UCI News

Daily Pilot, Oct. 28, 2021
UC Irvine brings ‘Squid Game’ to its campus
The grounds of UC Irvine’s Humanities Gateway building Tuesday became a gathering place for students, faculty and staff, desperate and vying — not for billions in Korean won, but for a pack of Samyang ramen. Students were spread across the green, playing marbles or ddakji, a South Korean game played using folded paper tiles featured at the start of “Squid Game.” … The event Tuesday drew on the show’s popularity, according to Jerry Won Lee, the event organizer and director of UCI’s Program in Global Languages and Communication. Around 300 to 400 people are estimated to have stopped by to play a few of the games and attend a talk on the show provided by Kyung Hyun Kim, a UCI professor of east Asian languages and literature. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Spectrum News 1, Oct. 28, 2021
Exhibits exploring WWII and the Holocaust to show at UCI
A traveling exhibit covering the American perspective of the Holocaust will come to the University of California, Irvine in February. It will coincide with a second exhibit, “Snapshots of Orange County,” which shows the history of the county during World War II. The exhibit “Americans and the Holocaust: A Traveling Exhibition,” will be shown at the Langson Library at UCI until March 9. … UCI was selected as one of 50 U.S. libraries to host the exhibit ….

The Press-Enterprise, Oct. 27, 2021
This Halloween, is it safe to trick or treat in the Inland Empire?
“It’s really a no-brainer,” said Andrew Noymer, associate professor [of population health and disease prevention] and epidemiologist at UC Irvine. “Kids are in school. They are interacting with each other every day. Why shouldn’t they go out trick-or-treating? There is no real compelling reason to keep them at home. … I’m sure a lot of the kids don’t want to hear this, and maybe a lot of the parents don’t want to hear this,” Noymer said, before suggesting that everyone — from costumed children to parents to neighbors passing out candy — put on a mask. “I don’t mean a Halloween mask,” he said. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Business Insider, Oct. 28, 2021
Confused about whether to get a booster? Health experts share what they’re telling friends and family
Bernadette Boden-Albala, director [and founding dean] of the public-health program at the University of California, Irvine, said she’s giving out the same recommendations as the CDC. She underscored the need for pregnant people to consider boosters, since the risk of dying from COVID-19 is nearly twice as high for pregnant women as for nonpregnant women. “The rates of death among women who ended up with COVID who were pregnant are just really scary,” Boden-Albala said. “My daughter was pregnant pre-vaccine and it’s a scary, scary thing.”

Motley Fool, Sept. 29, 2021 (Ask the experts)
Best Online Stock Brokers for Beginners for November 2021Christopher Schwarz, Ph.D., UCI associate professor of finance [and] Faculty Director, CIWM writes, “To start investing, you really don’t need to know much about the stock market. You can simply open a brokerage account, buy a total stock market or S&P 500 ETF commission free, and be patient. It’s the same philosophy as if you were investing through a company sponsored 401k. In fact, I would encourage everyone to start investing as soon as possible.”

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