UCI News

Daily Pilot, July 21, 2020
UC Irvine receives $529 million in research funding, 20 percent more than previous year’s record
“This research funding milestone surpasses our campus strategic plan goal of $500 million while accelerating UCI’s ascent among its Assn. of American Universities peers as a world-class research university,” UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman said in a news release. “Despite the hurdles we face during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UCI community continues to make a meaningful impact on regional economic development and to improve society through globally prominent research.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

MarketPlace, July 21, 2020 (Audio)
Where did money come from?
Meet Bill Maurer [UCI anthropology professor]. Bill researches money and how we use it. … Bill has this theory about how money began …  people lived in small groups and people needed ways of keeping track of who did what for whom, who owed what to who and what obligations were to one another. Bill says if you lived back then, you might give family, friends, neighbors these fishbone necklaces and the necklaces were sort of a symbol that you would be there if they needed you. [Starts 7:29]

NPR, July 21, 2020 (Audio)
Fat phobia and its racist past and present
Where does our preference for thinness really come from? As Sabrina Strings [UCI associate professor of sociology] explains in her book, Fearing the Black Body, the answer is much more complicated than health or aesthetics. She argues that the origins of modern-day fat phobia can be traced all the way back to slavery and that Black people are still dealing with the consequences.

Brookings Institution, July 21, 2020
Having a ball with fractions: Fostering math skills through playful learning
Andres S. Bustamante, UCI assistant professor of education, Daniela Alvarez-Vargas, UCI education graduate student and others write, “Here we describe a new approach to rational number learning that addresses these challenges through a playful and physically active game called “Fraction Ball.” … Fraction Ball reimagines the lines of a basketball court to emphasize fraction and decimal learning by allowing children to take shots that are worth a fraction of a point. … Fraction Ball was developed and tested by a team of researchers in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine in collaboration with teachers and administrators from El Sol Science & Arts Academy in Santa Ana, CA.”

Bloomberg, July 21, 2020
Google women seek class-action status for gender-pay lawsuit
Google paid women approximately $16,794 less per year than “the similarly-situated man,” the women said in a filing on Tuesday, citing an analysis by David Neumark, an economist at the University of California, Irvine. “Google paid women less base salary, smaller bonuses, and less stock than men in the same job code and location,” they said.

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