UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, Oct. 12, 2020
OC colleges adapt, see students return
OC’s top research institution, which is nearing $1 billion raised for its $2 billion capital campaign, welcomed students back with the promise of “UCI Forward,” a commitment to the betterment and safety of the community as it moves ahead. Some 6,600 students (about 43% less than a normal year) were offered a first glimpse of UCI’s planning as they moved in this last month. After taking a COVID-19 test, students were asked to quarantine with their “ZotPod” for seven days. … Furthermore, all campus members were asked to sign the “Anteater Pledge,” …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Washington Post, Oct. 11, 2020
The news is driving you mad. And that’s why you can’t stop devouring it.
“The clear message of research from the last 20 years is that there is no psychological benefit to repeated exposure to bad news,” says Roxane Cohen Silver, a professor of psychological science, medicine and public health at the University of California, Irvine. … “I’m not in any way advocating people put their head in the sand or censorship,” Silver says. “I’m just saying, make news consumption a more conscious decision.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

NPR, Oct. 10, 2020 (Audio)
Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o says prison formed him as a writer
When the the Nobel Prize for Literature was announced this week, the hopes of many in Kenya were dashed — again — when author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o did not win. Thiong’o is the country’s most celebrated poet and playwright. Decades ago, he was jailed in Kenya for writing a play in Gĩkũyũ, his mother tongue, rather than in English. Thiong’o was forced to spend much of his life in exile, and today, he teaches at the University of California, Irvine and is the founding director of their International Center for Writing and Translation. His latest book, a novel in verse called The Perfect Nine, has just been published in the U.S. Thiong’o says his time in prison was a watershed in his life.

The Mercury News, Oct. 10, 2020
Coronavirus: With online learning improved, should Bay Area kids return to class?
“It varies district to district, but given the rapid turnaround to try to get on top of this, I think school districts and schools are doing a darn good job,” said Mark Warschauer, an education professor at the University of California, Irvine and director of its Online Learning Research Center. “That’s not to say everything is going swimmingly,” he said. “It’s probably going better than it was before for the older kids. For kindergarten, first grade, second grade, I think it’s still pretty hard. Many kids that age don’t have the patience to participate online for a long time.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, Oct. 11, 2020
For children living in motels, WiFi hot spots make school possible
But [Jennifer] Friend knows there are probably thousands of others who need technology or other help to stay in school. Education, she added, is a critical factor in breaking the cycle of homelessness that can perpetuate among many families over generations. Her own parents — a tech entrepreneur and a preschool teacher — made sure all four of their children graduated Huntington Beach High. Friend went on to UC Irvine, then to law school and, later, a partnership at a Santa Ana law office. She now works full-time for Project Hope Alliance. [Access the Orange County Register here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]