UCI News

Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2021
Grad walks, stage moments, no guests. Graduation 2021 is definitely not cutting it for many
Originally, both UCLA and UC Irvine said their events would host only graduates, no guests — a flash point for students and parents. … UCI shifted plans last week and announced it would allow students to bring two guests. Then, late Wednesday, the university told students they would be able to sign up for 15-minute slots for their stage moment during the week of June 13-17, prompting consternation that students would have to compete for a coveted Sunday window. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, May 5, 2021
Sole survivor from Orange mass shooting leaves hospital, mourns deaths of her children
The only survivor of a recent mass shooting in Orange was released from UCI Medical Center Wednesday, two bullets still lodged in her head, to heal at home and mourn the deaths of a son and daughter who were killed in the rampage. … Dr. Michael Lekawa, [chief of trauma care, UCI Health], who treated Tamayo, noted Wednesday that her wounds are difficult to survive. “This is a great outcome,” Lekawa said. “I think we can only expect to see more and more improvements as time goes on. I think she’s going to do very well.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

National Geographic, May 7, 2021
Too many parents are taking the blame for their kids’ pandemic life
“Children need school and friends. When kids’ needs aren’t being met, parents feel guilty—even when it’s not their fault,” says Jessie Borelli, an [associate professor of psychological science], at the University of California, Irvine. “And the reality is that many of our kids’ psychological needs aren’t being met right now.” And though it’s important for parents to foster children’s healthy development, too much fretting over tiny details can make parents feel like they’re always failing, explains Borelli, whose lab investigates the link between close relationships and health.

Science Friday, May 7, 2021
Arctic Wildfires Are Burning An Important Carbon Sink
California wildfires have made national headlines for the last several years, but important—and large—wildfires have also been burning in the forests above the U.S. Canadian border and near the Arctic circle. A group of researchers wanted to know how these fires affected the northern forests and how this impacted their ability to store carbon. Their results were recently published in the journal Nature Climate ChangeJonathan Wang, [UCI postdoctoral scholar, Earth system science], author on that study, discusses what this might mean for future climate change predictions.

Newsweek (Zenger News), May 6, 2021
Covid-era Education Tech Narrowed College Learning Gap for Poor, Minorities
And online education tends to work better for four-year college students than for trade school, community college or for-profit school students, according to a report co-authored by Di Xu, an [associate education] professor at University of California–Irvine. “The relative effectiveness of online learning varies substantially by college setting and by subgroups of students,” Xu said.

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