August 23: UF in the News, 8/20/21 - 8/23/21

Psychologists say a good life doesn’t have to be happy, or even meaningful — Yahoo! finance, 08/20/21
Researchers have long believed that a focus on comfort and stability or on making a difference in the world -- are the keys to a good life. A new paper published in the American Psychological Association’s Psychological Review suggests there may be another path. Authors Shige Oishi, a professor at the University of Virginia, and Erin Westgate, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Florida, say a good life can also be characterized by “interesting experiences in which novelty and/or complexity are accompanied by profound changes in perspective.” 

These American universities graduate the most STEM majors -- Forbes, 08/20/21
UF graduated more undergraduate students with STEM degrees than almost any other university in the country, according to a list recently published by Forbes. The results are based on recent Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) figures and rank Florida at No. 12 after University of Illinois and before University of Minnesota.

Parents need help balancing kids’ safety and privacy online -- Barron’s, 08/20/21
Stacy Steinberg, director of the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Center on Children and Families, writes about the challenges of protecting children’s privacy and safety as well as possible solutions.

Puerto Rico has some of the best COVID-19 vaccination rates in the U.S. Here’s how the island did it  — USA Today, 08/21/21 
At least 79% of eligible Puerto Ricans have been vaccinated with at least one shot protecting them against COVID-19 infection. A part of that success may be rooted in the fact that the island has long struggled to raise its economic and government institutions to the same level as U.S. states, and many residents see strong public health as a key indicator of progress, said Carlos Suárez Carrasquillo, a Puerto Rico native and a University of Florida political science professor. Further, older residents who remember the devastation of polio and measles before widespread vaccination campaigns eradicated them from the island were primed to be both receptive of the COVID-19 vaccine and government efforts to distribute it.