UCI News

Fortune, May 12, 2021
How a curious, well-informed army of children could propel the COVID vaccination campaign
While younger people typically don’t face the most devastating side effects of COVID, they could still carry the coronavirus and spread it to more vulnerable populations. And José Mayorga, a family physician and the executive director and executive medical director of UCI Family Health Centers, is betting that the kids will be a lot more woke about getting vaccinated than adults who may still be on the fence in underserved communities. In fact, he’s already seen it play out in real life.

The Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2021
China’s People Problem Swings From Too Many to a ‘Decline That Sees No End’
On Tuesday, China’s government said births dropped for a fourth consecutive year in 2020 and the overall rate of population growth slowed to a near halt, with the total number of people edging up to 1.41 billion. Nearly 20% of citizens are age 60 or over. Wang Feng, a sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine, expects China’s population to begin to fall within five years. “It’s going to be a decline that sees no end,” he said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

AP, May 13, 2021
Back to square one? Trump decision still weighs on Facebook
While many Americans might look to Facebook’s final decision as a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” on Trump, the approach the company takes could also affect its relationship with users around the world and their local and national political leaders, said David Kaye, a former United Nations special rapporteur on free speech. “What kind of platform does Facebook want to present to the world?” asked Kaye, now a law [clinical] professor at the University of California, Irvine.

Well+Good, May 13, 2021
Curiosity Is Key for Keeping Your Memory in Top Shape as You Age—Here Are 4 Exercises That Are Better Than Brain Games
Christine Gall, PhD, a neuroscientist and professor of anatomy and neurobiology at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine, explains that our brains contain specialized cells, or neurons, that are responsible for sending and receiving information. Much like a circuit board in a computer, our brains create networks of neurons that transmit electrical activity when we engage in just about anything. These charges, AKA synapses, are critical for learning and memory.

Broadway World, May 7, 2021
Jennifer Holliday, Mykal Kilgore and Anthony Roth Costanzo Featured in MasterVoices’ Final Chapter of MYTHS AND HYMNS
MasterVoices is presenting Faith, the fourth chapter of its central project for the 2020-2021 season: a four-part virtual rollout of award-winning composer Adam Guettel‘s theatrical song cycle, Myths and Hymns … on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30 PM ET on mastervoices.org and the ensemble’s YouTube channel.
There’s a Land
Theresa McCarthy, soloist
Miles Mykkanen, soloist
Emma Lou DeLaney, Milan Magaña, [UCI arts alumnus], Justine Rafael, and Katja Stoer, [UCI arts students], dancers
Andrew Palermo, director and choreographer, [UCI professor, arts-drama].

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