UCI News

The New York Times, Nov. 24, 2020
Trump Stress-Tested the Election System, and the Cracks Showed
Shawn Rosenberg, a professor of political and psychological science at the University of California, Irvine … said Mr. Trump has been highly effective at exploiting the gap between the complexity of the country’s political system and the more rudimentary grasp most voters have of their government. For the average partisan, he said, issues of political norms and procedures were “very abstract” and far less important than simply winning — an impulse Mr. Trump stoked to the detriment of democratic institutions.

Inside Science, Nov. 25, 2020
The Science of Doomscrolling
Studies have linked poor mental health to news exposure during negative and traumatic events such as terrorist attacks or natural disasters …. “We’ve had so much news from COVID-19 and the economic breakdown to the reckoning with racial injustice combined with hurricanes and firestorms,” said Roxane Cohen Silver, a research psychologist at the University of California, Irvine. “It’s clear the stress of the election has added to all this.”

Bloomberg City Lab, Nov. 24, 2020
Where the Teens Are Hanging Out in Quarantine
For some teens, especially in urban areas or low-income families, private hangout spaces were hard to find even before the pandemic, and digital spaces were long considered a place of refuge. “Teens were under surveillance all the time and didn’t have options other than the digital and mobile space to have private communication in the home,” says Mimi Ito, director of the Connected Learning Lab at the University of California, Irvine, and co-founder of the nonprofit Connected Camps. … Research at the Connected Learning Lab (CLL) … has taken on an additional weight as digital hangouts have become the only hangouts for many.

KPCC, Nov. 24, 2020 (Audio)
With The UC App Deadline Coming Up, We Check In On What Students Need To Know
With the 2021 Fall application coming for UCs on November 30, many college seniors will be spending their Thanksgiving break filling out their college applications and frantically writing essays. And in a year when so much has been disrupted and so many kids have spent their time at home, it might be challenging to figure out what to put in a college essay or how to make it stand out. … Guests: Dale Leaman, Executive Director of the Office of Undergraduate Admission at University of California, Irvine ….

Orange County Business Journal, Nov. 23, 2020
UCI Tracks Second Surge
Now, as the nation faces rising case rates, the county—which is currently seeing average new daily cases in the 500 range—could be in store for a second coronavirus surge worse than the one seen over the summer, notes Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of the new public health school at the University of California, Irvine. … “We cannot afford to let our guard down months away from vaccination. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Boden-Albala said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Previously “In the News”