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AARP, April 21, 2021
Minorities Receive Less Timely Dementia Diagnoses Than Whites
An accompanying editorial in JAMA Neurology noted that the study apparently is the first to focus on disparities related to “time to diagnosis and comprehensiveness of evaluation” of dementia. Claudia Kawas, M.D., a [professor], geriatric neurologist and researcher at the University of California, Irvine, and other authors of the editorial … point to the need for more diversity in dementia research — particularly as the aging U.S. population grows more diverse.

Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2021 (Video)
Not all Asian Americans are being vaccinated at high rates. A Chinatown clinic shows why
Cevadne Lee, a director of community outreach and engagement at UC Irvine’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, …. who is part of the AANHPI Health Initiative, a coalition led by Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), helped lobby county government agencies. Their requests were the creation of a local Asian American COVID-19 task force, resources in more languages, and vaccine equity for Asian American seniors. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Orange County Register, April 20, 2021
Want pandemic relaxation? Here’s why spending time in outdoor garden spaces might help
Sean Patrick Goldy, a psychological science doctoral student at the University of California, Irvine, said that one of the effects of being in the outdoors is the psychological notion of awe, or a feeling that you are in the presence of something vast that breaks your frame of reference for understanding the world. … Studies show that awe is often associated with feelings of connection to others, generosity and sense of place in the universe — and those feelings of connection may be particularly important in a time when people feel especially isolated, Goldy said. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]

Grist, April 21, 2021
Report: California’s water systems are in deep trouble
2018 study analyzing data over a 34-year period showed that between 3 to 10 percent of community water systems in the U.S have health-based violations in any given year, affecting between 9 and 45 million people. “The communities that were really struggling tended to be rural, low-income communities,” said Maura Allaire, [assistant] professor of urban planning at University of California, Irvine, and lead author on the 2018 study.

Irvine Weekly, April 20, 2021
After summer of protests, Irvine reacts to verdict In Derek Chauvin trial
While the trial, nor the death of George Floyd were in close proximity to Irvine, the social reverberations have reached the highest academic institutions, even captivating UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman. “Today’s outcome is an important step toward accountability for that horrific injustice…The verdict is a step, but it is just one step,” a statement from Gillman read. “There is still so much to do.”

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