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The New York Times, March 30, 2021
The Black Woman Artist Who Crafted a Life She Was Told She Couldn’t Have
[Augusta] Savage did not accept the rejection quietly. “She used the Black press to make the limits that she was facing known to the larger national and international public,” Bridget R. Cooks, an associate professor [of art history and African American studies] at University of California, Irvine, said, “She had a real determination and sense of her own talent and a refusal to be denied.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Medscape, March 29, 2021
‘Like a War Zone’: One Nephrologist’s COVID-19 Experience
This past January, cases of COVID-19 spiked in Orange County, California, leaving hospitals scrambling to obtain enough continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) and dialysis machines. …To their credit, hospital administrators had anticipated the second surge, and within days, they had installed an outdoor tent-based mobile field hospital in the parking area, converted some medical wards in the main hospital into critical care units, and transformed ambulatory clinics into medical wards said Kam Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, MPH, chief of nephrology at UCI Medical Center, Orange, California. Medscape spoke with Kalantar-Zadeh about his experience. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

DNYUZ (Quartz), March 30, 2021
Kenya’s Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is recognized for passionately writing in his mother tongue
The longlist for this year’s International Booker Prize is the first in the award’s 16-year history to feature a translation by a book’s own author. The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gikuyu and Mumbi was translated by 83-year-old author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o into English from Gikuyu, a language spoken by just over 6 million Kenyans. He is also the first nominee for a work originally written in an indigenous African language. … Thiong’o is currently based in California, and is the co-founder of the International Center for Writing and Translation [and distinguished professor] at the University of California, Irvine.

The Cut, March 29, 2021
The Therapy-App Fantasy An overwhelming demand for counseling has spawned slickly marketed companies promising a service they cannot possibly provide.
Stephen Schueller is a clinical psychologist and an associate professor of psychological sciences and informatics at UC Irvine, where he studies digital interventions in mental health. … “They’re not good replacements for therapists yet,” said Schueller of today’s therapy chatbots. … We need to think about how we use technologies to make the work of people more efficient, wider-reaching — both geographically and culturally. But I think we see humans need to be involved for the most benefit.”

Wallet Hub, March 30, 2021
Personal Loans
Patricia Wellmeyer, UCI clinical assistant professor of accounting, school of business wrote, “I think the biggest concern to personal loans from the impacts of COVID-19 is in Americans’ ability to make personal loan repayments during this time …. Having said this, many Americans are being given COVID-19 related repayment accommodations by lenders so that delinquency rates have actually stated steady or even fallen in some states in 2020. States hardest hit by COVID-19 infection rates (such as Washington) are those that have reported the highest personal loan hardship rates according to the TransUnion study.”

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