UCI News

National Geographic, Sept. 1, 2020
An extraordinary summer of crises for California’s farmworkers
During the 2018 Thomas Fires, which ripped across almost 500 square miles in the Santa Barbara area and caused unhealthy air quality for weeks, farmworkers stayed in the fields through the worst of the smoke … “They were rendered invisible,” says Michael Méndez, a sociologist at the University of California, Irvine, who wrote a recent study looking at how undocumented immigrants were ignored during that disaster. “But they shouldn’t have been—that community has been there for decades, doing critical work.”

The New York Times, Sept. 1, 2020
Ideal, perfect, ultimate: What drives parents to seek the unattainable?
“The idea of doing less is just not coded into high-achieving people’s sense of self.”  — Melissa Mazmanian, an associate professor of informatics and organization and management at the University of California, Irvine. … In Her Words spoke with Christine M. Beckman, a professor of public policy at the University of Southern California, and Mazmanian, an associate professor of informatics and organization and management at UC Irvine, [authors of “Dreams of the Overworked”.] [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

LAist, Sept. 1, 2020
Thousands of college students are moving into SoCal dorms. Can campuses curb the COVID risk?
UC Irvine is opening a portion of its dorms for the beginning of its quarter on October 1. But the Orange County campus is taking a more stringent approach to rules for students in its dorms. When students move in, they’ll have to show proof that they’ve taken a COVID-19 test within the prior seven days and that it came back negative. Once in their dorms, they’ll have to quarantine for seven days. “We’re calling it a Zot Pod,” named after UCI’s anteater mascot, said Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Edgar Dormitorio. “The goal here is to make sure that they are not mixing with other students, which would increase the spread of COVID.”

Albuquerque Journal, Sept. 2, 2020
PBS show by NM grad premieres next week
Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson work on some innovative projects. … On their own, each is impressive. Together, they have created the PBS animated series “Elinor Wonders Why,” …. Whiteson balanced his day job as a professor of physics at University of California, Irvine, with being a fellow of the American Physical Society, all while co-creating the series with Cham. … He … is an active researcher, using the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to search for exotic new particles. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

TODAY, Sept. 1, 2020
TODAY interview: Dad brings home baby born after mom killed by DUI driver
Doctors were able to save the couple’s daughter, Adalyn Rose, who was delivered after an emergency C-section on Aug. 11. … “It’s a miracle that she survived after what she went through,” James Alvarez, 36, told TODAY Parents. “Her entire medical team has been blown away by her strength.” On Monday, 3-week-old Adalyn was discharged from UCI Medical Center. For Alvarez, the milestone was bittersweet.

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