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NBC News, May 12, 2022
Some birth control could be banned if Roe v. Wade is overturned, legal experts warn
“This is the new Jane Crow that we’re about to enter,” said Michele Goodwin, a Chancellor’s Professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of “Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood.” “It’s no longer a hypothetical — the reality is already here,” Goodwin said, pointing to states that are considering legislation to limit which kinds of birth control residents can acquire, like Louisiana and Idaho.

HuffPost, May 12, 2022
Experts Predict If And When COVID Will Become A Seasonal Illness
Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health], an epidemiologist and demographer who studies infectious diseases at University of California, Irvine, expects COVID to become winter-dominant, like the flu, in the long run. SARS-CoV-2 is already somewhat seasonal and predictable in nature. “In the United States, all of the largest spikes have been in the winter, so it is kind of seasonal in that respect,” Noymer said.

WIRED, May 12, 2022
Google Has a Plan to Stop Its New AI From Being Dirty and Rude
Given the many unknowns about large language models and potential for powerful but flawed chatbots to cause trouble, Google should consider inviting outsiders to do more than just try limited demos of LaMDA, says Sameer Singh, a fellow at Allen Institute for AI and [ICS associate] professor at University of California, Irvine. “There has to be more conversation about how they’re making this safe and testing so outsiders can contribute to those efforts,” he says.

Al Jazeera English, May 11, 2022
Yoon Suk-yeol faces tough challenges. Is he up to the job?
Korea expert Kyung Hyun Kim says Yoon [Suk-yeol] was “regarded as Mr. Clean” for prosecuting prominent businessmen and politicians across the spectrum. “It didn’t matter which administration was in power, whether it was the left or whether it was the right. Yoon went after corruption in the system. He has a track record of pursuing justice, no matter what the political cost may be,” said the professor of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Irvine …. “And in a society that is seen to be largely unfair … there’s hope that he will bring justice to South Korea.”

23ABC, May 11, 2022
Bakersfield Sikh community feels appreciative for AAPI month
Harveen Kaur said there are more than 20,000 Punjabi and Sikh people in Bakersfield alone, which is why the Jakara movement is so necessary. …Harveen Kaur has been organizing since her college days at UC Irvine and said she saw the need to grow her community’s civic involvement. … Kaur said they teach the students that there is power in the collective and she is grateful that AAPI month shines a light on their culture.

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