UCI News

Orange County Business Journal, June 22, 2020
UCI Law Dean Aims For Improved Race Relations
When it comes to improving U.S. race relations, University of California, Irvine School of Law Dean L. Song Richardson says this time may be different. … Richardson, who is also a university Chancellor’s Professor of law, is a leading legal expert on the science of “implicit bias,” a type of unconscious bias that influences judgments about race and gender. The work has proven to be especially timely in light of national events. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The New York Times, June 19, 2020
‘The Last of Us Part II’ Is a Dark Game for a Dark Time
“It has L.G.B.T. representation at the center of the game,” said Bonnie Ruberg, a professor of film and media studies at the University of California, Irvine. “On the business side, it represents at least one company’s willingness to step up and say, ‘We are going to put the money and time into this representation.’ Because historically, that’s the line studios use to avoid it — they say, ‘These games are so expensive to make that we don’t want to alienate our core player base.’” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]

Orange County Register, June 20, 2020 (Opinion)
Opinion: DACA and why the fight must go on: Laura Enriquez
Laura E. Enriquez, an assistant professor of Chicano/Latino Studies at UC Irvine, is author of the book “Of Love and Papers: How Immigration Policy Affects Romance and Family.” [Enriquez writes,] “For my research on the effects on immigration policy, I interviewed 72 DACA recipients in California in 2011-2012 – before DACA began – and then again in 2015 when they were DACA beneficiaries. They reported substantial changes in their economic situations, with their average incomes increasing by almost $500 a month.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

The Washington Post, June 22, 2020
Amid threats and political pushback, public health officials are leaving their posts
This month in California, Nichole Quick, Orange County’s chief health officer, stepped down after she faced threats and protests at her home for requiring face coverings in many businesses as cases rose. The mandate, issued May 23, was softened to a recommendation a week later. Andrew Noymer, a professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine who is part of a county task force, said it was not the first time Quick had been undermined. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Daily Pilot, June 18, 2020 (Commentary)
Commentary: A mask in the O.C. has become as heated as the veil in Iran
Roxanne Varzi, UCI professor of anthropology writes, “At the end of the day, the mask doesn’t represent a lack of choice, but a good one. It’s been recommended by public health experts for personal safety and not for political or religious reasons. It’s more than a symbol. Bound by politics and danger — and what we anthropologists call a social contract — what we wear is not immaterial. Sometimes it’s more than a political statement, it’s a matter of life and death.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.

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