UCI News

Scientific American, April 1, 2021
How to Debunk Misinformation about COVID, Vaccines and Masks
In the midst of a raging pandemic, the importance of science communication is indisputable. … It matters how we respond in these moments. As Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall wrote in this magazine in 2019, the “social transmission of knowledge is at the heart of culture and science.”

The Washington Post, March 18, 2021
Adapting to post-pandemic life will require remembering covid-19
Adria L. Imada, UCI professor of history writes, “Yet the recent history of medical quarantine cautions that there will be no return to a pre-pandemic normal, no matter how fast and effective biomedical cures and vaccine rollouts are. That’s because, while stringent public health measures may ease, the stigma, loss and memory of suffering persist. We can learn from our individual and collective pandemic experiences, rather than leave them behind.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 17, 2021
Good Grades, Stressed Students
By conventional measures of student success, undergraduates at the University of California at Irvine are doing as well, if not slightly better, than last year. … As it happens, a team of researchers at the university has been studying how students learn and grow in college. … Led by Richard Arum, dean of the School of Education …. How is it possible that students are studying more …? … In short, Arum said, “it’s not that the faculty have grown soft, it’s that the students are working.” … “When you move to more engaging, participatory, interactive instructional strategies, student academic engagement goes up.”

Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2021
Essential California: Why the vaccine honor system matters
Unlike previous vaccination tiers that focused on certain jobs or age groups … disabled and high-risk Californians will be asked to self-attest to their eligibility, meaning they won’t be required to show documentation from a doctor. … Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, director of the medical ethics program at UC Irvine and a member of the vaccine task force in Orange County, told my colleagues that implementing stricter requirements like doctors’ notes would have overwhelmed medical offices and, more significantly, left large swaths of people out in the cold. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Irvine Weekly, March 16, 2021
UC Irvine professor says COVID-19 vaccines better than cure
Despite a lack of cure for COVID-19, Andrew Noymer, Associate Professor of Population Health and Disease Prevention Public Health at UC Irvine, says history indicates that vaccines have the potential to be more effective than a cure. Adding that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon.

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