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The New York Times, April 6, 2022
Ulysses Jenkins: Journeys of a Video Griot
“Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation” — the video artist’s first major museum retrospective, at the Hammer Museum after a stint at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in Philadelphia — asserts that Black culture doesn’t need white interpretation at all. In fact, interpretation — offered, more often than not, without understanding — is a big part of the same old problem of race in the United States. … [Professor Jenkins] has taught at the University of California, Irvine since 1993. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

NPR, April 7, 2022 (Audio)
People are developing trauma-like symptoms as the pandemic wears on
For Lanny Langstrom, the early months of the pandemic were filled with stress. “I was desperately trying to stay away from, like, this thing that I thought was going to kill me at any second,” he said. … What Langstrom describes is a collective trauma, according to Roxane Cohen Silver, [Distinguished Professor] of the University of California, Irvine. “The event happens, there’s great tragedy, and people pick up the pieces of their lives and start to figure out how they’re going to move forward,” she said. But Cohen Silver said the pandemic was different. For one, there wasn’t a single event — it was more like a “slow-moving disaster” that “escalated in intensity over time” but doesn’t have a clear beginning or endpoint.

The Washington Post, April 7, 2022
For people with Down syndrome, a longer life, but under a cloud
The FDA approval of Aduhelm ignited a raging debate, with many doctors saying they would not prescribe the drug and several insurers declining to pay for it. Yet even with the uncertainty surrounding the drug, said Elizabeth Head, [professor of pathology], at the University of California, Irvine, it is understandable why some families, especially those in which a loved one with Down syndrome faces an all but certain fate, “might believe doing something is better than doing nothing.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

IEEE Spectrum, April 7, 2022
Color Night Vision Brought to You by AI
In a new study, with the help of deep learning AI technology, scientists have devised a way in which infrared vision might help see the visible colors in a scene in the absence of light. “A lot of the world is color-coded in ways that we rely on to make decisions—think of traffic signals, for instance,” says study lead author Andrew Browne, [clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology], an engineer, surgeon and vision scientist at the University of California, Irvine. …  Working together with computer scientist Pierre Baldi, [UCI Distinguished Professor], Browne and his colleagues experimented with a camera sensitive to both visible and near-infrared light ….

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 6, 2022
Latitudes: Aiding Displaced Scholars
When Russian forces invaded Ukraine, Iryna Zenyuk watched as the war unfolded in her childhood home. “I woke up with the news and went to bed with the news,” Zenyuk, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of California, Irvine, said. “I’m as far away from Ukraine as I can be.” Soon, though, Zenyuk, who came to the United States at 15 and still has family and professional colleagues in Ukraine, decided she had to do more. She began to lay groundwork to bring Ukrainian scientists and other scholars displaced by the fighting to Irvine.

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