UCI News

KCET, May 8, 2020
What Are Southern California Colleges Planning for the Fall? Here’s a Quick Guide to What SoCal Connected Found
UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman said it is likely social distancing efforts will still be in place and the amount of activity will “depend on the state of testing and contact tracing later this summer.” Gillman said he will have more to say later this month. “Our goal is to have as many students back to the campus as possible, and as many in-person activities restarted, consistent with prevailing public health guidance,” Gillman said. “At this time, I believe it is extremely unlikely that we will be going back to the ‘old normal’ by the time the fall quarter starts, but we are doing all we can to begin the transition away from the remote routine we are currently experiencing.”

AP, May 10, 2020
Amid coronavirus news, many need to step away
Roxane Cohen Silver, Dana Rose Garfin and E. Alison Holman, researchers at the University of California at Irvine who have been studying the affect of prolonged media exposure to bad news following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, wrote an article for Health Psychology magazine in February — before coronavirus was even on the radar for many Americans — warning of this effect. People who watch too much can have nightmares, feelings of anxiety and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, Silver said.

Orange County Register, May 8, 2020
Coronavirus: Study finds lower-income Latinos hit hardest in Orange County
“We think this disease has proceeded in two phases, locally,” said Dr. Saahir Khan, an assistant clinical professor of infectious diseases at UCI who was among several authors who worked on the study. … But since social distancing has been in effect, over time, the people who are disadvantaged socioeconomically have been the group that has seen growth of the disease,” he added. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Salon, May 9, 2020
As colleges go remote, students revolt against the state of higher ed
UCI is involved in a project called The Next Generation Undergraduate Success Measurement Project, which is attempting to break down what exactly the college experience is. “We’re trying to measure student experiences, attitudes, and behaviors around ways that are able to document what value students receive from their college education. It’s not just growth in general and subject-specific areas, but also about the development of intellectual dispositions; identity formation; finding direction in life; developing civic engagement; and developing social networks,” the Dean of the School of Education at UC Irvine, Richard Arum, told Salon.

Spectrum News1, May 9, 2020 (Video)
UCI Researchers Create Tech That Could Help with COVID-19 Contact Tracing
A software engineer at UC Irvine has helped develop the foundation for something that could eventually help with that contact tracing. And all it takes is using the camera to scan a QR code. And it will take you to site called “TrackCOVID.”  It took a whole lot of coding to create it. Tyler Yasaka started the process using a skill he already has: software engineering. And he has developed a cell phone based app that might one day help him in his next career. “I want to become a medical doctor,” he said.

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