UCI News

Orange County Register, March 1, 2021
New COVID-19 vaccine type is on the way, but may not mean people can pick their shot
Vaccine “shopping” among the soon-to-be inoculated is sure to happen, but “there’s the potential of really gumming up the works if people walk out of Disneyland (and Orange County mass vaccination site) because they didn’t get the vaccine they wanted,” said Andrew Noymer, epidemiologist and population health scientist at UC Irvine. “The public health message is, take the first available vaccine that’s offered to you,” he said. … “What we need to do is vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, using all the swords in the scabbard and arrows in the quiver,” he said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Consumer Reports, March 2, 2021
Mental Health Apps Aren’t All As Private As You May Think
“There is lots of evidence collected over the past two decades that shows that digitally delivered mental health interventions are effective and can treat a host of different aspects of mental health issues,” says Stephen Schueller, PhD, an associate professor of psychological science at the University of California, Irvine, and executive director of One Mind PsyberGuide, a service that reviews digital mental health services. The problem, he says, is that the vast majority of apps haven’t been tested in a scientifically rigorous way.

Self, Feb. 26, 2021
The Pandemic Anniversary Is Coming. Here’s How to Cope
Another potential trigger? Retrospective news coverage about the pandemic’s one-year anniversary in the United States might also draw your focus to the stressful circumstances people in this country have faced, Dana Rose Garfin, Ph.D., health psychologist and [assistant adjunct professor] at the Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing, University of California, Irvine, tells SELF. … If you know you tense up reading about daily COVID-19 cases or hearing friends vent about non-maskers, Dr. Garfin suggests you limit time spent on social media platforms and news sites.

Orange Coast Magazine, March 1, 2021
March O.C. Events: Classical and Jazz Concerts, Festivals, and More
Through March 20
For this exhibit, artists Dennis Delgado, Alicia Henry, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Titus Kaphar, Whitfield Lovell, and Lava Thomas created unexpected and unconventional depictions of Black subjects through drawings, performance art, prints, sculptures, and digital art that challenge traditional methods of portraiture. All of the works will be available for viewing through a virtual tour, and all related performances and lectures will be prerecorded and shared through the college’s website. Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine, 949-824-2787.

Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2021
Jenn Harris is named L.A. Times Food columnist
We are delighted… no… we are elated to announce that Jenn Harris is our newest Food columnist. … She has introduced our readers to myriad food phenomena, including the $500 milkshake. … She’s surfed the crowds at Coachella to report on gifting suites and fancy food pop-ups and toured bakeries with Martha Stewart. … A lifelong Angeleno, Harris has a bachelor’s degree in literary journalism from UC Irvine and a master’s in online journalism from USC. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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