCI School of Education. “We hope this center can prove beneficial to universities across the world as we all confront the challenges presented by the coronavirus – we must be deliberate in setting up online learning environments so to avoid exacerbating the gaps in learning outcomes.”

The Seattle Times, March 16, 2020
The coronavirus is forcing many colleges to go online only. But will it work for everyone?
A 2018 study — this time conducted at California community colleges — showed disadvantaged students were most likely to flounder in online courses, said Di Xu, an associate professor at University of California Irvine’s School of Education and a co-author of the original Columbia study. “Younger students, male students, minority groups, and academically underprepared students tend to struggle more in an online setting,” she said. … “Self-motivation is really critical to success,” Xu said. “If you don’t have those skills, you struggle.”

Previously “In the News”