Conde Nast Traveler, May 27, 2021
Is It Safe to Travel Abroad to Visit Family Right Now?
“Travelers just need to know that there’s some possibility that the situation could change and they may have to alter their plans,” says Karen Edwards, professor and chair of the epidemiology department at the University of California Irvine. “We’ve all learned to be a bit more flexible these days. … If you’re really nervous, I would probably hold off on international travel unless it’s a really low-risk country.”
NPR, May 28, 2021
Homebuyers Squeezed As Western States See Prices Double Or More In Last Decade
It’s an almost cliché headline in the West right now: pandemic buyers fleeing West Coast cities for the roomy interior. If this trend sticks, Ed Coulson, [real estate professor], an economist at the University of California, Irvine, doesn’t expect much of a correction in the housing market in the next year. “It’s going to be interesting to see whether or not the changing preferences that we seem to have observed during the pandemic are permanent changes,” says Coulson, director of the university’s Center for Real Estate.
MarketWatch, May 27, 2021
How to fight off boredom in retirement
As we age, our already limited attention span shrinks even more. So it takes extra discipline for seniors to stay curious. … Craig Stark, [professor of neurobiology and behavior], a memory researcher at University of California, Irvine, urges people who want to stay mentally sharp to “feed your brain novel information.” Curiosity can provide the impetus to gather that new information.
DW, May 27, 2021
Hong Kong passes new electoral law reducing voting rights
Hong Kong voters will now only be allowed to directly elect 20 legislators, which is less than a quarter of the total seats in the council. “Until recently, there were political campaigns that different kinds of candidates could run, and legislative sessions in which there was spirited debate between opposing sides,” Jeff Wasserstrom, [UCI Chancellor’s Professor], a historian of modern China told DW in March. “Recent moves inside Hong Kong and now in Beijing have been designed to minimize the space for that sort of political activity,” he added.
MSN Money (Bloomberg), May 27, 2021
Google Women Suing Over Gender Bias Win Class-Action Status
The women leading the Google suit said in a July court filing that the company paid female employees approximately $16,794 less per year than “the similarly-situated man,” citing an analysis by David Neumark, [Distinguished Professor], an economist at University of California at Irvine. “Google paid women less base salary, smaller bonuses, and less stock than men in the same job code and location,” they said.
Previously “In the News”