UCI News

Insider, April 16, 2021
8 easy and fun exercises to get your kid moving, according to a pediatrician
Running not only helps kids develop healthy hearts, lungs, and coordination, but it can also improve cognitive performance, mental health, and academic performance says Candice Taylor Lucas, MD, an associate [clinical] professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine. … Jumping is another fundamental skill that builds on bouncing, which children typically are able to do by 18 months, Lucas says. Like running, jumping also helps develop balance and coordination while strengthening leg and core muscles.

Inside Higher Ed, April 14, 2021 (Opinion)
Opinion: 3 Ways to Support Immigration-Impacted Students
Laura E. Enriquez  UCI associate professor of Chicano//Latino studies and others write, “As colleges and universities continue to engage in remote learning and limited campus activities, we identify three ways that faculty members can support and advocate for immigration-impacted students. Strike a balance between synchronous and asynchronous activities. … Guide students in identifying ways to promote their mental well-being. … Reduce the cost of course materials and advocate for resources to buffer against financial strains.”

Wallet Hub, April 19, 2021
2021 Oscars Facts: 93rd Academy Awards By The Numbers
Catherine L. Benamou, UCI associate professor, Film & Media Studies, School of Humanities [said], “The lack of diversity in main categories would definitely have a negative impact on the awards, given that there is now a critical mass of diverse talent both in front of and behind the camera and microphone. Should the awards not keep pace with this diversity, they would lose their historical relevance. “

Yahoo News (The 74) April 15, 2021
California Ethnic Studies Push Becomes Culture War Flash Point
A report [Stanford Professor Thomas Dee] co-authored in 2016 with Emily Penner, University of California, Irvine assistant professor [of education], gives reason for optimism, particularly in closing the achievement gap between white children and students of color. The study reviewed an ethnic studies curriculum piloted at several San Francisco high schools that included students deemed at-risk of dropping out. The study found “surprisingly large effects,” including improved student attendance and grade point averages.

Daily Pilot, April 16, 2021
Master of the curve: Balboa artist works with unfurled metal pieces to create colorful sculptures
During her time as a student in the UCI studio art, [Mary Chabre] received the ArtsBridge scholarship, which was originally created by UCI in 1996 as a way to fill a needed art instruction shortage in California due to budget cuts. The UCI students who received the scholarships funded by private and corporate sponsors, would teach various forms of art to K-12 students from local schools. … “The ArtsBridge scholarship led me to teach,” said Chabre …. “It’s a wonderfully satisfying thing for me to do.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

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