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Orange County Register, May 11, 2020
UC Irvine receives $2.5 million donation for coronavirus testing, treatment and research

A $2.5 million gift from a Fountain Valley-based philanthropic foundation will help UC Irvine “save lives, accelerate testing and advance vaccine development” for the coronavirus, university officials say. The money from the John and Mary Tu Foundation will be split between funding new infectious disease research and helping pay for treatment, testing and medical supplies and services related to COVID-19, the disease the virus causes …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Business Journal, May 11, 2020
Tech Roundup

The rush to use Zoom to hold meetings and keep in touch with family led to a new term—Zoombombing by cyber-thugs seeking to disrupt the private sessions. UCI Tech Prep on its website offers tips on how to keep the unwanted intruders out, along with the rest of its cyber guide for dealing with a temporarily closed campus. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Public Books, May 12, 2020
Shanghai’s past, Hong Kong’s future

UCI Chancellor’s Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom and James Carter write, “Hong Kong and Shanghai are connected by more than just history: they have long competed for the crown of the China coast’s most worldly, wealthy, and cosmopolitan city (even during eras when racism and segregation limited the freedoms of many of their residents). And each one’s successes have been matched by the other’s downturns. … Therefore, the story of Hong Kong and Shanghai isn’t simply a defining story of the last two centuries of Chinese history. It is really the story of all world cities around the globe today: how they thrive and how they decline.

Governing, May 12, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: An Overlooked Resource for Rebuilding Local Economies: Angels

In my backyard, the University of California, Irvine has built out an impressive operation at the UCI Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It houses numerous angel investment activities, provides “wet labs” for biotech startups, and sponsors training for students and entrepreneurs in the skill sets they need to be successful in getting their idea from the founder’s brain to business profitability.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 8, 2020
Campus Protests Cost the Class of 1970 Its Commencement. Now Covid-19 Has Taken Away Its 50th Reunion.

The 1970 student protests were the culmination of years of frustration by students who pushed back against the era’s gender norms and advocated for racial equality. “It wasn’t just the war,” said David S. Meyer, a sociology professor at the University of California at Irvine who studies social movements. “There was a lot of sense that the institutions were failing.”

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