UCI News

Daily Pilot, Sept. 20, 2021 (OpEd)
Commentary: Why bother to get vaccinated?
Dr. Michael J. Stamos, dean of the UC Irvine School of Medicine writes, “We all want this pandemic to end. The best way to achieve this is for 75 to 85 percent of the population to be vaccinated. If we don’t achieve this level of vaccination the virus will evolve and continue to spread. …  The vaccine is safe, effective and officially approved. … With a highly contagious disease, our actions affect those around us. We must encourage everyone to be fully vaccinated to protect ourselves, our friends, our loved ones and our society.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Popular Science, Sept. 20, 2021
The Brilliant 10: The most innovative up-and-coming minds in science
To Stacy Branham, [ICS assistant professor], people with disabilities are the original life hackers—and that’s a bad thing. The University of California, Irvine computer scientist doesn’t think anyone should have to be a MacGyver just to get through life. Branham takes off-the-shelf technologies, like virtual assistants, and puts them together in novel ways to address the needs of under-served communities.

Mashable, Sept. 21, 2021
How to beat the next pandemic? Start educating kids now.
“A more scientifically literate citizen is the goal,” said Kelley Le, a former high school science teacher who now directs the UCI Science Project, an educational research group that supports teachers in effectively teaching the sciences. … “It’s got to be cognitively demanding,” said [Doron] Zinger, who directs the [UCI] CalTeach program, which prepares college students to teach the sciences. Memorizing things to pass required tests doesn’t cut it, he said. … There should be opportunities for students to understand why something is important, explained UC Irvine’s Le.

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 21, 2021
Self-defense classes help Asian senior citizens fight racist attacks
Elderly Asian immigrants who are assaulted are often reluctant to speak out, said Linda Vo, a professor of Asian American studies at the University of California, Irvine. … But the rise in anti-Asian attacks has mobilized many Asian Americans and encouraged them to share their experiences, according to Judy Wu, [Chancellor’s Fellow, Director of the Humanities Center and], a professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Tech & Learning, Sept. 21, 2021
5 Edtech Research Trends & Needs For The Future
The Jacobs Foundation recently awarded a five-year, nearly $11 million grant to the University of California, Irvine to create a collaborative network of educators and researchers to help design digital technologies for children. The Connecting the EdTech Research EcoSystem (CERES) will be headed by Candice Odgers, UCI professor of psychological science, and Gillian Hayes, UCI vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate Division. The duo recently discussed the trends they see in edtech research and the questions they hope to pursue answers for with CERES.

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