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BBC – Future, May 12, 2020
How the news changes the way we think and behave

Alison Holman was working on a fairly ordinary study of mental health across the United States. Then tragedy struck. On 15 April 2013, as hundreds of runners streaked past the finish line at the annual Boston Marathon, two bombs exploded ….  And so it happened that Holman and colleagues from the University of California, Irvine, found themselves in the midst of a national crisis, sitting on data about the mental wellbeing of nearly 5,000 people just before it happened. They decided to find out if that had changed in the weeks afterwards. … “It was a big ‘aha’ moment for us,” says Holman. “I think people really strongly, deeply underestimate the impact the news can have.”

Inside Higher Ed, May 13, 2020
Live Updates: Latest News on Coronavirus and Higher Education

Students are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in an “appropriate, altruistic and community-focused way,” but they remain concerned about how the crisis will affect their education, according to a new pair of surveys of roughly 750 undergraduates from the University of California, Irvine. Richard Arum, dean of Irvine’s School of Education and principal investigator of the Next Generation Undergraduate Success Measurement Project, of which the study is a part, told the campus news office, … ” The results are “informing how the entire university serves undergraduates, as we work to maintain high-quality learning experiences and promote mental and physical well-being.”

EdSource, May 12, 2020
First in nation, California State University to close campuses for in-person instruction this fall

UC Irvine is preparing for a hybrid situation, with a mixture of online and in-person classes and attempts to house as many students in dorms as safely possible, according to its chancellor Howard Gillman. “Most classes will be offered remotely, either as the only option or a complement to in-person instruction. We are doing everything possible to prepare classrooms for in-person instruction, but it’s too early to determine which courses will be ready for traditional on-site learning,” Gillman said in an announcement. It is likely that small graduate seminars, and undergraduate lab and studio classes will be face-to-face and that large lecture courses may be more often online, he said.

Orange County Register, May 8 2020
New partnership will give nursing home staff extra training to prevent coronavirus spread

CalOptima, which provides health insurance to Orange County’s low-income residents, announced on Friday, May 8, it is working with UC Irvine and the county Health Care Agency to provide intensive training on infection control to staff at 12 nursing homes. … Dr. Susan Huang, who teaches about infectious diseases at UC Irvine, is working with researchers and clinicians to develop the tools and training, and will measure their effectiveness with diagnostic and antibody testing. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]


SSRC, May 1, 2020
A Time Capsule for Future Social Researchers: Bill Maurer

In this installment, Professor Bill Maurer (director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion and Dean of the School of Social Sciences, UC Irvine) discusses how the Covid-19 pandemic has changed perceptions of value, pushing society to rethink how currency is exchanged—cash passing through hands or contactless payments—in an interview with SSRC Anxieties of Democracy program officer Jonathan Hack.

Previously “In the News”