UCI News

ABC7, April 6, 2018 (Video)
Farmworker to physician: Dr. Ramon Resa, who worked at Central Valley farm picking cotton at age 3, shares story of resilience
At the age of 2, [Ramon] Resa was given up to a family in California’s Central Valley who already had 14 children. At the age of 3, he began picking cotton to help support his adopted family. He pushed through all obstacles and graduated from UCI Medical School. Resa is the subject of a documentary called, “Ramon Rising.” … Resa now treats the children of migrant farmworkers in the Central Valley where he grew up. He also travels the country, inspiring young people to reach for their dreams.

UPI, April 8, 2019
Kids in poorer neighborhoods likely to be less healthy, worse educated
When it comes to future success in life, where a child lives and who their parents are can be tightly connected, a new study says. Kids who grow up in poor neighborhoods have a higher genetic risk of underperforming in school and having children too early … “Surprisingly, for obesity, one of the most prevalent and costly health problems facing this generation, we found no link between neighborhood and genetic risk,” said Candice Odgers, a researcher at University of California at Irvine and study author.

The New Yorker, April 8, 2019
Who Belongs in Prison?
In a book about how the punishment of mere misdemeanors can have life-altering consequences, “Punishment Without Crime” (Basic), Alexandra Natapoff calls this process “net widening”: it includes the attempts, which Bazelon tracks in Kevin’s case, to move his offense out of the normal criminal courts and into a special “diversion” program. This adds bureaucratic labyrinth to unjust arrest. “Each of these reforms makes room for more people in the system,” Natapoff, a law professor at U.C. Irvine, writes.

Orange County Register, April 5, 2019
Legendary UC Irvine men’s water polo coach Ted Newland dies at 91
Legendary former UC Irvine men’s water polo coach Ted Newland, known for mentoring a generation of young men as much as his Hall of Fame record, died Thursday night at age 91. … [Ted] Newland coached UC Irvine for 39 years, leading the Anteaters to national titles in 1970, 1982 and 1989, six NCAA runner-up finishes and 21 trips to the NCAA final four. … Newland also helped produced 11 Olympians. … “Coach Newland was the godfather of UCI water polo and a legend in the water polo community,” said Dan Klatt, the Anteaters’ women’s water polo coach who played for Newland and became an Olympian. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

BBC, April 8, 2019
What if California seceded from the US?
“We have to go back historically, to something like the 1890s post-Civil War period, to find politics in the US that are anywhere near as bitterly polarised as we have now,” says Bernard Grofman, a political scientist at the University of California, Irvine. “Polarisation in Congress is at levels we have not seen in more than 100 years.”

Previously “In the News”