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NPR – Morning Edition, May 25, 2021 (Audio)
As Life Begins To Return To Normal, Psychologists Say Expect Anxiety
Uncertainty … drives up our anxiety, especially since most people have already spent the past year feeling anxious, says psychologist Dana Garfin, [assistant adjunct professor of nursing], of the University of California, Irvine. “The pandemic really shattered people’s assumptions of their safety, their security, what their lives were going to be like.”

National Geographic, May 25, 2021
In California, extreme heat and ozone pollution hit poor communities hardest
“Some of the associations [of extreme heat and ozone pollution] are hidden unless you look at the very local scale,” says Jun Wu, [associate professor of public health], an atmospheric chemist at the University of California, Irvine. She points to historical influences, like the decisions to site freeways through communities of color, which contribute to the extra burden of heat and pollution for some heavily affected areas today. But the risks will also persist and perhaps expand in the future because of climate change.

EdSource, May 25, 2021
California education news: What’s the latest?
The University of California Irvine will begin offering a Spanish Bilingual Authorization Program this summer to help meet the state’s increasing need for K-12 bilingual teachers. The demand for bilingual teachers has increased recently as dual language immersion programs have grown in popularity.

Reuters, May 21, 2021
California to lift most COVID-19 limits, freeing up businesses
Epidemiologist Andrew Noymer, an [associate] professor of disease prevention at the University of California, Irvine, agreed. He likened social distancing, capacity restrictions, masks and other precautions to “wearing a raincoat when it’s raining.” “Well it’s not raining right now, the numbers are incredibly low, so you can take off the rain coat,” Noymer told Reuters. It’s as simple as that.”

WRAL.com, May 26, 2021
Fact check: DeSantis misleads about crime, police funding
A proper evaluation of budget changes and their impact on crime should control for multiple factors that influence criminal activity, said Charis E. Kubrin, a [professor and] criminologist at the University of California, Irvine. Those factors include poverty, joblessness, drugs, gangs, guns, housing insecurity and demographic shifts, she said.

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