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Healthline, Nov. 28, 2021
States with High Vaccination Rates Can Still Experience COVID-19 Surges — Here’s Why
“There are probably a number of factors contributing to the current spike,” Karen Edwards, [professor and] chair of the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health, told Healthline. “Some of the most likely factors are that as the weather gets colder, more people are gathering indoors and in closer proximity to each other, which facilitates transmission between individuals. There may also be less adherence to mask wearing, good hygiene, and social distancing …”

Scientific American, Nov. 30, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: How Brains Seamlessly Switch Between Languages
One recent idea about improved cognitive functioning, which comes from work by researchers such as Judith Kroll, [Distinguished Professor of education], at the University of California, Irvine, is that social aspects of language switching—such as deciding when and how you switch—could help explain potential benefits.

The Orange County Register, Nov. 26, 2021
Irvine leaders approve $5.7 million deal to make UCI Health the Great Park’s top promoter
UCI Health will be the presenting sponsor of the Great Park, Irvine leaders have decided, approving a deal that will … include the medical center name on Great Park signs and logos, as well as provide other branding opportunities. … In a statement, UCI Health CEO Chad Lefteris said the health center “enthusiastically (looks) forward to promoting healthy activities and wellness initiatives at Great Park.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

BBC News, Nov. 24, 2021
What I learned eating at 8,000 Chinese restaurants
Before the recent boom, the event that put Chinese food into the American public consciousness can be traced to a presidential visit in 1972. The lavish banquet eaten by Richard Nixon with then-Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in Beijing was televised live across the US, and millions of Americans witnessed their president using chopsticks and sampling dishes of which few had ever heard. … Nixon’s visit “prepared for another stage in the development of Chinese food in the US”, said Yong Chen, a history professor at University of California, Irvine and author of Chop Suey, USA.

NHK World-Japan News, Nov. 24, 2021 (Video)
S.Korea ‘Squid Game’ Boom Sparks Surge in Nostalgia
When the South Korean survival drama “Squid Game” was released in September on Netflix, it quickly became its most popular series and a global phenomenon. In South Korea, the classic children’s games featured in the series have seen a revival in popularity while tourist locations are riding a wave of nostalgia. Kyung Hyun Kim, UCI professor of East Asian studies, comments on the international fascination with the series [Starts 2:30]

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