UCI News

CBS News, Oct. 9, 2020 (Video)
How ‘pet therapy’ boosts spirits during pandemic
At UCI Medical Center in Southern California, therapy dogs Dexter and Monet have an important mission – to bring smiles and comfort to healthcare workers. The dogs are part of the hospital’s volunteer pet therapy program visiting employees once a month. … Brian Cruz is an ICU nurse caring for critically ill COVID patients, he says the pressure of the crises has been tremendous. “This is natural happiness and joy from a creature to a creature and that will help me give that joy and happiness to my patients when I return to work.”

Marketplace, Oct. 9, 2020 (Audio)
Cost of child rearing in China hinders baby boom
“Almost five years since [one-child] policy ended, we have not seen the baby boom,” said Wang Feng, a sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine and Shanghai’s Fudan University. The high cost of raising children and housing prices are often cited as one of the key deterrents to young parents from having one more child. … If this trend continues that might mean not enough young taxpayers will fund pensions for the aging population. “If you compare China, with [its] neighbors, in terms of the per capita income … China is already getting old before it is rich,” sociology professor Wang said. [Starts 1:14]

Voice of OC, Oct. 9, 2020
Inaugural Viet Book Fest shares children’s books by Vietnamese authors and illustrators
The Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) is presenting its first-ever Viet Book Fest, from 3-4 p.m. every Saturday in October. … With the help of Anat Schwartz-Meron, a tech-savvy doctoral student at UC Irvine and a “Humanities Out There” fellows intern, the book festival was rescheduled for this month, and the timing couldn’t be better.

The Huffington Post, Oct. 9, 2020
New study casts doubt on the climate benefits of natural gas power plants
The increased reliance on gas plants “has slashed current emissions, but it has extended the runway, and the tradeoffs are negating each other,” said Steven Davis, an Earth systems scientist at the University of California, Irvine, who co-authored the study. “What this really shows is that we maybe shouldn’t be patting ourselves on the back too much for the retirement of old coal plants,” he added. “They were old, they were ready for retirement, and we’ve replaced them with a whole lot of very modern gas plants that are probably going to be with us for decades to come.”

IvenGlobal, Oct. 5, 2020
UC Irvine goes virtual on Animal Crossing: New Horizons with UCI Land
The University of California, Irvine has been praised as the best esports and gaming collegiate program in the United States, and its most recent venture is right in line with its reputation. UC Irvine has brought UCI Land to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The island, dubbed UCI Land, is a replica of the UC Irvine campus in southern California and has its own hashtag #AnteaterCrossing. The island was designed by UCI Esports Player Support Coordinator Hillary Phan, and highlights various parts of the campus ….

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