UCI News

Orange County Register, Oct. 2, 2020
Students return to classes at UCI, but campus is virtually empty
Thousands of students started classes at UC Irvine this week, but the campus was nearly empty. Student housing is at 43% capacity, or about 6,600 students, and most classes are being conducted online because of coronavirus restrictions. The fall quarter will be almost entirely online with just a few undergraduate classes in-person, said UCI spokeswoman Sheri Ledbetter. Freshman Jenifer Peiris said … she felt lucky to be in the dorms. “Being here and being able to study, that’s my real goal,” she said, adding that she felt safer at school than being at home with family. [Access the Orange County Register here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Orange County Business Journal, Oct. 5, 2020
Michael Dennin: Driver of UCI success
Michael Dennin has always enjoyed a good experiment. The physics professor and vice provost for the University of California, Irvine has trialed and implemented numerous innovations on the campus, ranging from breaking down the science of superheroes to launching a first-generation engagement program across the campus. For these efforts and many more, Dennin earned an Innovator of the Year award at the Business Journal’s annual event …. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, Oct. 4, 2020
How to cover a sick old man
“It will help if reporters are medically knowledgeable, and ask the right questions, e.g. blood pressure, heart rhythm, sleep disorders,” Dr. Mark Fisher, a professor of neurology and political science at the University of California, Irvine, told me on Sunday. “The more specific and precise questions reporters ask, the better. A robust fund of knowledge by the reporter is a great advantage.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

The Washington Post, Oct. 4, 2020
AP Explains: What happens if a candidate for president dies?
Can political parties replace a candidate who dies? Yes, but not this close to Election Day. … “It would be impossible to change ballots at this time without delaying the election and starting the voting process over again,” said Richard Hasen, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. “I don’t think Congress is going to do that.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

KCBS Radio, Oct. 1, 2020 (Audio)
Can the public handle the truth about Covid?
During a time of crisis, should leaders deliver the bad news straight – or could that cause a panic? One UC Irvine professor just weighed in on Capitol Hill. … UCI Professor Roxane Cohen Silver says decades of research shows “people do not panic when they receive authoritative information that is delivered by a trusted source.” … Professor Cohen Silver who studies the psychological toll that disasters take on the public was asked for guidance by Congressman Sean Casten of Illinois during a House subcommittee meeting that took place earlier this week. … Her advice — hiding the truth to even avoid panic is unwise.