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The Washington Post, May 26, 2022
Mass violence takes toll on Americans’ psyches
“People are emotionally exhausted,” said Roxane Cohen Silver, a University of California, Irvine, Distinguished Professor of psychological science, medicine, and public health, who has studied trauma for decades. “We cannot see any one of these events in isolation. We are seeing a cascade of collective traumas. … I don’t think that many people could have conceived of this degree of loss. … We are not only seeing or hearing the news of these tragedies, but we are seeing that in graphic color,” she said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

HuffPost, May 25, 2022
How To Cope With The Latest School Shooting If You’re A Parent
Mass shootings in schools — a place where children deserve to feel safe and protected — are bound to trigger a wide range of emotions in parents. “Violent tragedies such as this can evoke a mix of feelings of helplessness, horror, rage, anxiety, guilt and regret in parents as they watch an atrocity happen right in front of them and feel powerless to take steps to prevent it from happening in their own community,” said Jessie Borelli, an associate professor in the department of psychological science at University of California, Irvine.

The New York Times, May 23, 2022
Early Voting Surges as Georgia Watches for Impact of Election Law
“Just because turnout is up doesn’t mean that voters face no hurdles,” said Richard L. Hasen, a law [Chancellor’s] Professor at the University of California, Irvine. “It could well mean that voters overcame those hurdles, and that means that time and money were put into efforts to assure that voters could overcome those hurdles. And that seems unjustified if those hurdles serve no important anti-fraud or other purpose.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

Well + Good, May 26, 2022
‘I’m an Epidemiologist, and This Is What It Means When COVID Cases Are Up—But Deaths Remain Low’
Still, Omicron BA.2 is a highly-contagious offshoot of Omicron that’s now considered the predominant COVID-19 variant. “While we’re still learning more about the variant, studies have shown that it is more transmissible than other forms of COVID-19,”  Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, director and founding dean at the University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health, previously told Well+Good.

FiveThirtyEight, May 25, 2022
For The First Time In Years, Democrats Are More Concerned About Abortion Than Republicans Are
Michael Tesler, UCI political science professor writes, “The reality that Roe might be overturned has also shifted how Americans prioritize abortion as an issue. For decades, those who opposed abortion rights (generally speaking, Republicans) rated the issue as more important than those who supported abortion rights (generally speaking, Democrats), but as the chart below shows, the two parties’ priorities swapped after Texas’s abortion ban went into effect, which I first wrote about in October. In fact, the divide between Democrats and Republicans on the importance of abortion as an issue has only gotten wider, especially after the draft Supreme Court opinion was leaked in May.”

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