UCI News

The Atlantic, May 5, 2020
An Act of Love and Desperation
Erika Hayasaki, associate professor in the Literary Journalism Program at UCI writes, “Chloe Le got a mild case of COVID-19. Her husband, Ted, ended up in the ICU. Chloe spent weeks in a race against a bottlenecked system, trying to donate her plasma to Ted and hopefully save his life.”

Huffington Post, May 6, 2020
It’s Time To End Election Night In America

A team of election law, media and technology experts led by University of California, Irvine, professor Rick Hasen, the author of “Election Meltdown,” released a list of recommendations related to this very problem last week. Barring a complete delay in reporting vote totals until all ballots are prepared to be counted, as in the case of Wisconsin, the experts recommended that the media prepare viewers and readers for the reality that a winner will not be declared on election night and avoid amplifying any false accusations of fraud from the president or any other politician.

Orange County Business Journal, May 4, 2020
COVID-19: First The Coast, Now Inland

“Coronavirus is not an equitable disease,” said Bernadette Boden-Albala, the newly appointed dean of the future public health school at the University of California, Irvine (see related story, page 1). Data provided by UCI suggest the two coastal cities had greater access to testing initially, with a positive correlation between test and case numbers, according to Daniel Parker, an assistant professor of public health at UCI. … Another theory as to why these cities saw early increases is because of the heavy travel for much of the population, for both business and leisure, with “many having ties overseas,” notes Parker. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Spectrum News1, May 1, 2020
Numbers Expert Says California Should Reopen Economy Slowly or Else “Dam Will Burst”

“We need to start reopening. If not, the dam will eventually burst, and people will reopen the economy as quickly as it was slammed shut.” Andrew Noymer, Associate Professor of Population Health and Disease Prevention at the University of California, Irvine, is making his case on Twitter for why California should reopen soon. Noymer has been tracking the number of novel coronavirus cases and fatalities in the U.S. He was initially “apprehensive” about reopening California since cases of novel coronavirus in the state continue to rise, but now Noymer says California should open “Slowly. Gradually. Smartly.”

Vogue, May 5, 2020
Six Centuries Later, The Decameron Is Suddenly the Book of the Moment

Last week, to gain better insight into the book, I joined 78 other people for a Facebook Live presentation sponsored by The National Humanities Center. Jane O. Newman, professor of comparative literature at the University of California at Irvine, provided the historical context for the book and after her talk, took questions from the other participants. … ( If you want to know more about The Decameron, you can watch her talk here, .…)

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