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The New York Times, March 18, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: What Is a College Education in the Time of Coronavirus?
Richard Arum, dean of the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine and Mitchell L. Stevens, associate professor of education at Stanford write, “As sociologists of higher education who live our professional lives in academia, we are both impressed and sobered by the implications of our sector’s response to the spread of the virus. … Countering the assumptions many make about a slow-moving academia, the entire sector turned on a dime. In doing so it served as a model of responsible civic action in our nation’s otherwise chaotic public sphere.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Mother Jones, March 19, 2020
These Are the Stories of Heartwarming Generosity and Community Support You Need to Read Right Now
Ann Marie Carlton, 46, is an associate professor of chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. She says she’s working on a model that could help predict the spread of the disease and trying to make her chemistry classes distance-learning friendly. … “I actually built a simplified model using Google Trends and air quality data, and I think that I’m able to predict the spread of disease in places where there’s no tests at all. And I want to work on that, but I feel my primary responsibility is to train the next generation of scientific leaders.”

Orange County Business Journal, March 16, 2020
AI Used in UCI Law School Courses
University of California, Irvine School of Law has begun to teach budding attorneys how artificial intelligence can help analyze outcomes of thorny tax cases. Professor Omri Marian told the Business Journal that software from Toronto-based Blue J Legal Inc. slashes the time needed to crunch numbers, an example of how common tasks, even in complex areas, can be automated. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2020
LAPD, Sheriff’s Department arrests drop amid coronavirus outbreak
Crime will likely decline as people change their routines, said UC Irvine criminology professor George Tita, who is part of an interdisciplinary working group that is studying the effect of coronavirus on crime trends in L.A. With residents working from home and avoiding restaurants, bars and gyms, there is less potential for street crime to occur. With so many people staying in their homes, burglaries and property crime could decline while spousal abuse incidents may increase, Tita said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

CALmatters, March 18, 2020
Where California stands with coronavirus testing right now
“Something that is missing from our knowledge of this virus is how many people are exposed to it,” said Philip Felgner, director of the vaccine research and development center at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. That data is key for understanding the breadth of the outbreak, and just how lethal it really is. … Here in California, Felgner at UC Irvine has teamed up with a company called SinoBiological to create tests that can hunt for antibodies to nine different infectious agents including other coronaviruses like ones that cause SARS and MERS, as well as viruses that lead to similar symptoms, like influenza.

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