The New York Times, May 6, 2021
‘Turning the Corner’: U.S. Covid Outlook Reaches Most Hopeful Point Yet
For the moment, though, epidemiologists are uncharacteristically optimistic. “We’re in a really good spell and we can act accordingly,” said Andrew Noymer, an [associate professor and] epidemiologist at the University of California, Irvine, who said it made sense to loosen restrictions now, when the risk is lower than it might be this winter. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]
KCBS, May 5, 2021 (Video)
Blanca Tamayo, Survivor Of Mass Shooting At Orange Office Building, Released From Hospital
Blanca Tamayo was released from the hospital Wednesday, more than a month after a deadly rampage at a business complex in Orange. … On Wednesday, exactly five weeks after Tamayo was rushed to UCI Medical Center after suffering a gunshot wound to the head, she left wearing a shirt that had a photo of Matthew and a helmet to protect her skull. … “Anytime you have a trauma, a penetrating trauma, normally things there can have a very poor outcome,” Dr. Michael Lekawa, [chief of trauma care, UCI Health], said. “So I think this is definitely a better outcome than you will often or usually see.”
Knowable Magazine, May 5, 2021 (Interview)
Emotions get better with age
For the past 20 years, Susan Turk Charles, a professor of psychological science at the University of California, Irvine, has been monitoring the shifting moods, the sense of satisfaction, the moments of contemplation and the occasional outbursts of anger, sadness and despair of people of all ages — with a special interest in how we handle and experience emotions as we grow older. She and her colleagues have found that, on average, older people have fewer but more satisfying social contacts and report higher emotional well-being.
KPCC, May 3, 2021 (Audio)
Can We Ever Reach ‘Herd Immunity’?
For the first time in long time no COVID-19 deaths were reported in the daily public health update. That was Sunday. Now, it could just be a reporting lag from the weekend, but it feels good to see that zero there – like we are officially turning the corner on this pandemic. Yet, demand for vaccinations is dwindling. So …where does that leave us? Guest: Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology & infection prevention at the University of California, Irvine.
NBC News, April 30, 2021
Venture capitalists spar over Biden plan to raise their taxes
Any new Biden-supported tax bill could conceivably pass the Senate this year under an expedited process known as budget reconciliation, which circumvents the filibuster and would not require any Republican votes. Omri Marian, a tax law professor at the University of California, Irvine, said the political hurdles remain very real. He also said he didn’t buy claims that venture capital and other types of investment would slow if Biden’s new tax plan were to be enacted. “These people are not going to stop being entrepreneurs just because they’re going to keep less of their profit,” Marian said.
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