UCI News

Vox, Sept. 18, 2020
Joe Biden’s latest pandemic plan: At least $3,000 in cash to parents for every child
Programs that give families cash, according to UC Irvine economist Greg Duncan, result in better learning outcomes and higher earnings for their kids. One study found a $3,000 annual income increase for poor parents is associated with 19 percent higher earnings for their child once he or she grows up. That implies that a child allowance of that size could dramatically improve the lives of children decades later.

CNN, Sept. 20, 2020
Most of the US is headed in the wrong direction again with Covid-19 cases as deaths near 200,000
Study find more links between pandemic and mental health. As Covid-19 intensified in the US, so did levels of stress and depression, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances. The [UCI] study of more than 6,500 people found that several factors may have worsened people’s stress. The biggest risk for symptoms of depression was a pre-existing mental health diagnosis prior the pandemic, researchers found.

EdSurge, Sept. 16, 2020
What should recess — and play — look like in a socially distanced world?
“We know that one of the key purposes of play is socialization,” says Katie Salen, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, who studies game design and learning. By around 3-years-old, kids begin to play productively with one another and engage in peer-based play, which helps kids learn how to make friends and interact with other people. “Once they enter pre-adolescence, it’s very peer-based,” she explains. “The play and experimentation is very much rooted in the peer group and issues of exploring identity and friendship and belonging.”

KPCC, Sept. 18, 2020 (Audio)
COVID-19: Are you ready for a wider reopening?
In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Shruti Gohil, M.D., professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine.

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FiveThirtyEight, Sept. 18, 2020
How Asian Americans are thinking about the 2020 election
But it’s unclear how strong some of these trends are, according to Linda Vo, a professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. … And much of this comes down to age, which was a possible cleavage among Asian American voters in the Democratic primary.  “[T]here is a definite generational divide,” Vo said. “That younger generation tends to be for the Democratic Party and tends to have more progressive politics.” She did say the politics of Vietnamese Americans were changing, but slowly.

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